CVD Rates Around the World: How Do Countries Compare?
the MPR take:
Despite improvements in rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke in wealthier nations, ischemic heart disease and stroke were the two biggest contributors to the global burden of disease in 2010 for all disability adjusted life years (DALY). Across the world, diet, high blood pressure, and tobacco were the top 3 risk factors. Norway, Ireland, the U.K., and Israel had their crude DALY burden per 100,000 people reduced by nearly 50% from reduced smoking, improved risk factor control, and improved treatments. In contrast, countries of the former Soviet Union had a bump of >30% in their DALY burden. Andrew Moran, one of the authors of this study, states that CVD reduction programs globally may need to be based on past successful programs or tailored to local populations.
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