Spike in heart attacks, but fewer dying

Only one in 12 people hit by attacks dying as treatments have become better and quicker

The National Heart Centre Singapore's cardiac catheterisation laboratory carries out coronary angiography, angioplasty and stenting. The faster the arteries are unblocked, the better the recovery as more heart muscle is preserved.
The National Heart Centre Singapore's cardiac catheterisation laboratory carries out coronary angiography, angioplasty and stenting. The faster the arteries are unblocked, the better the recovery as more heart muscle is preserved.PHOTO: NATIONAL HEART CENTRE

The number of people getting heart attacks in Singapore has shot up in recent years - but far fewer are dying because of them.

Back in 2007, heart attacks killed one in six people who suffered them. Fast forward to 2016, only one in 12 people hit by heart attacks died as treatments became better and quicker.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2018, with the headline 'Spike in heart attacks, but fewer dying'. Subscribe