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European Heart Health Charter

A Charter Community to share initiatives



The European Heart Health Charter has been developed by the European Society of Cardiology and the European Heart Network, in collaboration with the European Commission and WHO Regional Office for Europe, to prevent cardiovascular disease in Europe.

The official ceremony for the launch of the European Heart Health Charter took place on 12 June 2007 in Brussels, in the symbolic venue of the European Parliament, in the presence of:

  • the Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou,
  • WHO Deputy Regional Director Dr Menabde and
  • Dr Georgs Andrejevs, MEP.

The 12 June also saw the launch of a website dedicated to the European Heart Health Charter at www.heartcharter.eu

A Charter Community to share initiatives

The "Charter Community" section allows the sharing of initiatives on heart health promotion with other stakeholders (ie health professionals, health promotion organisations, health authorities, education system, etc) across Europe.

The European Heart Health Charter is the result of a fruitful work process of the Heart Health Charter Steering Group brought together after the Luxembourg Declaration. The Steering Group is composed of members of the ESC, EHN, WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Commission, Directorate-General Health & Consumer Protection, European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation and the Joint Prevention Committee.

So far, 15 European health promotion organisations have agreed to support the European Heart Health Charter:

  • Comité Permanent des Medecins / Standing Committee of European Doctors (CMPE)
  • European Institute for Women’s Health (EIWH)
  • ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP)
  • EuroHealthNet
  • European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR)
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)
  • European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS)
  • European Health Management Association (EHMA)
  • European Men’s Health Forum (EMHF)
  • European Network for Smoking and Prevention (ENSP)
  • Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU)
  • European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
  • European Society of Hypertension (ESH)
  • International Society on Behavioural Medicine (ISBM)
  • Wonca Europe

The event was largely covered by the media. Please read the press release here.

National implementation

The European Heart Health Charter's national implementation will be monitored through the EuroHeart project.

EuroHeart is a three-year project co-funded by the European Commission Public Health Programme 2003-2008 and aims to address the significant burden of CVD in Europe. To strengthen cross-sector cooperation, it has been developed by the European Society of Cardiology together with the European Heart Network and brings together 30 partners in 20 European countries.

Its general objective is to determine areas of policies and public health interventions which can contribute to preventing avoidable deaths and disability across Europe.

The specific objectives of the EuroHeart project are to:

  1. Mobilise broad support for cardiovascular health promotion and cardiovascular disease prevention through the European Heart Health Charter
  2. Map and analyse national plans, policies and measures impacting on cardiovascular health promotion and cardiovascular disease prevention.
  3. Improve the awareness, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women
  4. Improve prevention practices at primary care level by developing local- language versions of the web-based interactive CVD risk assessment tool, HeartScore
  5. Improve the standards of clinical practice by facilitating the translation, adaptation and implementation of the European guidelines on CVD prevention

Access the European Heart Health Charter website here...
Access the EuroHeart section here...