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DEATH rates from heart disease – the biggest killer in Portsmouth – have plunged by nearly a half in the past 15 years.

New figures shows that more city residents who are under 75 die from cardiovascular disease than the national average.

But there has been a 47.4 per cent fall in the city’s mortality rate from the disease for people under 75, since 1995/6.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health for NHS Portsmouth, said the figures were a good start.

‘The good news is that mortality rates for cardiovascular disease have fallen pretty dramatically – although we appreciate that our rates have not fallen as much as some other parts of the country,’ he said,

‘But there’s no doubting too that these figures are further evidence, if any was needed, that there is still plenty of room for improvement.

‘The figures enforce the message about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle – of not smoking, not drinking excessively, eating well and keeping fit.’