Changing cardiovascular disease mortality and advancing longevity : Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei
During the first three stages of the epidemiologic transition, increases in life expectancy are attributed to the replacement of infectious and parasitic diseases by degenerative diseases as major causes of death (Omran 1971). In the fourth stage, life expectancy increases further, largely due to the reduction of cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality (Olshansky & Ault 1986). This remarkable transition has been documented in Western countries since the mid-1960s. However, few studies of the...[Show more]
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