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Most heart attack patients 'not receiving vital treatment'

Most heart attack patients 'not receiving vital treatment'
26th August 2009

Two-thirds of heart attack patients have failed to receive a life-saving service that could have been available to them, according to a report released this week.

Dr Jane Flint, the national clinical advisor for cardiac rehabilitation to NHS Improvement, explained that results from this British Heart Foundation study are particularly "disappointing" and have showed for the third year in a row that there has been no major improvement.

The expert noted that cardiac rehabilitation is simply not being delivered, though it has recently been switched to top priority as a service to be offered.

She explained: "The situation is that most who don't go to rehab or don't get the chance, it is because it is not being offered because sadly the furthest development locally is not sufficient to cope with the workload."

According to the most recent statistics from the British Heart Foundation, a person in the UK dies from a heart attack every six minutes.

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