Calling for a comprehensive EU policy response to improve the cardiovascular health of European citizens

EACH Plan for Cardiovascular Health Launched

The European Alliance for Cardiovascular Health (EACH) revealed its Cardiovascular Health (CVH) Plan for Europe during a high-level policy meeting on May 16, 2022.

The plan will reduce premature and preventable deaths in Europe and improve access to high-quality cardiovascular risk assessment and multidisciplinary care pathways for all, paving the way to a better quality of life.

To achieve this, the focus is on primary prevention at the population level, improvements in secondary prevention, equal access to high-quality, patient-centred healthcare, and an increase in rehabilitation. The EACH CVH plan will have a trickle-down effect with the creation of national CVH plans that are tailored to national contexts and needs.

The time to act is now. The evidence is clear – the unbearable burden of cardiovascular disease on patients, people, health systems, and society in Europe will only increase unless we do not channel enormous political will, leadership, expertise, and imagination and create a different landscape for cardiovascular health in Europe.

The event, supported by the MEP Heart Group, was attended by high-level EU decision-makers, including the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides.