Deaths from cardiovascular disease are four times higher in eastern Europe than western Europe

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 27 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4606
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Stark differences exist in death rates from cardiovascular disease (CVD) across Europe, as rates in western Europe are far lower than those in the former Eastern bloc states, data published in the European Heart Journal show.1

Deaths from CVD have been declining, but over four million deaths a year still occur in Europe (45% of all deaths). Among women, eight countries—France, Israel, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom—have cardiovascular death rates lower than 250 per 100 000 women …

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