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Government hails heart disease success

By Lilian Anekwe

The Government has trumpeted its success in tackling heart disease, announcing it met its target for reducing deaths in 2005 - five years ahead of schedule.

The National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease originally set a goal of reducing deaths from CVD for people under 75 by 40% by 2010.

An NSF progress report shows prescriptions for statins have more than doubled over the last three years, ‘cutting both mortality and the yearly number of heart attacks'.

Heart tsar Professor Roger Boyle said the interim report reflected ‘the Department of Health's commitment to tackle cardiovascular heart disease'.

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