Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 86% of all deaths in Europe, siphoning off 70% to 80% of healthcare budgets – an estimated €700 billion per year. During the 2014 EU Summit on Chronic Diseases, the European Commission identified key actions to tackle those. The initiative was taken in response to a call by the United Nations to reduce Non Communicable Diseases by 25% by 2025.
So-called “bad” cholesterol increases the risks of heart diseases and stroke. According to the WHO, globally, a third of ischaemic heart disease is attributable to high cholesterol.