Health at a Glance: Europe 2022

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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The 2022 edition of Health at a Glance: Europe examines the key challenges European countries must address to develop stronger, more resilient health systems following the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a special focus on how the pandemic has affected young people’s mental and physical health. The report emphasises the need for additional measures to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from scarring a generation of young people. This edition of Health at a Glance: Europe also assesses the pandemic’s disruption of a wide range of health services for non-COVID patients, as well as the policy responses European countries deployed to minimise the adverse consequences of these disruptions. It also addresses a number of important behavioural and environmental risk factors that have a major impact on people’s health and mortality, highlighting the need to put a greater focus on the prevention of both communicable and non-communicable diseases.


Mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI)

Mortality due to coronary heart disease has declined substantially in recent decades, although these reductions have slowed down over the past decade before the pandemic in several Western European countries as several risk factors are on the rise (see indicator “Mortality from circulatory diseases” in Chapter 3). Nonetheless, AMI (heart attack) remains the leading cause of cardiovascular death in many EU countries, highlighting the need for further reductions in risk factors and care quality improvements (OECD/The King's Fund, 2020[1]). The COVID‑19 crisis has also revealed the need to maintain access to high-quality acute care for AMI during public health emergencies.



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