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Turkey is facing increasing rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The study is designed to meet the growing need to obtain information about the recent status and trends of CVD risk factors and their impact on mortality. Balcova heart study (BHS) is a prospective cohort study, focusing on reducing the CVD risk factors of people over 30 years old living in(More)
This paper presents evidence from research into health system challenges of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes in four Eastern Mediterranean countries: the occupied Palestinian territory, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. We address two questions. How has the health system in each country been conceptualised and organised to manage the provision of care for(More)
Many Eastern Mediterranean countries are undergoing dramatic socioeconomic, demographic and life style changes and face noncommunicable disease (NCD) epidemics. We evaluated recent trends in major NCD risk factors in occupied Palestinian territories (OPT), Turkey, Syria and Tunisia. We searched published and unpublished sources for systolic blood pressure(More)
OBJECTIVE Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the largest cause of morbidity and mortality in Turkey and in the World. Heart of Balçova Project is a community- based health promotion project that aims to reduce CVD incidence and prevalence through risk factor modification in the individual and population level. This paper presents results of the baseline(More)
INTRODUCTION This study aimed to measure socioeconomic inequalities in Self Assessed Health (SAH) and evaluate the determinants of such inequalities in terms of their contributions amongst the Turkish population. METHODS We used data from the Turkish part of World Health Survey 2003 with 10,287 respondents over 18 years old. Concentration index (CI) of(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality increased in developed countries until the 1970s then started to decline. Turkey is about to complete its demographic transition, which may also influence mortality trends. This study evaluated trends in coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke mortality between 1988 and 2008. METHODS The number of deaths(More)
BACKGROUND Turkish health system showed major improvements in health outcomes since initiation of the Health Transition Programme (HTP) in 2003, however little is known regarding income-related inequalities in health care use. The aim of this study was to assess horizontal inequities in health care use in Turkey. METHODS We used the data from Turkish(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to determine the correlates of in-hospital costs for angina pectoris (AP), myocardial infarction (MI), and heart failure (HF) in a university hospital setting. METHODS This is a retrospective cost-of-illness study using data from the records of patients who were admitted with AP, MI, or HF to Dokuz Eylül University Hospital(More)
We determined the prevalence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and associated risk factors in an urban population age ≥30 years in Turkey and assessed the impact of incorporating ankle brachial index (ABI) measurement with coronary heart disease risk calculations to the risk reclassification of individuals. The sample was drawn from 4600 participants of(More)