Public Health

Are declines in cardiovascular mortality ending?

Professor Alan Lopez and Dr Tim Adair, Melbourne School of Population Health

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Since the 1970s, some countries have seen the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease – mostly heart disease and stroke – fall by 40 to 80 per cent. This was a major yet often unheralded global public health achievement that underpinned substantial increases in life expectancy. Major drivers of these decades-long falls were reductions in smoking ...

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