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Cardio Metabolic Health Congress – Official Blog

CV Mortality Rate Decline Slowing in High-Income Countries

While trends in life expectancy and premature mortality rates have indicated progress in the clinical treatment of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) – and most notably in high-income countries – CVD remains the leading cause of death worldwide, as well as the leading cause of premature death, per data from the Global Burden of Disease study. Throughout the past several decades, the primary focus of public health efforts has been on decreasing mortality rates associated with major cardiovascular diseases, such as ischaemic heart disease and stroke. In lower-income countries, elevated CVD risk  remains due to unchanging risk factors, including high tobacco consumption, poor blood pressure, lipid, and glucose control, as well as an ever-increasing adoption of the Western diet.

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