Heart Attack Hits UK Every Five Minutes
Independent analyst Datamonitor Healthcare sheds light on global myocardial infarction rates
Ahead of World Heart Day on the 29th September, independent analyst Datamonitor Healthcare has revealed that 124,500 Britons will have a heart attack in 2013.
Despite this shocking statistic, which equates to an incident every five minutes, the rate of heart attacks in the UK is stabilising.
Across the 5 major EU markets* Germany has the highest incident rate for 2013 (197,000) followed by Italy (154,900), the UK, France (116,400) and Spain (65,200). Japanese incident rates on the other hand are around one seventh of the EU’s.
The UK’s average annual growth rate of 1.1% compares well to other countries such as Spain (1.5%) and France (1.4%); a promising statistic, considering the overall lower burden of cardiovascular disease in these countries.
Victoria Hudson, cardiovascular disease analyst at Datamonitor Healthcare said: “Heart disease is a complex web of various risk factors and co-morbid conditions that work together to weaken the heart. There are several factors that affect the risk of myocardial infarction (MI), including smoking, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.
“Mortality rates have decreased significantly over the past 50 years which is generally attributed to advances in medical care as well as increased public awareness of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the importance of seeking medical care quickly.
“However, the improved prognosis for MI and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is not equally distributed across all patients. Women continue to take longer to seek medical care and receive proper treatment and therefore have higher (ACS) mortality rates. Diabetics, as well, still experience high incidence rates of ACS and poorer outcomes. Much of the delay in properly treating these two patient populations comes from their tendency to not present with chest pain, the hallmark of MI and ACS.”
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*5 major EU markets = France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
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Posted: September 2013