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Victims of heart attacks remain at a high risk of a repeat attack for four years afterwards regardless of surgery or medication, according to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress. The study looked at 10,000 British heart attack patients and found that while two-thirds remained event free in the first year following their heart attack, in the subsequent three years 17 per cent went on to suffer a heart attack or stroke, or develop a fatal cardiovascular disease. Diseases affecting the heart and circulatory system are the UK's biggest killer and cause around 180,000 deaths a year. The cost to British healthcare was £8.7 billion in 2009, and the British Heart Foundation estimates around one million men and 500,000 women have had a heart attack.
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