An estimated 17.7 million people died from CVDs in 2015, representing 31% of all global deaths.


The European Society of Cardiology has reported that 405,309 Europeans died of cardiovascular disease in 2010, and that annually an estimated 785,000 Europeans will experience a first time coronary event, 470,000 will suffer a recurrent event, and 195,000 will have a silent first myocardial infarction. Heart arrhythmias are reportedly one of the top ten reasons why people are admitted to hospitals. Certain arrhythmias can cause sudden cardiac death. According to the Arrhythmia Alliance, 80 per cent of these deaths could be avoided through better diagnosis. AF is the most common heart rhythm disturbance. AF is responsible for a third of all strokes.

“AF and AF related illnesses cost the EU a reported 10.2 billion Euros annually; a cost that is expected to rise as the incidence of AF accelerates.”

A study of 6286 adults found the prevalence ranged from 0.2% in people aged between 45 and 54, to 14.0% in people aged over 85 years. The prevalence of AF is reported to be greater in men. For example, the overall prevalence in men was 6.0%, compared with 5.1% for women, and prevalence across all assessed age groups was also higher in men.