Cardiovascular diseases, CVD, are the number 1 or 2 cause of death in at least 28 European countries causing 38 % of all deaths (compared to cancer causing 26 % of deaths). The CVD challenge is also spreading globally to low- and middle-income countries, as obesity, diabetes, smoking, unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, stress, and excessive alcohol intake spread around. Cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of premature death in the world, include heart attacks, strokes, and other circulatory diseases.
According to WHO estimates, CVD will continue to be a major future problem too: 31.7 % and 22.2 million will die of CVD in 2030 compared to 31.2 % and 17.9 million in 2015. As global population will continue to grow, in individual level considerable amount of people will be tragically affected by this development.
Cardiovascular healthcare represents 17 % of healthcare budgets in EU-countries and the total cost of CVD including direct and indirect costs is €196 billion for the member states each year. The number of in-patients with diseases of the circulatory system discharged from hospitals across the EU was 11.4 million in 2014. In United Kingdom, there are 2 million arrhythmia patients currently affected.
CVD needs new and urgent solutions due to the lack of resources compared to the need. As healthcare budgets are unlikely to increase, and as specialists and physicians retire too, there is plenty of room for new innovations.
We can expect governments to lay more pressure on individual citizens to take more responsibility of their well-being before and after falling ill. Mobile Quantified Self solutions, apps to detect arrhythmia, Artificial Intelligence, algorithms and telemedicine are already here and the only question remains, how quickly they will become the new black in well-being and healthcare for citizens.
Writer: Ms. Hannele Pulliainen, RemoteA Marketing & Communicatons