Stroke victims four times more likely to die than heart attack sufferers in A&E

The Department of Health has published figures that reveal that the number people admitted to hospital through Accident and Emergency suffering from a stroke are four times more likely to die than those who have suffered a heart attack and admitted through Accident and Emergency. They were also 3 times more likely to die within 30 days from admission than patients suffering from a hip fracture.

 

Heart attacks, strokes and hip fractures have the highest death rates for patients who are admitted through Accident and Emergency in the NHS according to the NHS Information Centre. In the last decade, the death rate for heart attacks has almost been cut in half from 1 in 11 to 1 in 20. Approximately 150,000 suffer from a stroke every year and strokes cause 53,000 deaths annually. It is Britain’s third biggest killer overall after heart attacks and cancer. However, there are concerns that many people do not know the signs to look out for.

The death rate for strokes has fallen for patients admitted to Accident and Emergency, but only from 1 in 4 to 1 in 5. There has also been a fall of 4% in the number of people taken to Accident and Emergency due to a stroke in the past decade.

Simon Burns, the Minister of State for Health commented on the figures saying, “These improvements reflect the dedication of NHS staff working to improve services and support their patients. Treatment for heart attack, stroke and falls and fractures are improving all the time, but we know further progress can still be made. Patients should be getting the right care first time and that is why we are developing strategies to tackle cardiovascular disease and strokes.”

Dr Sharing Ahmed, the research liaison officer at the Stroke Association, said that “great strides” had been made in stroke care in recent years. “We’re for life after stroke and, as this research shows, we see more people surviving strokes each year. We are concerned about adequate support being in place to help stroke survivors after they have left hospital and are reintegrating into the community.”

Source: Patients Association, http://www.patients-association.com/portals/0/public/newsletters/120302.html

For more information, please visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/elderhealth/9114878/Stroke-victims-at-highest-death-risk.html


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