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Circulatory diseases are Europe's biggest killer

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7561.218-b (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:218

Brussels Rory Watson

Heart attacks, strokes, and other diseases of the circulatory system are the most common cause of death in the European Union, killing two in every five people each year and more than half of those aged over 85.

The findings are from the latest survey into causes of death by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office. However, the survey, Atlas on Mortality in the European Union which used data for 2001-3, shows major differences in causes of death between countries and across age groups.

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