EUROASPIRE III: a comparison between Turkey and Europe [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2010; 38(3): 164-172

EUROASPIRE III: a comparison between Turkey and Europe

Lale Tokgözoğlu1, Ergün Barış Kaya1, Çetin Erol2, Oktay Ergene3, Euroaspire 3 Çalışma Grubu4
1Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Ankar
2Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Ankara, Turkey
3Atatürk Education And Research Hospital, Department of Cardiology, İzmir
4Euroaspire 3 Study Group


OBJECTIVES
The EUROASPIRE III survey was conducted in 2006-2007 in 22 countries in Europe (76 centers) to describe risk factors, lifestyle and therapeutic management of patients with coronary heart disease (CHD), compliance with current guidelines, and to document changes over time. This study aimed to assess the results of the EUROASPIRE III survey in terms of differences between Turkey and other European countries.

STUDY DESIGN
The results of the EUROASPIRE III survey were compared with those of 17 centers from Turkey. Consecutive patients with a diagnosis of CHD (669 medical records, %23.8 women) were identified retrospectively, of which 338 patients (50.5%) were followed-up, interviewed, and examined at least six months after the index event (acute coronary syndrome or interventional procedure).

RESULTS
Compared to the EUROASPIRE III data, recordings from Turkey’s centers at discharge on classical risk factors did not exhibit remarkable differences; however, data on weight, height, waist circumference, lipid profile, glucose, and HbA1c measurements were more incomplete. In comparison to Europe population, the most important differences were observed in the higher rates of the following: young patients with myocardial infarction (<50 years, 20% vs. 12.7%), persistence in smoking (23.1% vs. 17.2%), immobility, low HDL-cholesterol (50.2% vs. 36.7%), insufficient follow-up by physicians after the index event (12% vs. 2.2%-except Turkey), and insufficient patient education.

CONCLUSION
The data from the Turkey arm of the survey show that efforts for cardiovascular disease prevention fall short of the targets, similar to Europe.

Keywords: Cardiovascular diseases/prevention & control, coronary disease/prevention & control, life style, risk factors; Turkey/epidemiology

How to cite this article
Lale Tokgözoğlu, Ergün Barış Kaya, Çetin Erol, Oktay Ergene, Euroaspire 3 Çalışma Grubu. EUROASPIRE III: a comparison between Turkey and Europe. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2010; 38(3): 164-172

Corresponding Author: Ergün Barış Kaya, Türkiye
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