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According to a new study, the rate of heart disease in the UK has fallen more than 40 per cent in a decade mostly due to statin drugs, healthier lifestyles and better medical practices in the country.
Experts said that death rates for heart disease in the UK fell more than 40 per cent during the previous ten years. Increased consumption of cholesterol-busting drugs as well as healthier lifestyles and improved medical services has brought down deaths caused by heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems.
Experts said that heart disease is a leading cause of death in the UK. The new study showed that there was a 44.4 per cent drop in death rates among men in the UK and a 43.6 per cent drop among women resulting from death diseases during the previous ten years till 2011. The study was conducted by experts at Oxford University. The team studied the death rate linked to cardiovascular disease across Europe.
The experts found that the UK has one of the best records in Europewith 342 deaths per 100,000 men in 2011, and 232 per 100,000 women as a result of heart disease.
Lead author, Dr Nick Townsend said, "Cardiovascular disease results in 49 per cent of deaths among women and 41 per cent among men.Although deaths from cardiovascular disease are decreasing overall in Europe, the increases we are seeing in obesity and diabetes will either counter that decrease, leading to a reversal of the favourable trend, or place an extra burden on health services in treating those at high risk of cardiovascular disease in order to prevent them from developing chronic cardiovascular conditions and to keep them alive into older age."