Duncan joined HEART UK in Parliament to call for coordinated action to improve post-event care for people who have heart attacks.
Duncan met representatives from HEART UK to find out more about heart disease services in Chippenham and the importance of improving post-event care for patients.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK’s biggest killer – around one in five men and one in seven women die from the disease. CHD causes around 94,000 deaths in the UK each year – around 140 deaths in every parliamentary constituency.
Encouragingly, in the last 10 years there has been a 50% reduction in mortality from CHD. This is largely due to prompt care for patients when they’ve had a heart attack, with many more specialist centres and wider use of clot busting drugs. Secondary prevention has also improved with a greater emphasis on prescribing drugs which lower cholesterol among those at risk.
By getting the treatment and support given to patients after an event right, the NHS will not only improve the experience and outcomes for patients but also save money which could contribute to the £20 billion efficiency savings that the NHS must deliver between 2011 and 2014.
Jules Payne, Chief Executive of HEART UK said:
“I would like to thank Duncan Hames for supporting the work of HEART UK in improving outcomes for people with heart disease.
“Coordination across the NHS, Public Health England and social care services is vital at both a national and local level to continue to deliver improved outcomes for heart disease and tackle the post-event care challenge.”