Cardiovascular diseases are, without a doubt, one of the most important aspects regarding our well-being. They are also one of our main concerns when it comes to health issues.
The above is understandable for if we look at the estimates of deaths in Western countries for the coming years, we will be able to see that 1 in 3 deaths will occur as a result of a cardiovascular disease.
The impact of cardiovascular diseases in Europe
According to data from the European Society of Cardiology:
• Every year cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) cause over 4 million deaths in Europe, with 1.9 million of them taking place in the EU.
• CVDs cause 47% of deaths in Europe and 40% in the EU.
• The rates of obesity, one of the major risk factors, are high in virtually all of Europe. In particular, the data of child obesity in UK is alarming: statistics from the most recent large-scale survey inthe UK shockingly reveal that 25 percent of boys and 33 percent of girls aged between two and 19 years are overweight or obese.
• The estimated cost of CVDs for the European Union is €196,000 million every year.
• Smoking remains a key aspect in the fight against this kind of diseases in Europe. Despite the smoking bans carried out in some countries, smoking rates remain stable and are even increasing in some areas, especially among women.
Multi-slice CT scan for the early detection of CVDs
In recent years, remarkable progress has been made in the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases as a result of simple and not exceedingly invasive tests such as the multi-slice CT. This technique is executed by injecting a contrast medium into a patient’s peripheral vein and performing a simultaneous scan on the different slices of the body. In this manner, it is possible to reduce test times and to obtain a greater degree of detail in the images.
In the following video, Dr. Zamorano, Best Doctors cardiologist and Head of Cardiology at the Ramón y Cajal Hospital, provides a clear and detailed account of the latest diagnostic developments in this field.