A decline in mortality from cardiovascular disease . . . and other stories

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5132 (Published 28 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5132

Cardiovascular disease paradoxes

Total mortality from cardiovascular disease declined by 68% between 1980 and 2013 in the UK. But the prevalence of coronary heart disease has remained constant, at around 3% in England and 4% in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, according to data from NHS hospital records, the primary care Quality and Outcomes Framework, and national surveys (Heart doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2016-309573). Over most of this period the age at which people die from cardiovascular disease rose steadily, but recently this trend has shown slight reversal in most parts of the UK.

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