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Heart attack deaths fall by half in England during 2000s

26th January 2012

The number of people dying from heart attacks has dropped by half over the last decade, according to a new study from the University of Oxford.

Analysis of national hospital and mortality data for more than 840,000 heart attack patients in England between 2002 and 2010 showed a 50 percent drop in death rates among males and a 53 percent fall among women.

According to Oxford researcher Dr Mike Rayner, this trend can be attributed both to a drop in the rate of heart attacks occurring and to increases in the number of people surviving these events.

He cited lifestyle improvements, the availability of more effective drugs and a higher standard of hospital care as key contributory factors.

Dr Rayner added: "The NHS – at least in this regard – has been performing well and this calls into question whether it should needs to change radically in the way it does things."

The findings have been welcomed by the British Heart Foundation, which suggested that more widespread knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation could help to further reduce mortality rates.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801275616-ADNFCR

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