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Health at a Glance: Europe 2018

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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Health at a Glance: Europe 2018 presents comparative analyses of the health status of EU citizens and the performance of the health systems of the 28 EU Member States, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. It is the first step in the State of Health in the EU cycle of knowledge brokering. This publication has two parts. Part I comprises two thematic chapters, the first focusing on the need for concerted efforts to promote better mental health, the second outlining possible strategies for reducing wasteful spending in health. In Part II, the most recent trends in key indicators of health status, risk factors and health spending are presented, together with a discussion of progress in improving the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of European health systems.

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Mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI)

Mortality due to coronary heart diseases has declined substantially over the past few decades (see indicator “Mortality from circulatory diseases” in ). Important advances in both public health policies, including reductions in smoking and improved treatment for heart diseases, have contributed to these declines (OECD, 2015). Clinical practice guidelines such as those developed by the European Society of Cardiology have helped optimise treatment. Despite these advances, acute myocardial infarction (AMI or heart attack) remains the leading cause of cardiovascular deaths across European countries, making further improvements a priority.

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