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March 2012 Br J Cardiol 2012;19:10

MI deaths continue to fall sharply in England

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Abstract

Overall, just over half of the decline is attributed to a fall in event rate and just less than half to a decline in case fatality, so advances in both primary prevention and secondary prevention appear to have contributed. The latest data come from a study conducted by researchers led by Kate Smolina (Unit of Health-Care Epidemiology, Oxford), who used national hospital and mortality data to identify 840,175 patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction (MI) during the eight year period. The standardised mortality rate from MI decreased in men from 78.7 to 39.2 (38.6 to 39.9) per 100,000 population and in women from 37.3 to 17.7. A decli

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