Mortality from ischemic heart disease (IHD), stroke, and gastric cancer have fallen during recent decades, especially in developed countries; however, IHD and stroke remain among the top leading causes of death in Europe. Furthermore, wide geographic variations in mortality rates and trends from these diseases have been shown since the early 1950s and for incidence and case fatality of IHD by the WHO MONICA Project at the mid-1980s. There is a controversy exist in the relationship between early life conditions and mortality at later decades of life. Several studies have shown the association between IHD and inappropriate living conditions in early lifetime, but not always. Some studies have observed this relationship for stroke, whereas others have not. Time trends of gastric cancer also differ between populations and the effect of living conditions on trends is not yet fully understood.
International Journal of Preventive Medicine
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Amiri, M. (2011). Early Life Conditions and Trends in Mortality at Later Life: Is There any Relationship?. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2(2), 53–55. Retrieved from