28% of Belgians run risk of heart disease

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More than a quarter (28 percent) of all Belgians run a high risk of dying within ten years as a result of an acute coronary or vascular complication.

BRUSSELS - More than a quarter (28 percent) of all Belgians run a high risk of dying within ten years as a result of an acute coronary or vascular complication. This group has a more than 10 percent chance of dying. This emerges from a national coronary survey by Becel in which more than 6,000 people were tested.

“This is a higher risk than we had expected”, says Jos De Smedt of the general practitioners’ association Domus Medica. An additional problem is that 65 percent of those with a high risk underestimate the situation. Less than one in three participants stated that they had already consulted their G.P. about their cardio-vascular problems, the survey revealed.

The actual age of the participants’ hearts was also established in the tests. It emerged that the average heart was 6 years older than the participants themselves. The figures from this survey are the result of a wide awareness campaign held from February to April 2007 with the support of such people as Eddy Merckx.

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7 September 2007

Subject: Belgian news

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