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EU — New Cardiovascular Diseases Statistics 2012

December 2, 2012

New Cardiovascular Diseases Statistics 2012

Source: European Heart Network

From press release (PDF):

New figures released to mark World Heart Day (29th September) show a significant improvement in Europe’s heart health. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Heart Network (EHN) are releasing up to date statistics1 on the burden of heart disease in Europe and in the EU today. These figures represent the first comprehensive overview of the impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD) since 2008.

The statistics show that efforts to reduce heart disease deaths are successful, with mortality now falling in most of the continent. At the same time, the report shows the huge burden CVD presents to Europe’s health, and suggests that underlying factors may cause CVD to increase in the near future.

The figures show some good news. Since the 2008 report there has been a substantial drop in the number of deaths attributed to heart disease. CVD is now responsible for four million European deaths annually, down from 4.3 million in 2008 (which represents a drop from 48% to 47% of total European deaths). Within the EU, it is responsible for 1.9 million deaths per year, down from two million in 2008 (40% of all EU deaths, down from 42%)

See: World Heart Day: New European statistics released on heart disease and stroke (EurekAlert!)

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