Lives at risk due to 50% drop in heart attack A&E attendances

People suffering heart attacks during the coronavirus outbreak may be putting their lives at risk by delaying seeking medical help, according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

New data from hospitals across England show that the number of people seen in hospital with a suspected heart attack has halved since the beginning of March. The BHF is warning that thousands of people may...

University Hospitals Plymouth first in UK to get new Heart-Lung machines

Patients of Cardiothoracic Theatres in Plymouth are first in the UK to benefit from new high-tech heart-lung machines following a wider £4million investment in cardiothoracic surgery over 10 years.

Five new ‘Quantum heart-lung machines’ will mean improved safety for patients undergoing heart surgery.

Heart-lung machines (or cardiopulmonary bypass machines) take over the work...

Learn how to Restart a Heart with St John Ambulance in Devon

St John Ambulance volunteers in Devon will teach the public how to save lives this month, as part of the 2019 Restart A Heart campaign.

At a series of free sessions, people can learn how to help someone who has gone into cardiac arrest, via practical information on how to deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and deliver shocks to the heart with a defibrillator.


Expansion for successful PSP heart screening team

Nearly 10,000 people have benefitted from a heart screening service, based at Plymouth Science Park, which is now tripling the size of its premises to meet increasing demand.

Ultracardiac is also planning to take on an extra cardiac sonographer and another receptionist - having already more than doubled its staffing numbers in nearly two years.

The company is able to provide...

Study sheds light on link between cholesterol and diabetes

The slight increase in risk of developing type 2 diabetes during statin treatment may actually be a consequence of having lowered cholesterol, rather than a direct effect of the drug, according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation.

The genetic study found that people with genes predisposing them to having lower levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, had a...

Health reality check for middle aged men

There may be a discrepancy between how much men value their health and what they do to look after it, according to new research from Public Health England:

Three quarters (74%) of men in England aged 40 to 60 place their health in the top three most important things in their life

Only a third (35%) feel confident that they know all the risk factors for heart disease


Half of adults in SW never speak to loved ones about family medical history

Almost half of adults in the South West are shying away from potentially life saving conversations with their loved ones about health conditions that run in the family, according to new statistics released ahead of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Wear It Beat It campaign to get the nation wearing red to fight heart disease on Friday 5th February.

Having a family history of...

Patients with abnormally fast heart rates to benefit from modification to treatment

NIHR-funded study reveals simple, safe and cost-free modification to an emergency treatment for patients with abnormally fast heart rates

A simple, safe and cost-free modification to a technique used to treat patients in the emergency department with an abnormally fast heart rate could improve its effectiveness by more than a quarter, according to a study published in The Lancet on...

£2m study to check if chest scans can cut heart attack risk

Doctors from Plymouth will be supporting a study to investigate whether routine heart scans for hospital patients with chest pains will help reduce heart attack rates.

Professor Carl Roobottom, Consultant Radiologist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Professor Jason Smith, Consultant in

Emergency Medicine at...

Heart charity plea to sign life-saving petition

People in the South West believe children should be taught CPR in schools, according to new research by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The BHF polled over 2,000 people and found that 89% of people in the South West thought that children should leave secondary school knowing the life-saving skill.

More than 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital, but less...