The number of lives being cut short by heart disease and stroke is falling across Europe but at different rates new research shows. However, overall cardiovascular disease is still the biggest cause of death across Europe.
The findings, published in the European Heart Journal, show the number of people dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in most European countries over the last 10 years has fallen. However, death rates from CVD continue to differ significantly depending on the country you live in.
The study found in 2010 in Russia 915 men and 517 women died per 100,000 people from CVD, while in the UK the number was of deaths was 205 men and 129 women per 100,000 people respectively.
Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive and Board Member of the European Heart Network, said: “It’s good news that the number of lives being taken too soon by cardiovascular disease is falling across Europe. However, the fact remains that heart disease and stroke remain the biggest cause of death among Europeans.
The fact remains that heart disease and stroke remain the biggest cause of death among Europeans
“Perhaps surprisingly, more women are dying from cardiovascular disease than men. These figures are a stark reminder that women need to be more aware of their heart health as heart disease kills almost three times as many women as breast cancer.
“We have made huge progress in the fight against heart disease and stroke. It’s only because of the medical breakthroughs the BHF funds, with the help of our generous supporters, that we are finding newer, better ways to prevent, treat and cure heart disease.
“But there is still a long way to go if we want to narrow the unacceptable gap in survival rates across Europe.”