About the episode
Every day 282 people will have a heart attack. 200 will die. In Manchester, a specialist team race to treat a steady stream of heart attack victims, some of whom have a twenty-year history of heart disease. In Liverpool six-month-old Kyran undergoes open heart surgery to correct a defect first detected in the womb and in Yorkshire, air ambulance paramedics attempt to resuscitate an eighty-year-old mechanic who has collapsed while working on a neighbour’s car.
Despite improvements in treatment, our increasingly sedentary lifestyle combined with an ageing population will only add to the pressure on the NHS – a dilemma playing out across the whole organisation as demands increase and the money to pay for it doesn’t.
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