YOUNG50 #Stay Healthy - Cardiovascular Risk Prevention

Towards a new normal: Why boosting cardiovascular health is critical – Opportunities for healthcare systems to build back better for patients in Europe

13 May 2022, 09.30 - 11.00 CET | Virtual event

More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic started, healthcare systems are assessing its impact to strengthen their response and improve the health outcomes of patients across disease areas. In this context, EFPIA CVD Network commissioned a report, in collaboration with PwC, to understand the impact of the pandemic on the sixty million CVD patients in Europe.

Building on the findings of the report, the event aims to facilitate a debate between policy makers, healthcare providers and patient representatives to assess the impact of COVID on CVD care, discuss the role of secondary prevention and to explore possible policy actions to strengthen healthcare systems’ response to CVDs and improve the health outcomes of CVD patients.

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Launched from the EC the initiative “Healthier together” inviting actors to submit proposals for best practices in the EU on non-communicable diseases

The European Commission has recently launched the initiative “Healthier together” inviting governmental and non-governmental actors to submit proposals for best practices in the EU on non-communicable diseases. The initiative aims to support EU countries in identifying and implementing effective policies and actions to reduce the burden of major non-communicable diseases and improve the health of citizens. The initiative will include five strands:
  • Dardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic respiratory diseases
  • Mental health and neurological disorders
  • Horizontal strand on health determinants
Actions can also help to address challenges common to all strands, such as social determinants of health and health literacy; age/gender/culture-sensitive prevention and management; effective and efficient screening; participation of (recovered) patients in the labour market; multimorbidity; and improvements towards person-centred, integrated care. The European Commission will then invite the owners of the top-ranked best practices to present them to EU countries’ representatives in a ‘marketplace event’. During this event, countries may identify best practices for joint/wider implementation across the EU under the EU funding programmes. During this event, countries can identify best practices for joint and wider implementation across the EU within EU funding programmes. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15th May 2022. An evaluation process will immediately follow the deadline of submissions. After 15 May 2022, it will still be possible to submit best practices but they will be evaluated at a later stage (date to be communicated).

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Online the new survey of the European Society of Cardiology

. If you are interested in or work in the field of cardiology, help the European Society of Cardiology develop greater educational opportunities, improve their digital tools and better serve you by taking the short online survey the ESC has recently published on its website.

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European Society of Cardiology: cardiovascular disease statistics 2021

 This report from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Atlas Project updates and expands upon the widely cited 2019 report in presenting cardiovascular disease (CVD) statistics for the 57 ESC member countries.Statistics pertaining to 2019, or the latest available year, are presented. Data sources include the World Health Organization, the…

Launch of the MECKI score : the index calculating the risk of death from heart failure

The MECKI score (Metabolic Exercise Cardiac Kidney Index) is based on an algorithm developed by the Centro Cardiologico Monzino (Italy), which will make it possible to assess the individual mortality risk of patients and consequently to identify the subjects most in need of treatment. The MECKI calculation is based on the values of the cardiopulmonary test together with other echocardiographic and laboratory parameters: haemoglobin, sodium, renal function, left ventricular ejection fraction, peak oxygen consumption and ventilatory efficiency under stress. This algorithm entered the clinical practice of cardiologists in Europe following its official introduction into the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The calculator is available online and is also available in an iPad version, which can be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.


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Lithuanian screening programme finally launched in September 2021

 On 25 September was launched in Lithuania the screening programme in the framework of YOUNG50 Project Screening visits of citizens has finally started in Vilnius.Centro poliklinika, Lithuanian partner of the project, from its patient database selected all 49-50 years old persons as potential participants. A trained employee has started contacting the participants…

Romania starts with the implementation of the screening activities!

In Romania the implementation of the screening activities for identification of behavioral and biological risk factors for cardio-vascular diseases included in the European project Young 50 have started in September 2021.The program is organised at local level through cooperation between NGO Aer Pur Romania, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy…

World Health Day 2021: “Use Heart to Connect”

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the uptake of digital health, creating an opportunity to strengthen the response to Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD).In particular, the potential of remote health management has been highlighted when face-to-face medical consultations have not been possible in many settings.As the article “World Heart Day 2021: COVID-19, digital…

The YOUNG50 presenting video is out: check it out!

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality in the European Union, causing more than 1.8 million deaths per year, as well as a great loss of potential years of life. Prevention plays a key role in reducing mortality linked to cardiovascular diseases. The risk factors that most expose people…

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