Heart disease has remained the leading cause of death at the global level for the last 20 years.
However, it is now killing more people than ever before.
The number of deaths from heart disease increased by more than 2 million since 2000, to nearly 9 million in 2019.
Heart disease now represents 16 per cent of total deaths from all causes.
More than half of the 2 million additional deaths were in the WHO Western Pacific region.
Conversely, the European region has seen a relative decline in heart disease, with deaths falling by 15 per cent.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are now among the top 10 causes of death worldwide, ranking 3rd in both the Americas and Europe in 2019.
Women are disproportionally affected: globally, 65 per cent of deaths from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are women.
Deaths from diabetes increased by 70 per cent globally between 2000 and 2019, with an 80 per cent rise in deaths among males.
In countries of the East, deaths from diabetes have more than doubled and represent the greatest percentage increase of all WHO regions.
Non-communicable diseases now make up 7 of the world’s top 10 causes of death, according to WHO’s 2019 Global Health Estimates, published today.
This is an increase from 4 of the 10 leading causes in 2000. The new data cover the period from 2000 to 2019 inclusive.