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.


Mortality from circulatory diseases

Circulatory diseases remain the main cause of mortality in nearly all EU member states, accounting for some 1 910 000 deaths and 37% of all deaths across EU countries in 2015. Circulatory diseases comprise a range of illnesses related to the circulatory system, including ischaemic heart diseases (notably heart attacks) and cerebrovascular diseases (such as strokes). Ischaemic heart diseases and strokes alone account for over 55% of all deaths from circulatory diseases, and caused more than one-fifth of all deaths in EU member states in 2015.



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