Four out of 10 deaths in Europe are linked to cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular diseases are the cause of 10,000 deaths per day and four million per year in Europe, warns the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Written on 05/15/2024

In Europe, 4 million deaths are linked to cardiovascular diseases each year —
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Figures that make you dizzy. In Europe, 100,000 people die every day from cardiovascular disease, which represents four out of ten deaths. Per year, four million deaths are attributed to these diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Implementing targeted policies to reduce salt consumption by 25% could save around 900,000 lives from cardiovascular diseases by 2030”said Hans Kluge, regional director of WHO Europe quoted in a press release.

Salt, the main culprit

In Europe, one in three adults between 30 and 79 years old suffers from hypertension, and it is often because of their salt consumption. 51 of the region’s 53 countries have average daily salt intake above the WHO recommended maximum level of five grams (one teaspoon), mainly due to processed food and snacking.

“High salt intake increases blood pressure, which is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes”underlined the WHO.

Europe has the highest blood pressure prevalence in the world.

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Mortality affects men twice as often as women

According to the organization, men in the region – which extends to Central Asia – have a more than double the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than women.

In addition, the divide is also geographical: the probability of dying young (between 30 and 69 years) from a disease of this type is almost five times higher in Eastern Europe and Central Asia than in Western Europe.

Cardiovascular diseases: meal times are decisive
Cardiovascular diseases: meal times are decisive —
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