Three quarters of deaths in developing world will be caused by heart and lung diseases by 2030

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 30 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2322
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Deaths from heart disease and lung disease in developing countries are set to rise considerably in the next 25 years as populations age and deaths from infectious diseases decline, says a report from the World Health Organization.

    The Global Burden of Disease: 2004 Update says that the leading causes of death globally in 2030 are projected to be “ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and lower respiratory infections (mainly pneumonia).”

    Non-communicable conditions will account for 75% of all deaths by 2030, up from 60% in …

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