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Seminar "Cardiovascular mortality in Russia: towards a 360 degree assessment"

The sixth scientific seminar ‘Modern demography’ was held on the 20th of September. David Leon, professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, associate professor at the University of Tromsø - Arctic University of Norway, presented his report on “Cardiovascular mortality in Russia: towards a 360 degree assessment".

In the first section of his presentation, D. Leon elaborated on the Russian cardiovascular mortality trends.Second section of the report was dedicated to the ‘International project on cardiovascular disease in Russia (IPCDR), 2014-2019’, which involves ten research centers, institutes and universities, including the NRU HSE, and is supported by the "Wellcome Trust" foundation. Project aims to explain high rates of premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases in Russia and to propose measures that improve the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases based on the project results .

The project is being implemented simultaneously in four directions. The first one is to validate the data on the causes of death (studies of coding practices and autopsy results). The second direction is to study the levels and trends in cardiovascular mortality as well as associated risk factors based on synthesizing existing current data and sample surveys of the population. The third direction is to understand the nature and causes of cardiovascular diseases in Russia (etiological studies).The fourth one is to identify barriers, opportunities and capacity for improving the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in Russia.

Presentation by D. Leon