The webinar “Lessons learned from COVID19 for Cardiovascular Health: Health Systems Resilience & Digital Transformation” was organized on 3th February 2021 by the the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Heart Group, a forum which provides MEPs with an opportunity to generate dialogue, outreach and activities at EU and Member State level. It is made up of MEPs who have an interest in promoting measures that will help reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in Europe and raise CVD as a priority on the EU political agenda.
The COVID19 outbreak has put a sharp focus on the weaknesses of healthcare systems across Europe and generated an unprecedented strain on hospitals and healthcare professionals beyond the human aspects of a pandemic. There is a strong call for rethinking and re-creating healthcare provision, taking forward research, and translating innovative solutions into practice to support patients and health professionals equally.
Evidence and data collected during the pandemic have shown that COVID19 has had a significant impact on heart health and the delivery of cardiovascular care. Already before the outbreak, cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in Europe and the EU. More than 60 million people live with cardiovascular disease in the EU and nearly 13 million new cases of cardiovascular disease are diagnosed each year. The pandemic has aggravated this already grim scenario, also leaving many patients with new cardiovascular conditions after recovering from COVID19.
While national governments are responsible for organizing and delivering healthcare, the pandemic has demonstrated that health action and coordination at EU level can be a real game-changer for European patients.