Mortality from MI falls by one third

Australians are far more likely to survive a heart attack today than they were a decade ago, latest figures show.

The mortality rate from myocardial infarction has fallen 39% since the turn of the century, according to new statistics from the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

MIs claimed 9,811 lives nationally in 2011, down from 14,443 in 2001.

The greatest difference was seen in the ACT, where mortality rates fell