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Deaths caused by heart attacks on the decline

GOOD NEWS: Heart attack deaths decrease by half over last decade

DEATHS CAUSED by heart attacks in the UK are reportedly on the decline, an Oxford University study has revealed.

The research published in the British Medical Journal, studied over 800,000 men and women who suffered heart attacks between 2002 and 2010, and allegedly found a 50 percent decrease of men killed by heart attacks and a 53 percent decline in women.

The study's researchers have reportedly said that the fall could be attributed to improvements in NHS care, but insist that further research is needed to pinpoint specific elements of prevention and treatments that effect heart attack death rates.

Medical director at the British Heart Foundation, Prof Peter Weissberg, told the BBC: "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 and due partly to better treatment of heart attack patients when they reach hospital."

He added: "But far too many heart attack victims still die from a cardiac arrest before medical help arrives. Many of these deaths could be prevented by rapid cardiopulmonary resuscitation."

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