Sunday 18 February 2018

Mayo has the highest mortality rate in Ireland but which county has the lowest?

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Irish people living in Mayo are more likely to die than in any other county according to figures released by the CSO.

County Mayo has the nation’s highest fatality rate at 843 deaths per 100,000, CSO data revealed.

People living in Mayo are more likely to die from a heart attack, coronary heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than in other counties. The illnesses have been noted as Ireland’s most common killers.

”It’s well known by medical professionals that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in Ireland,” said Dr. Angie Brown of the Irish Heart Foundation speaking to The Irish Daily Mirror.

“The good news is that 80pc of cardiovascular disease is preventable, which reaffirms the need for increased awareness of heart disease and stroke prevention and symptoms,” she said.

Kerry was found to have the second highest fatality rate at 783 deaths per 100,000.

Meanwhile, Kildare was found to be the healthiest county in the country with a low death rate of just 440 deaths per 100,000. Kildare men were revealed as Ireland’s healthiest while women in Mayo had the highest mortality rate in the country.

Lung cancer was found to be the most common cause of death in Kildare  in 2012 while in Longford, more people died from pneumonia than any other disease.

Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer, stroke and breast cancer were also found to be common diseases which cause the deaths of many Irish people each year.

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