One disease kills over half a million in the EU each year – and it’s not COVID

Today the EU marks International Heart Day – we bring you the official Brexit facts

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Heart disease kills almost three times as many EU & UK citizens as COVID

The EU has just published a report to mark International Heart Day today, 29 Sept 2020.

The latest data which has been published by the EU shows figures for 2016 and includes the United Kingdom. Among the 4.5 million deaths reported in the European Union in 2016, more than half a million were due to coronary diseases, including heart attacks.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

  • EU deaths from heart disease (2016): 542,700
  • EU deaths ‘with’ COVID (2020 to date) : 188,499
  • Total EU deaths in 2016 from all causes: 4,527,500

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  • Current ratio of heart disease deaths to ‘with COVID’ deaths: 2.9 to 1
  • And heart disease is only the third most common cause of death

Where does the UK sit? The facts on heart disease across the EU

At EU level, the standardised rate of deaths from coronary heart diseases stood at 1,194 deaths per million inhabitants in 2016. Men were almost twice as likely to die from coronary heart diseases as women, with 1,625 deaths per million for men compared to 881 deaths per million for women.

The likelihood of dying from heart disease varies dramatically across the EU. (We have shown the UK as it was still a member state in 2016.)

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Heart disease is not the main killer in the EU and UK. In fact it’s the third most common cause of death, after cancer and dementia. COVID-19 is of course way down the list, as we have previously reported.

Nevertheless, it is International Heart Day and the EU have marked this. We felt it only right to do the same, but felt that readers might like to see a comparison with COVID-19.

In these troubled times facts are important for the public. Sadly the ‘facts’ from the likes of Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty at this week’s press conference were lamentable, to say the least. Their absurd conjecture of an exponential explosion in COVID has already proved to be nonsense, with ‘case’ numbers dropping ever since they made their announcement.

Below is the latest chart for deaths ‘with COVID’ from the Government, as of yesterday.

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We hope we have provided information which informs the public debate and which lends a sense of proportion to the doom-mongering daily news from the BBC and other broadcasters.

As ever, we will be returning to our usual specialism of Brexit in our coming articles. If you can help us to keep going in the fight for a fully free, independent and sovereign United Kingdom, you will find quick, secure, and confidential donation methods below this article. Thank you so much.

[ Sources: Official EU statistics 28 Sept 2020 | UK Government official COVID stats 28 Sept 2020 ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Tues 29 Sept 2020

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