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Health at a Glance: Europe 2016

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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This fourth edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries, 5 candidate countries to the EU and 3 EFTA countries. This 2016 edition contains two main new features: two thematic chapters analyse the links between population health and labour market outcomes, and the important challenge of strengthening primary care systems in European countries; and a new chapter on the resilience, efficiency and sustainability of health systems in Europe, in order to align the content of this publication more closely with the 2014 European Commission Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems. This publication is the result of a renewed collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission under the broader "State of Health in the EU" initiative, designed to support EU member states in their evidence-based policy making.

 

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Mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI)

Mortality due to coronary heart disease has declined substantially since the 1970s (see indicator Mortality from heart disease and stroke in ). Smoking reduction (see indicator Smoking among adults in ) and improvements in treatment of cardiovascular diseases have played a large role in this decline (OECD, 2015) along with changes in diet and exercise. Clinical practice guidelines such as those developed by the European Society of Cardiology have also helped optimise treatment. Despite these advances, AMI (or heart attack) remains the leading cause of cardiovascular deaths across EU countries, making further improvements a priority.

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