Projecting ischaemic heart disease mortality and morbidity in Hong Kong
IOL Wong, BJ Cowling, SV Lo, WYH Chan, CM Schooling
School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Key Messages
1. No ischaemic heart disease (IHD) epidemic is forecast for Hong Kong, despite increasing exposure to risk factors. The IHD morbidity and mortality are projected to decline continuously until at least 2020.
2. Social disparities in IHD mortality are widening, particularly among women, partly because IHD is declining by generation for high-income women but not for low-income women. Differential exposure throughout life contributes to disparities in IHD that may be difficult to reverse in a short-time frame.