Prevalence of Heart Disease Around the World

Heart disease is a major health problem accounting for 15.5% of all deaths worldwide. People everywhere fall victim to a bad diet, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, high alcohol intake, and genetic factors. 

But just how bad is heart disease? This article will take a look at different countries around the world and how their populations are affected. 

United Kingdom

160,000 people in the United Kingdom die from heart and circulatory disease. Not only does this result in the loss of lives, the country’s economy also suffers as 19 billion pounds are lost to the informal care of patients suffering with the disease. Common causes of heart disease in the U.K include high cholesterol, inherited cholesterol conditions, and lifestyle related risk factors. 

United States

About 655,000 people in the United States die of heart disease accounting for around one in every four deaths. It is the leading cause of death in the country. It costs the U.S. about $219 billion each year in health care services, medicine, and a lack of productivity. 


A shocking 230 million people in China suffer from heart disease and there are approximately 931 deaths per 100,000 individuals living in the country. Numbers are predicted to increase in the coming years.  

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has a high mortality rate with 1,077 of 100,000 people in the population dying from cardiovascular disease and stroke. Heart conditions are responsible for 34.04% of deaths in the region. Hypertension, high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, and excessive alcohol contribute largely to the prevalence of heart problems.  


There is some good news out of Poland. Although heart disease in the country was predicted to increase over the years, decreases have been reported with 26,200 fewer deaths between 1991 and 2005. This may be due to advances in medical treatment and changes in lifestyle that resulted in lower cholesterol levels. 


Hungary has unusually high morbidity rates with 1,300 of 100,000 of the population dying each year. This is largely due to the country’s unhealthy cuisine which is full of creamy sauces, refined sugar, and pork fat. This is one of the reason Hungary established a tax on sugar in 2012. The government has also implemented policies to decrease obesity. 


Russia is a country with one of the highest heart disease related deaths in the world. 57% of deaths in the country are due to heart disease taking 1,752 out of every 100,000 citizens a year. This may largely be due to psychosocial stresses due the unstable political affairs of the country. There has also been a reduction of health expenditures due to economic recession. Other factors include unhealthy eating habits, smoking, high alcohol intake, and physical inactivity. 

Heart disease is a major problem around the world. It is hopeful that with advanced treatments and an increasing awareness of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, these numbers will begin to decrease. Good luck staying healthy. 

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