Transferring the CARDIO 50 experience to other member states.

Organized Cardiovascular risk screening programme for active prevention in fifty-year-olds (“ Cardio 50”) was developed and coordinated by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of the Veneto Region of Italy, involving 22 Local Health Authorities from 11 Italian regions.

The objectives of CARDIO 50 were to estimate cardiovascular risk among the 50 years old population, identify persons with inadequate lifestyles, new cases of hypertension, hyperglycemia and hypercholesterolemia, activate an integrated model of assistance to help modify or reduce risk factors among healthy subjects, promote interventions to change unhealthy lifestyles and to increase knowledge and perceptions of CVD risks among the general population.

The key objectives of the resulting project, entitled YOUNG50, which kicked off on May 1st, 2019, are to adapt and export the CARDIO50 screening model to Lithuania, Romania, and Luxembourg and to affect behavioural and medical risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. 

Finally, it is important to refine the screening model, starting from CARDIO 50, through comparisons among the MS participating in the project, in order to obtain maximum performance, sustainability and dissemination.

It is expected that the outcomes deriving from the attainment of these objectives, on one hand, will enhance the tools used in CVD prevention in participating MS and, on the other hand, will directly improve the health of the screened population.