The heart of the matter

Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…


Heart attack survivors have a 46% increased risk of dying within a year of their attack if one of nine essential care steps is missed out, say researchers from Leeds University. Here’s what SHOULD happen when you have a heart attack:

1. You get a pre-hospital electrocardiogram in the ambulance before even reaching hospital.

2. You’re given an aspirin.

3. You receive treatment known as reperfusion to restore blood flow to the heart.

4. You should leave hospital with more aspirin prescribed for use back at home.

5, 6, 7, and 8 are FOUR types of drug for heart attack (ACE-inhibitors, beta-blockers, angiotensin receptor blockers and statins).

9. You’re also referred for cardiac rehabilitation after discharge from hospital.

So many deaths could be avoided if all these steps were always followed, and it’s a tragedy when they’re not, say the researchers.

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