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Fast Facts

  • The annual incidence of hospital admission for acute heart attack patients varies across Europe between 90–312 per hundred thousand per year.

  • Scientific research has clearly shown that use of primary angioplasty can better reduce the risks of mortality, reinfarction and stroke, over other treatments.  The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines therefore recommend this as the preferred treatment whenever it is available within 90-120 minutes of the first medical contact.

  • The use of primary angioplasty to treat acute heart attack patients across Europe ranges between 5 and 92 per cent of all heart attack patients.

Please click here to read more about inequality of access to this life saving treatment for acute heart attacks.

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