Israelis survive heart attacks more often than Europeans, study shows

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The results of a study conducted by European Heart Journal were published this week, and revealed that Israelis are far more likely to survive a major heart attack than victims in 20 European nations.

The survey showed that 4.2 percent of Israelis admitted to intensive care as a result of a heart attack end up dying. That number is much lower than those submitted by the European nations that participated in the study. For example, 6.6 percent of intensive care heart patients die in France, 6.8 die in Germany and 9 percent die in Britain.

The discrepancy was attributed to the fact that Israel is far quicker at responding to major heart attacks and conducting emergency catheterizations. Israel also has a fairly high number of intensive care units per capita, with one unit for every 333,500 citizens. Germany has many more, with one intensive care unit for every 190,000 people, while nations like Britain were much lower on the list, with just one intensive care unit for every 620,000 people.

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