Cardiovascular Disease in Europe: Epidemiological Update

Eur Heart J. 2013 Oct;34(39):3028-34. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/eht356. Epub 2013 Sep 7.


This overview provides a Europe-wide update on the current burden of cardiovascular disease, and specifically of coronary heart disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease continues to cause a large proportion of deaths and disability in Europe, and places a substantial burden on the health care systems and economies of Europe. The overall picture, and the distribution of the burden, continues to evolve in a developing Europe. There have been major improvements in recent years on many measures of cardiovascular disease; however, these improvements have not been universal, and substantial inequalities persist.

Keywords: Cardiovascular disease; Coronary heart disease; Epidemiology; Morbidity; Mortality; Treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / mortality*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy
  • Coronary Disease / mortality
  • Coronary Disease / therapy
  • Cost of Illness
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Distribution
  • Stroke / mortality
  • Stroke / therapy