From the Daily Mail:
Researchers were attempting to discover whether the drop was driven by prevention through lifestyle changes or treatment once a heart attack happened. They analysed data on 840,000 victims either admitted to hospital in England for a heart attack or who died suddenly from one. And they found that lifestyle and treatment played an almost equal role in preventing fatalities.
As well as revealing the plunging death rate the study also found that the occurrence of heart attacks fell over the same period by 33 per cent in men and 31 per cent in women.
Areas to think about:
- How can these improvements be built upon?
- What might cause rates to rise in the future?
- If fewer people are getting & dying from heart attacks, what are the suffering from and dying of instead? Are those other causes more or less expensive to manage and treat? What are the cost implications for the health service in the future?