According to the 4th Edition of the European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 2012, diseases of the heart and circulatory system (CVD) are the main cause of death in Europe, accounting for over 4 million deaths each year. There are over 1.9 million deaths in the EU, 43% of women and 36% of men die of Cardio Vascular Diseases. Death rates are generally higher in Central and Eastern Europe than the rest of the continent. For example, in nine countries, including Romania, CVD causes more than 50% of deaths in men.

Statistics show cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality also in Romania. The male population has a significantly higher risk of dying than the female one. According to the report for cardiovascular risk, evaluation among 2,017 subjects (all males) showed a very high risk of dying because of CVD. Factors such as obesity, smoking, hypertension and diabetes are considered the main causes of an increasing number of deaths. In women, obesity and lack of physical exercise were more prevalent contributory factors than in men.

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In Romania, effective control of risk factors among general practitioners is still poor. Studies such as SEPHAR (survey for CV risk factors – evaluating the relationship between gender, age, smoking status, systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol) showed that Romania is a country with a high cardiovascular risk., one of the highest in Europe.