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NHS heart disease treatment "outstanding"

The NHS has made outstanding progress in the management of cardiovascular disease (CVD), research reveals.

The Department of Health has met the target of reducing CVD deaths for people under the age of 75 years by 40% five years early.

In early 2001, 24% of patients received thrombolysis within 60 minutes of a call for help, now it has increased to almost 70%.

Prescriptions for cholesterol reducing statins have more than doubled over the past three years, cutting both coronary heart disease mortality and the yearly number of heart attacks.

Health Minister Ann Keen said: “We have made ongoing sustainable improvements for the treatment of heart disease that have dramatically reduced mortality rates.

“This is an outstanding achievement by all NHS staff and I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work and dedication that has made this possible.”

Department of Health