Heart attack deaths 'halved in last ten years'

26 January 2012

The number of people dying from heart attacks has dropped by around 50 per cent in the past ten years.

A new study published in the British Medical Journal showed that initiatives to help people quit smoking, lead a healthier lifestyle and improvements in hospital care have led to a decrease in fatalities from the disease.

Data was analysed from 2002 and 2010 and conclusions revealed that the death rate fell by about half during the period, with a 50 per cent drop in for cases in men and a 53 per cent decrease in women.

Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, which funded the research, said: "This impressive fall in death rates is due partly to prevention of heart attacks by better management of risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol."

He added that the "impressive" figures are also linked to better treatment when patients reach a hospital. However, the expert also highlighted that many cases of cardiac arrest lead to death before medical assistance is reached.

Statistics from the British Heart Foundation showed that coronary heart disease caused 71,797 deaths in 2008 and a further 52,021 fatalities were recorded as a result of circulatory disease.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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