Author: Randell Mauricio
A recent national study suggests Canadians are less likely to die after an initial heart attack, and the Central RHA agrees.  

Acute Services Leader Eileen Vodden says survival rates have improved after a new guideline of procedures was implemented in 2004.  She also feels the growing awareness in warning signs have helped to prevent casualties.  

Despite the improvements in survival rates, heart disease remains the number cause of illness in the Central region -- the RHA deals with between 150 to 350 heart attacks a year.  

Vodden notes the RHA is stilling working towards improving lifestyles and increasing awareness in the area.