New data highlight a significant gap in mortality rates from coronary heart diseases (CHD) in European Union (EU) countries.
According to the data reported by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, more than 609,000 deaths due to CHD were reported in the EU in 2016, with almost 90 per cent of these reported among people aged over 65 years.
At EU level, the rate of deaths from CHD stood at 1,190 deaths per million population in 2016, down 14 per cent from 2011.
Lithuania had the highest mortality rate for CHD among the EU Member States in 2016, with 5,610 deaths per million inhabitants. It was followed by Latvia (4,000 deaths per million) and Hungary (3,670 deaths per million).
France recorded the lowest rate of death from CHD at 470 per million inhabitants, followed by the Netherlands (580 deaths per million inhabitants) and Spain (640 deaths per million inhabitants).
Men died more often from CHD than women, with 1,620 deaths per million men compared to 870 deaths per million women. The standardised rate of dying from CHD was higher for men than for women in every EU member state.