February 13, 2011
MP calls for improved care for heart attack victims
MP has this week called for action to improve care for people
who have suffered heart attacks.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UKs biggest killer
with around one in five men and one in seven women dying from
the disease and it causes an estimated 140 deaths each year in
Tessa Munt's Wells constituency, which includes Burnham-On-Sea.
In the last 10 years there has been a 50% reduction in deaths
from CHD, largely due to prompt care for patients when theyve
had a heart attack. Secondary prevention has also improved, with
a greater emphasis on prescribing drugs which aim to lower cholesterol
among those at risk.
However, fewer than 50% of patients receive cardiac rehabilitation,
despite the fact that guidelines recommend this is offered to
Tessa met representatives from the national charity HEART UK
last week to discuss local heart disease services and hear about
the importance of improving post-event care for patients.
By getting the treatment and support given to patients after
a heart attack right, the NHS not only improves the experience
and results for patients, but also saves money which could contribute
to the £20 billion efficiency savings the NHS needs to deliver
between 2011 and 2014.
Tessa said: "Id like to thank HEART UK for raising
their concerns and giving me the information about local heart
disease services. I am committed to working with the local NHS
and in parliament to ensure that heart disease services are co-ordinated
and delivering for rural Somerset."
Jules Payne, Chief Executive of HEART UK, added: "I would
like to thank Tessa for supporting the work of HEART UK in improving
outcomes for people with heart disease. Co-ordination 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."