Cardiovascular disease in China

Cardiovascular disease in China

Cardiac disease in China is on the rise. Though increases in heart disease incidence have increased faster in the city than in the country side, rural morbidity and mortality rates are now on the rise as well. Health statistics shows that the ischemic heart disease mortality rate in rural China has approximately doubled since 1988. [ Cardiac Disease and Health Care in China] China-California Heart Watch]

Unlike in developed countries, there is no preventive or primary health care system in place to stop the rise of cardiac disease. The real extent of heart disease in rural China is unknown because statistics are fraught with error and bias due to difficulties in ascertaining cause of death in places where 90% die without seeing a doctor. There is therefore a need to ascertain the real incidence and prevalence of heart disease and to develop adequate preventive and primary care in the Chinese countryside.


Stroke is the largest cardiovascular killer in China. [ [ Cancer, stroke top killers for Chinese] ]


Further reading

*Liu, Lisheng. " [ Cardiovascular diseases in China] ". "Biochemistry and Cell Biology", Volume 85, Number 2, 1 April 2007 , pp. 157-163(7)
*Richard A Jonas, MD. [ Evolving Healthcare for Congenital Heart Disease in China] Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann 1998;6:151-152
* [ Vitamin B12 & Folic Acid Supplementation Proved to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke in China] - Chinese University of Hong Kong, 6 May 2006
*Jin Ling Tang and Yong Hua Hu. [ Drugs for preventing cardiovascular disease in China] "BMJ" 2005;330;610-611
* [ The current state of cardiology in China] IJC Volume 96, Issue 3, Pages 425-439 (September 2004)
* [ Welcome to Tsung O Cheng, Roving Ambassador for Chinese Cardiovascular Science]
*Tsung O. Cheng [ Diets play a major role in heart diseases in China] "Lipids" Volume 39, Number 3 / March, 2004

External links

* [ China, "Bridging the Gap" Project] collaborative project between the World Heart Federation, the Beijing Institute of Heart, Lung & Blood Vessel Diseases-Beijing Anzhen Hospital, the Chinese Society of Cardiology and the China National Health Heart Programme.
* [ China-California Heart Watch (China Cal)] - A non-profit corporation dedicated to understanding and relieving problems of heart disease and health care in rural China
* [ Study Warns Of Growing Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic In China As Western Diets And Lifestyles Are Adopted] 17 Apr 2006

;National organizations
* [ Chinese Society of Cardiology]
* [ International Chinese Heart Health Network] (ICHHN)

* [ Zhengming Chen MBBS DPhil] - [ CTSU Oxford Projects]
* [ Fuwai-Oxford collaborative Research Centre for Cardiovascular Health (FORC)]

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