BMJ editorial on coronary heart disease in young adults by Prof Alastair Leyland
posted on: Jul 21, 2009
Professor Alastair Leyland, from the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, comments on a recent study of trends in Scottish mortality from coronary heart disease in an editorial article for the British Medical Journal. The study , led by Professor Simon Capewell from the University of Liverpool, examined death rates from heart disease in Scotland from 1986 to 2006. The study showed that during this period mortality from coronary heart disease flattened among younger adults (age 35-54) particularly among those in the most socially deprived groups.
Prof. Leyland commented that it was extremely worrying that the slowing of improvements at younger ages was confined to the most deprived groups and asked why those young Scots were "not sharing in the benefits seen by others?". He further commented that health promotion programmes had seen limited success, and perhaps it was time "to tackle the social inequalities themselves - unequal distribution of power, money, resources and life chances."