Cardiovascular disease: a global burden

Cardiovascular diseases are currently the leading cause of death in the world1, all causes combined. They represent all the diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels and their risk factors are mainly behavioural, and therefore modifiable. Here is an overview of the key figures for the main cardiovascular diseases in the world.

Key figures

108.7

Million people

were living with cardiovascular diseases in the 54 ESC (European Society of Cardiology) member countries, in 20172.

17.9

Million people

die of cardiovascular diseases each year worldwide, representing 31% of total global mortality3.

Focus on the 4 main cardiovascular diseases

High blood pressure4

1.13 billion people around the world are affected.

1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women.

A major cause of premature death worldwide.

Heart failure

26 million people in the world5.

74% of heart failure patients with at least one co-morbidity: more likely to worsen the patient’s general health6.

Heart arrhythmia7

37.6 million people around the world are affected.

Forecasts suggest that the proportion of people affected could increase by more than 60% in 2050.

Myocardial infarction & Stroke

32.4 million myocardial infarctions and strokes worldwide each year8.

Patients who have suffered a myocardial infraction remain at increased risk of a new attack (approximately 7% per year)8.

13.7 million new cases occur each year, resulting in 5.5 million deaths9.

Do you know the 5 main risk factors for cardiovascular disease?

It is possible to act against a large number of risk factors that can be modified. It is important to know that the combination of several of these factors10 potentiates and then increases their severity.

SMOKING
OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT
EXCESS CHOLESTEROL
INSUFFICIENT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
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