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Heart attack patients survive best in specialist units

Every day around 30 Londoners suffer a heart attack but their chances of survival vary hugely.

BBC London Inside Out has uncovered unpublished London Ambulance Service figures which show a dramatic variation in survival rates between specialist heart centres and A&E units.

These internal figures reveal patients had a 60% survival rate when taken to one of London's eight heart attack centres, compared with A&Es where the best survival figure was just 26%.

Only London's paramedics can decide whether patients go to A&E or to the nearest dedicated heart attack centre.

Reporter Mark Jordan looks at how these specialist heart centres have revolutionised the odds of survival.

Inside Out London is broadcast on BBC One on Monday, 29 September at 19:30 BST and nationwide for seven days thereafter on the iPlayer.

  • 29 Sep 2014
  • From the section London