Although the growth of cardiovascular risk such as high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes have been decreasing across Western developed countries, they are increasing in Asia, and especially Japan, according to a guest editor, Dr. Masafumi Kitakaze from the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Japan.
In China and Japan, there have been an increasing number of hypertensions, while the United States has seen their number of hypertensions remain the same. In America there has actually been a decrease in the number of coronary artery disease-related deaths, mainly due to the fact that treatments in America have been better well promoted.
But with an aging population, Japan has been seeing the number of cardiovascular related deaths increase in recent years.
By combining data collection with clinical trials, the cardiovascular community can continue to develop new treatments and improve outcomes for patients. “Focusing attention and research efforts on these types of epidemiological considerations for varied cardiovascular disease states will help us better understand how to improve treatment for our patients across the globe,” said Dr. Valentin Fuster, Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The article can be found at: Masafumi Kitakaze (2015) Trends in Characteristics of CVD in Asia and Japan: The Importance of Epidemiological Studies and Beyond-http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109715024808