One death out of three in the EU could have been avoided in the light of current medical knowledge and technology

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Series Details No.101, 2016 (24.05.16)
Publication Date 24/05/2016
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In the European Union (EU), 1.7 million persons aged less than 75 died in 2013. Among them, around 577,500 deaths (or 33.7% of total deaths) could be considered as premature, as they could have been avoided in the light of medical knowledge and technology. Heart attacks (184,800 deaths) and strokes (almost 94,000 deaths) accounted together for almost half (48%) of these total avoidable causes of death of people aged less than 75.

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