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Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. 2013 May;56(5-6):650-5. doi: 10.1007/s00103-013-1666-9.

[Prevalence of myocardial infarction and coronary heart disease in adults aged 40-79 years in Germany: results of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1)].

[Article in German]

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Abteilung für Epidemiologie und Gesundheitsmonitoring, Robert Koch-Institut, General-Pape-Str. 62-66, 12101 Berlin, Deutschland. goesswalda@rki.de

Abstract

In the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1), data on the prevalence of myocardial infarction and coronary heart disease were collected from 2008-2011 in a representative population-based sample of 5,901 adults aged 40-79 years. The results of DEGS1 were compared with the prevalence estimates from the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey 1998 (GNHIES98). The lifetime prevalence of myocardial infarction amongst 40-79 year olds in DEGS1 is 4.7 % (women 2.5 %; men 7 %). In comparison with GNHIES98 a small increase was observed in men, but not in women. The lifetime prevalence of coronary heart disease in adults aged 40-79 years in DEGS1 is 9.3 % (women 6.4 %; men 12.3 %). In comparison to GNHIES98 there is a slight reduction only in women. There is a significant inverse relationship between disease prevalence and socioeconomic status. The trend in prevalence of coronary heart disease is comparable with that in other high-income countries. Given a falling incidence of myocardial infarction and a decrease in the mortality rates due to coronary heart disease, the basically stable prevalence rates indicate a positive development in the field of cardiovascular prevention and therapy. An English full-text version of this article is available at SpringerLink as supplemental.

PMID:
23703482
DOI:
10.1007/s00103-013-1666-9
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