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Heart attack treatment 'is becoming more effective'

Recent developments in cardiac care are saving lives.

This is according to a new report funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which found that a patient is almost half as likely to die in hospital following a cardiac arrest as they were in 2003.

The research attributed the increased survival rate to the impact of the National Service Framework (NSF) for Coronary Heart Disease, a ten-year programme aimed at modernising heart care in the UK.

Commenting on the findings, the BHF's senior cardiac nurse Natasha Stewart said: "The NSF has clearly helped to improve and standardise treatment and care for heart attack patients."

The initiative has seen the widespread introduction of specialist treatments such as coronary angioplasty that help improve blood flow by reopening narrowed arteries.

One of the targets the programme achieved has ensured 90 per cent of patients discharged after a heart attack now receive preventative medicines that reduce the risk of a follow-up attack.

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