Here’s a good news story for those concerned about the dangers of heart disease – researchers at Oxford University, led by Dr Nick Townsend
, earlier this year reported on the remarkable decline in death rates from heart disease – up to 40% in a decade.
Cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and stroke in the past 10 years have been reduced by a combination of things such as:
- Wide uptake of cholesterol-busting statin drugs
- Falling rates of smoking
- Improved medical practices and techniques
- Healthier lifestyles
The research team at Oxford also found that the UK had one of the lowest mortality rates from heart disease across Europe. Britain’s rate of 342 deaths per 100,000 men compared very favourably to countries such as Ukraine and Moldova; these countries had rates closer to 1,000.
This is undoubtedly down to lower levels of development and poorer overall standards of medical care in these countries.
The UK’s excellent record in this area was backed up by data that showed heart disease causes 45% of all deaths across Europe, but only 27% in the UK. This suggests that the UK is strong in the areas of heart disease treatment and prevention, but less strong on some other conditions.
The study also suggested more evidence to the argument that heart disease is still majorly a disease of the older citizen. Dr Townsend commented: '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.' How to Guard Against the Danger of Heart Disease
Its sensible to be aware of what can happen when heart disease strikes you or someone you know; one of the most common manifestations of this is the heart attack. These are the symptoms to be aware of:
- Chest pain
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling sick or being sick
- Overwhelming anxiety
- Coughing or wheezing
These are the symptoms of a heart attack according to NHS Choices
online, if you suspect that you or someone you know is showing these symptoms, dial 999 immediately. Heart Disease - Is It Covered By Private Medical Insurance (PMI)?
The short answer is all PMI policies will offer cover for heart disease. If you have a heart attack you will initially be seen by the NHS emergency service, as there are currently no private emergency wards in the UK.
Once you have been stabilised, this is where the PMI cover starts. For Example, a typical PMI policy may be used to transfer you to a private ward for recovery immediately after the event.
It may also cover consultations, operations and rehabilitation which is medically necessary. In addition, some policies may also provide peace of mind by covering up to 5 years aftercare service.