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Heart disease: Welsh government pledge on specialists

Patients who suffer heart problems should be seen by a specialist within 24 hours of being admitted to hospital, the Welsh government says.

The pledge is part of a new plan to improve services for people with heart disease.

Circulatory disease is the largest cause of deaths in Wales, accounting for more than 10,000 deaths every year, with 4,700 from coronary heart disease.

Robin Williams, 67, from the Vale of Glamorgan told BBC Radio Wales how he was diagnosed with coronary heart disease in 2000, while Wrexham GP Dr Peter Saul told Felicity Evans that early diagnosis was crucial.

  • 09 Aug 2012
  • From the section Wales