CARDIOGONIOMETRY – An update on the study data concerning the diagnosis of CAD and myocardial ischemia
Introduction by Professor Wessely on how the mortality of various primary diseases (focus on diabetes) has changed in North America over the past 30 years. Heart diseases remain the most frequent cause of death. By the year 2025, the number of ischemic heart disease patients in Germany will increase by approx. 35% and the rate of cardiomyopathy and heart failure by about 20% each while the number of congenital heart defects will drop by approximately 10% (Bruckenberg Heart Report). Germany is in the middle of the range in terms of global cardiac mortality rates; at the same time, there are significant regional differences in relation to cardiac morbidity (e.g. significantly lower in Schleswig-Holstein than in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania). Prof. Wessely used two slides to demonstrate the cost explosion in the cardiovascular area; whereas the direct costs in North America will climb moderately by 50% over the next 20 years, the indirect costs will increase by as much as 200%.
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