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Great Britain was compared with 20 other Western countries. Researchers found a 63 percent decrease in cardiovascular disease between 1989-91 and 2013-15

Deaths from heart disease fall by more than half thanks to better healthcare and fewer smokers

  • There was a 63 percent decrease in heart disease here between 1989-91 and 2013-15
  • Great Britain compared to 20 Western countries – only Australia had a larger reduction
  • It is despite the fact that Britain spends relatively less on national income on health
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Deaths from heart disease have fallen thanks to better health care and fewer smokers, a study shows.

Researchers who compared Britain to 20 other Western countries found a 63 percent decrease in cardiovascular disease between 1989-91 and 2013-15.

Only Australia had a larger overall reduction.

Great Britain was compared with 20 other Western countries. Researchers found a 63 percent decrease in cardiovascular disease between 1989-91 and 2013-15

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Great Britain was compared with 20 other Western countries. Researchers found a 63 percent decrease in cardiovascular disease between 1989-91 and 2013-15

The fall comes despite the fact that Britain spends a relatively lower share of national income on health.

Compared with the Western average of 8.6 percent of GDP for health, Britain achieved only 7.6 percent.

Disorders including strokes, heart disease and vascular dementia are all counted as cardiovascular diseases.

In 2005, the introduction of a procedure called coronary angioplasty also improved the chances of survival in patients with a heart attack.

The research from Bournemouth University was published in the Online Journal of Cardiovascular Research.

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Principal investigator Colin Pritchard warned against expecting further progress.

"Although heart disease is still a major threat, the good news is that the death rate in the Western world has halved in the last 25 years," he told The Times.

"With higher demands on the NHS, and with considerably lower average health spending than other countries and the increasing weight problems of people in their thirties and forties, we are not sure how long the Health Service can maintain its success."

Jeremy Pearson of the British Heart Foundation said: "The need to fund research into the prevention, treatment and cure of cardiovascular disease is more urgent than ever."

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