Table 1– The 10 most common causes of death in 2008
Deaths attributed toWorldwideWHO European Region
Ischaemic heart disease7.3 million (12.8%)2.40 million (24.7%)
Cerebrovascular disease6.2 million (10.8%)1.40 million (14.0%)
Lower respiratory infections3.5 million (6.1%)0.23 million (2.3%)
COPD3.3 million (5.8%)0.25 million (2.5%)
Diarrhoeal diseases2.5 million (4.3%)0.03 million (0.3%)
HIV/AIDS1.8 million (3.1%)0.08 million (0.8%)
Trachea/bronchus/lung cancer1.4 million (2.4%)0.38 million (3.9%)
Tuberculosis1.3 million (2.4%)0.08 million (0.8%)
Diabetes mellitus1.3 million (2.2%)0.17 million (1.7%)
Road traffic accidents1.2 million (2.1%)0.12 million (1.2%)
  • WHO: World Health Organization; COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Data in bold refer to respiratory related deaths. Data from [9].