An action plan by the Scottish Government has called for the installation of defibrillator machines at airports and railway stations in a bid to reduce sudden deaths.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has also said that the government would like to reduce premature death from heart disease by 60% and stroke by 50% by 2010. An increased emphasis will also be placed on treating inherited heart disease especially in youngsters.
Cardiac rehabilitation services are also on the government's radar and will be improved by holding more local gym sessions for recovering as well as potential patients.
David Clark, chief executive of Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland welcomed the new measures, "This new strategy provides an excellent opportunity to take this to the next stage by improving the quality of life for people who survive heart disease and strokes," he added.