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Heart disease deaths drop

8th January 2007

27042006_operating_room.jpgAlmost 10,000 lives are being saved every year thanks to the routine use of cholesterol-busting statins.

Deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) have dropped by a third in the past decade, government figures reveal.

More than 100,000 people die each year from the disease, while 1.3 million people have a heart attack and two million people suffer from angina.

But the progress report on the CHD National Service Framework revealed 9,700 lives were saved in 2005 – this is more than three times the number saved in 2000.

It showed statins use tripled between 2003 and 2005, while the number of heart surgeons and cardiologists increased, with plans for many more over the next few years.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said the NHS in England was on target for a 40 per cent reduction in heart disease deaths by 2010.

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