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…

Published by the ESC a study on the synergistic interaction between regular physical activity and maintaining body weight

Physical activity (PA) is beneficial for reducing all-cause mortality, and expert guidelines recommend consistent PA of at least 150 min/week of moderate-intensity or 75min/week of vigorous-intensity aerobic PA for adults. Continuing regular PA as recommended over time results in more survival benefits. Maintenance of body weight has also been reported to be associated with improved survival. A stable body weight is associated with decreased mortality risk, while weight variability is related to an increased risk of mortality.

These two factors are tightly intertwined. Physical activity plays an important role in body weight regulation, and weight gain is associated with future physical inactivity. Therefore, a change in PA and a change in body weight cannot be considered independently. However, how a continuing regular PA and maintaining body weight interact is not clear.

Although there were a few studies focusing on the combined effects of PA and body mass index (BMI) on mortality, no study clearly demonstrated any significant interactions. Therefore, the aim of the study is to elucidate whether continuing regular PA and maintaining body weight have interactions in terms of the risk of all-cause mortality.

This large population-based study demonstrated that continuing regular PA as recommended and maintaining body weight have multiplicative and additive interactions on reducing all-cause mortality. Healthcare providers should emphasize both continuing regular PA and body weight maintenance for the general public.

In this framework, Low or no physical activity is one of the behavioural risk factors identified by the YOUNG50 project for the Cardiovascular diseases.

The YOUNG50 project, through its Cardio50 screening programme, aims to affect cardiovascular risk factors, given to eight major CVD risk factors, fall into two groups:

  • behavioral risk factors (diet, low physical activity, smoking, alcohol use);
  • medical risk factors (high systolic blood pressure, high total cholesterol, high fasting plasma glucose, and high body mass index (BMI).


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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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Online the fifth newsletter of the YOUNG50 Project


The European YOUNG50 – #Stay Healthy – Cardiovascular Risk Prevention project has published its fifth newsletter!


The newsletter includes a presentation of the Animated Video that presents the YOUNG50 project and news about the launch of the screening activities in Romania and Lithuania.

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 from Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Public Health Directorate of Cluj County, Romania.

Also in Lithuania on 25 September was launched the screening programme. Centro Poliklinika, Lithuanian partner of the project, from its patient database selected all 49-50 years old persons as potential participants and started with the screening activities.

Moreover, the newsletter includes news on the publication titled “Pandemic heightens the need to combat cardiovascular diseases” of the Lancet Regional Health Europe and on the launch from the European Commission of the “Health & healthy lifestyle” European-wide campaign.

Furthermore, information on the recent European initiatives are included. In fact, in the past few months the World Obesity Federation announced a new feature of its Global Obesity Observatory, “Presentation Maps”. Downloadable maps are available with survey-based prevalence data, obesity-related drivers & comorbidities, comparable estimated prevalence data, and more. Finally, the last September the European Alliance for Cardiovascular Health was launched during a policy debate attended by representatives of the European Commission, Member States and European Parliament. The main goal of this Alliance is to call for a comprehensive EU policy response to improve the cardiovascular health of European citizens.


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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…

This project was funded by the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020).

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