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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 from heart disease and stroke

Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of mortality in nearly all EU member states, accounting for almost 40% of all deaths across EU countries in 2013. They cover a range of diseases related to the circulatory system, including ischemic heart diseases (which includes heart attacks) and cerebrovascular diseases (or strokes). Together, ischemic heart diseases and strokes comprise around 60% of all cardiovascular deaths, and caused more than one-fifth of all deaths in EU member states in 2013.

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