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Early warning signs of heart attacks 'being missed'

Symptoms may have been missed in up to one in six patients who died of a heart attack in hospital in England, new study results suggest. 
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Symptoms may have been missed in up to one in six patients who died of a heart attack in hospital in England, new study results suggest.

Researchers from Imperial College London examined the records of all 446,744 NHS hospital stays in England between 2006-10 that recorded heart attacks, as well as the hospitalisation history of all 135,950 heart attack deaths.

The records showed whether patients who died of a heart attack had been admitted to hospital in the previous four weeks, and whether signs of a heart attack were recorded as the primary diagnosis, secondary diagnosis or not recorded at all.

Symptoms missed

The researchers found that 16% of those who died from a heart attack had been hospitalised during

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