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Treatment for heart disease must improve in deprived areas

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:558
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

The government has made major steps forward in the treatment of heart disease in England and Wales, according to a report by the NHS inspection body, the Healthcare Commission. But it still needs to do more to target people most at risk of heart disease, particularly those in areas of social or economic deprivation, where rates of heart disease are still higher than normal.

The report looks at progress on the national service framework for heart disease, which was launched in 2000. People who have a heart attack are getting treatment more quickly now. Eighty five per cent of patients were …

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