Heart disease in the Netherlands: a quantitative update

Maarten Leening, S Siregar, I Vaartjes, ML (Michiel) Bots, MIM Versteegh, Robert Jan van Geuns, JJ Koolen, Jaap Deckers

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Abstract

In this review we discuss cardiovascular mortality, incidence and prevalence of heart disease, and cardiac interventions and surgery in the Netherlands. We combined most recently available data from various Dutch cardiovascular registries, Dutch Hospital Data (LMR), Statistics Netherlands (CBS), and population-based cohort studies, to provide a broad quantitative update. The absolute number of people dying from cardiovascular diseases is declining and cardiovascular conditions are no longer the leading cause of death in the Netherlands. However, a substantial burden of morbidity persists with 400,000 hospitalisations for cardiovascular disease involving over 80,000 cardiac interventions annually. In the Netherlands alone, an estimated 730,000 persons are currently diagnosed with coronary heart disease, 120,000 with heart failure, and 260,000 with atrial fibrillation. These numbers emphasise the continuous need for dedicated research on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease in our country.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalNetherlands Heart Journal
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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