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ONE?IN?THREE?heart attack patients in this country die before they are discharged from hospital.
That’s one of the findings from the data collected from the Barbados National Registry (BNR), a national surveillance system run by the Chronic Disease Research Centre on behalf of the Ministry of Health.
Speaking at a lecture and panel discussion hosted by the Ministry of Health at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre Wednesday night, director of the BNR, Angie Rose, noted that there was an average of one heart attack per day and almost two strokes on a daily basis in Barbados.
“Half of the heart attack patients in this country die before they reach the hospital . . . . This is important because it means that quite possibly people are not aware of the signs of a heart attack, so they don’t realize what is happening and they don’t manage to get to the hospital in time,” she said.
Rose said that only one in three heart attack sufferers were admitted to the intensive care unit.