Germany

Created by SHD Coalition

German Ministry support prioritizing of heart diseases

Last year, a letter on the European Joint Action to support the fight against Structural Heart Diseases (SHD) in Germany and the EU was sent to the German Ministry of Health.

Estimated number of people with SHD in Germany

Percentages of population in Germany3

Key facts related to SHD in Germany

Germany spent 338,2 billion € on public healthcare in 20154.
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) represented 13,7% of the total public healthcare budget in 20155.
CVD (including SHD) cost the German Economy 46,4 billion € in 20156.

Key messages

  • Germany has the third oldest population in the world after Monaco and Japan.7
  • In 2016, 52,120 people above the age of 75 were hospitalized for a heart valve disease only. This is an increase by 184.8 % since 1995.8
  • Demographic change is a reality in Germany and SHDs as a major economic burden of disease in senior citizens must be prioritized in Germany.
  • In order to alleviate the effects of demographic change, timely diagnosis of SHDs and the use of high-quality and risk adapted methods are key to ensure that senior patients remain healthy and autonomous and can recover fully after procedures.

References

  1. National Institute of Statistics (2017) Population Development until 2060: Results of the 13th Coordinated Population Projection; Updated Calculation based on 2015, www.destatis.de/DE/Publikationen/Thematisch/Bevoelkerung/VorausberechnungBevoelkerung/ BevoelkerungBundeslaender2060_Aktualisiert_5124207179004.pdf?__blob=publicationFile [retrieved: 19/July/2018]
  2. J. d’Arcy et al. (2016) Large-scale community echocardiographic screening reveals a major burden of undiagnosed valvular heart disease in older people: the OxVALVE Population Cohort Study www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27354049 [retrieved on: 25/July/2018]
  3. J. d’Arcy et al. (2016) Large-scale community echocardiographic screening reveals a major burden of undiagnosed valvular heart disease in older people: the OxVALVE Population Cohort Study www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27354049 [retrieved on: 25/July/2018]
  4. National Institute of Statistics (2017) Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen verursachen die höchsten Kosten, www.destatis.de/DE/PresseService/Presse/Pressemitteilungen/2017/09/PD17_347_236.html [retrieved: 19/July/2018]
  5. National Institute of Statistics (2017) Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen verursachen die höchsten Kosten, www.destatis.de/DE/PresseService/Presse/Pressemitteilungen/2017/09/PD17_347_236.html [retrieved: 19/July/2018]
  6. National Institute of Statistics (2017) Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen verursachen die höchsten Kosten, www.destatis.de/DE/PresseService/Presse/Pressemitteilungen/2017/09/PD17_347_236.html [retrieved: 19/July/2018]
  7. Central Intelligence Agency (2017) The World Factbook, www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2177rank.html [retrieved: 19/July/2018]
  8. German Heart Foundation (2017) German Heart Report [retrieved: 19/July/2018]