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BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2014 Jan 21;14:9. doi: 10.1186/1471-2261-14-9.

Continuing decrease in coronary heart disease mortality in Sweden.

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Department of Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Östra, c/o Annika Rosengren, CK Plan 2, SE-416 85 Gothenburg, Sweden.



Deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) have been decreasing in most Western countries over the last few decades. In contrast, a flattening of the decrease in mortality has been recently reported among younger age groups in some countries. We aimed to determine whether the decrease in CHD mortality is flattening among Swedish young adults.


We examined trends in CHD mortality in Sweden between 1987 and 2009 among persons aged 35 to 84 years using CHD mortality data from the Swedish National Register on Cause of Death. Annual percent changes in rates were examined using Joinpoint software.


Overall, CHD mortality rates decreased by 67.4% in men and 65.1% in women. Among men aged 35-54 years, there was a modest early attenuation from a marked initial decrease. In the oldest women aged 75-84 years, an attenuation in the mortality decrease was observed from 1989 to 1992, followed by a decrease, as in all other age groups.


In Sweden, coronary heart disease deaths are still falling. We were unable to confirm a flattening of the decline in young people. Death rates continue to decline in men and women across all age groups, albeit at a slower pace in younger men since 1991. Continued careful monitoring of CHD mortality trends in Sweden is required, particularly among young adults.

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