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Death Rates From Cardiovascular Causes Vary Widely Across Europe
Date:2/6/2008

mpared with other European countries. The lowest mortality rates are found in France, Portugal, Italy and Spain. There is considerable within-country variation in IHD in Germany, the U.K. and Poland," she said.

"With regard to CVD, there is a different pattern of regional variation compared with IHD. CVD mortality is reduced in the center of western Europe with the lowest national mortality rates in Switzerland, France, Norway and Spain. There is considerable within-country variation in Italy, Spain, Portugal and the U.K."

Muller-Nordhorn noted that IHD and CVD death rates have steadily decreased in most western European countries over the past decades.

"These latest figures show a changing pattern of cardiovascular mortality within Europe, which needs to be taken into account in the definition of countries as high- or low-risk when primary prevention strategies are being designed for heart disease. In addition, there needs to be further research into the underlying reasons for the observed differences in cardiovascular mortality in Europe, both between and within countries. Preventive strategies could then focus on specific risk factors," she said.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about heart disease.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: European Society of Cardiology, news release, Feb. 5, 2008


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