A seminar on the high incidence of heart disease in Kerry is set to take place in Tralee next week. Heart disease is the number one killer in the county today. According to the Southern Health Bord, Kerry has a consistently higher mortality rate from cardio – vascular complaints than the national average.Kerry now has a higher death rate from the disease than any other part of the European community. In 2001 532 people in the county died from a heart related illness. According to the conference organiser Deputy Jimmy Deenihan cardiovascular disease will eventually kill half of the population. He says the factors contributing to the high rates in Kerry will be discussed at the seminar as well as ways of preventing it.