According to the World Heart Federation , cardiovascular disease and stroke cause 17.5 million deaths a year , as many as the result of adding those caused by AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, diabetes , cancer and chronic respiratory diseases.
CVD in Europe produce 4.3 million deaths. Studies published in the European Heart Journal show that there are significant differences in the incidence of cardiovascular disease in Europe. However, one thing that does not vary: more than 2 million deaths . Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the European Union In addition, the prevalence of myocardial infarction in Europe over 65 continues to increase.
Spain is part, along with France, Switzerland and Italy, the group of European nations with lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, but that does not mean we are free from danger. In fact, according to recent data from the National Statistics Institute (2006), in our country 120 690 people die annually from cardiovascular diseases, representing 32.5% of total deaths.
The latest research reflect the dispersion and variety of cardiovascular risk in Spain. Communities such as Extremadura and Andalusia are at the head, while Valencia, Balearic and Canary figures slowly approaching high risk.
Men are the group most affected population in Spain : The regions like Andalusia, Valencia, Extremadura, Balearic and Canary Islands have figures equivalent to European nations considered higher risk of death. Despite this high impact on the male population, we should not forget that t res in ten deaths occurring among Spanish women are directly related to cardiac and cerebrovascular health .
Prevention is possible, guard your heart!
But not all bad news. Cardiovascular disease can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle to counteract the influence of so-called risk factors. If you want to know what your level of risk, enters our cardiovascular risk calculator and find out how you can improve your heart health.
We then review the cardiovascular risk factors and delve into editable aspects.