Women in the north of England have a 90 per cent higher death rate from coronary heart disease than women in East Anglia, while men have a 50 per cent higher death rate, according to a report from the British Heart Foundation which highlights the impact of social inequalities on death rates from the disease. The report shows the premature death rate from coronary heart disease is 58 per cent higher among manual workers than non-manual ones, while cigarette smoking is more prevalent among manual groups and declining more slowly.

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