WALES: Heart Attacks Fall in Wake of Ban on Public Smoking; Hospitals Register 13% Drop in Coronary Cases

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WALES: Heart Attacks Fall in Wake of Ban on Public Smoking; Hospitals Register 13% Drop in Coronary Cases


Byline: By TOM BODDEN Welsh Affairs Correspondent

WELSH hospitals reported a big fall in treating heart attacks in the wake of the ban on smoking in public places last year.

In the three months from October to December 2007 - the date when the last full figures are available - there were 4,669 heart-related emergency admissions.

This compares to 5,339 in the same period of 2006 and 5,452 in 2005, according to data released to Plaid Cymru under the Freedom of Information Act.

This represents a fall of 13% between October-December 2006 and the same period of last year.

The reduction was 6% in North Wales, 5.4% in Mid and West Wales and 22% in south-east Wales, Admissions to hospitals for heart-related problems had been falling.

But the rate of decline appears to have increased in thewake of the April 2, 2007, ban on smoking in public places.

Smoking is one of the major causes of heart attacks.

In England, in some hospitals there has been a 41% drop in treating heart attacks since the smoking ban came in there in July 2007.

More than half of hospital trusts are treating fewer heart attacks since the ban began.

Nearly six in 10 NHS trusts are reporting a dramatic fall in the number of heart attack patients being admitted to emergency wards. …

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