Heart disease dramatically varies from East to Western Europe

Russians and Ukrainians aged 55-59 die from coronary heart disease at a much higher rate than Frenchmen 20 years older.

“The differences between Western and Eastern Europe are mainly due to differences in lifestyles (smoking, alcohol intakes, and diets)... Differences in lifestyle in turn are due to differences in the way cigarettes, alcohol and foods are marketed in different countries, including the ways in which unhealthy products are labelled, advertised and taxed”
Mike Rayner, Oxford University, August 2014.

“Heart disease and stroke remain the biggest cause of death among Europeans”
Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive and Board Member of the European Heart Network, August 2014.

What did the study uncover?

  1. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), remains the #1 cause of European death
  2. It kills over four million Europeans every year
  3. This is nearly half of all deaths in Europe…
  4. The CVD death rate for Russians was six times higher than in France

Study on ten-year period data 2000-2012, from 52 countries, by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as published in the European Heart Journal, as released on Wednesday 21, August, 2014.

Posted: Friday 22 August 2014