Heart attack deaths down 60% in Nottingham
DEATHS from heart attacks at Nottingham's hospitals have dropped by more than 60 per cent – even though the number of sufferers has risen.
The city's high number of smokers and obese people has been blamed for a 14 per cent rise in the number of local heart attack patients – from 1,415 to 1,618 – at Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen's Medical Centre over the last ten years.
But doctors have managed to reduce the number of fatalities from 319 in 2002 to just 126 in 2011, a 10 per cent bigger drop than the national average.
Dr John Walsh, head of cardiology services at Nottingham University Hospitals, said he was "pleased and encouraged" by the results.
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"We've done well, but the rise in heart attack admissions shows we've got a long way to go," he said.
Dr Walsh said he believed the fall in deaths was down to a "team effort" by every part of the NHS in Notts, and the expertise of the City Hospital's Trent Cardiac Centre which opened in 2005 and became a specific heart attack centre for the East Midlands in 2011.
The centre boasts the quickest times in the East Midlands for getting patients from the hospital door onto the surgery table, as 51-year-old Debbie Winterburn, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, found out when she had a heart attack a week ago today.
She said: "As soon as I arrived they gave me a numbing injection. Because I was operated on so quickly, doctors said there was no lasting damage to my heart."