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The best research institutes, state-of-the-art medicine, an active population, inspiring natural surroundings and a modern healthcare structure are effective as well as efficient factors that influence Tirol's healthcare management.

Healthy in the best of hands

The healthiest Austrians live in Tirol. And according to Markus Hengstschläger, the renowned geneticist at the Medical University of Vienna, it's not because of their genes. Instead it's down to behavioural and environmental factors.

A comparison of 88 health indicators from national and international studies prove this. The Tirolean population, compared to the Austrian average, has a higher level of health competence, smokes significantly less, eats healthier and does more exercise. In turn, their life expectancy is above average (currently 80.4 years for boys and 84.5 years for girls born in 2014) and the over 64-year-olds have a lower mortality rate for cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes mellitus. Fewer heart attacks, fewer people with high blood pressure as well as fewer pupils with stomach pains, irritability and nervousness complete the picture of the "healthy West Austrian".

The good Tirolean diet - according to the Tirolean health report, the people in Tirol consume more fruit and vegetables compared to the rest of Austria - is being analysed by Bernhard Perktold, a research fellow on the Dietology degree course at the University of Applied Sciences Health in Innsbruck, who is surveying the habits of 500 participants from the districts of Innsbruck Town and Innsbruck Land. It will be very interesting to see the detailed results – and subsequent tips. The people in Tirol are probably more active because of their close relationship with the surrounding natural "sports field". And this sportiness is the reason why the people here are very conscious of issues relating to health. Because they also go for medical check-ups more often than their fellow Austrians. After all, they know that the healthcare here provided by the best physicians, state-of-the-art medical institutes and a dense network of public and private hospitals is among the best in the world. And that their health is, therefore, in the best of hands.

A quick look at the infrastructure shows: there are ten public hospitals across the state, with 38 university clinics in Innsbruck, and they cover inpatient care in Tirol and additionally support outpatient care in the outpatient departments. Three private rehabilitation centres and a private therapy centre specialise in neurology, cardiology and pulmonology, treating different kinds of oedema, looking after children and adolescents after organ transplants as well as providing treatments for damage to the musculoskeletal system after accidents at work or elsewhere. There are more than 1,600 registered doctors in Tirol. And when instead of a check-up or therapy you need help quickly, about 220 active emergency doctors are on hand at 13 emergency bases and 9 emergency bases in peripheral areas with the rescue services as well as 350 emergency paramedics and 2,400 trained first aid workers - for example at the Red Cross Tirol - for domestic and foreign patients.  

Healthcare is not only professional but also comes with state-of-the-art equipment. In 2011, 25 computed tomography devices (CT), 18 magnetic resonance tomography devices (MR), three cardiac catheter workstations (COR), four radiotherapy units and high voltage therapy units (STR), eight emission computed tomography units (ECT) and one positron emission tomography unit (PET) were being used. Not only is this technically sophisticated equipment helping to improve health, in Tirol your smartphone can, too. The "HerzMobil Tirol" app helps to monitor heart failure and the "Schlaganfall Tirol App" explains what first aid measures need to be taken if someone is having a stroke.

The best research institutes, the best physicians, state-of-the-art infrastructure, active, health-conscious people and the natural surroundings – pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle, they all contribute to the successful healthcare management in Tirol. And because innovative research projects such as VASCage, where scientists are developing new diagnostics and therapies for healthy ageing, are also being carried out in Tirol, the people in Tirol will be able to enjoy the benefits of a medical location such as Tirol for a very long time: better health, higher quality of life and, therefore, more happiness and satisfaction.



Smartphones & co. can help by providing the correct first aid advice for a stroke or by monitoring individual biometrics: