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Preventing heart disease requires a universal approach 

EuroPRevent 2013 will explore low-cost solutions to the global epidemic of cardiovascular diseases

Topics: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - Risk Assessment and Management
Date: 19 Mar 2013
Three out of five of the world’s most costly diseases are cardiovascular in nature, and their prevention is now recognised as an urgent public health need.

EuroPRevent 2013Preventive cardiology is now on the political as well as clinical agenda. In 2011 a UN heads-of-state meeting agreed to reduce mortality from chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. The facts (and the social pressure) before the politicians were unequivocal:

  • Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths in the world, or 17 million people annually - followed by cancers (7.6 million), respiratory diseases (4.2 million), and diabetes (1.3 million).
  • These four groups of diseases account for around 80% of all NCD deaths.
  • They share four risk factors: tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets.

While these chronic diseases are often associated with older age groups, evidence shows that more than 9 million of all deaths attributed to NCDs occur before the age of 60. Children, adults and the elderly are all vulnerable to the risk factors, whether from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke or the effects of the harmful use of alcohol.

This year's EuroPRevent congress, already the world's leading forum for the presentation of new research in preventive cardiology, has adopted as its theme the Universal Approach to Preventive Cardiology and includes in the scientific programme sessions on how to achieve the UN's target of a 25% mortality reduction by 2025. Professor Volker Adams, Chairperson of the Congress Programme Committee highlights that

“as is now increasingly recognised and as this congress will reflect, the prevention of CVD cannot be achieved by cardiologists alone. A team approach is needed including exercise physiologists, nutritionists, psychologists and governments. Prevention networks will be an important feature at EuroPRevent.”

Among the congress's sessions are two conventions of the Global Forum on CVD Prevention in Clinical Practice, in which national and international associations outline their strategies to achieve NCD mortality targets.

"Key messages still relate to banning tobacco use, promoting healthy diets, increasing physical exercise and moderating alcohol consumption," says Professor Stephan Gielen, President of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR), the congress organisers. "CVD is preventable," he adds, "but lifestyles must change and this will only come about with a concerted effort."

Also on the congress's political agenda is a presentation on the impact of the Lazy Town TV series in the USA. The series encourages children in a fun and creative way to adopt a healthy diet and daily physical activity - and is featured here as an example of how to convey preventive messages to a young audience.

More than 550 abstracts of new scientific research in CVD prevention have been accepted for this congress, and many will provide much public health interest. The leading nations reporting new studies are Italy (the congress's host country), Russia, Spain, Germany and UK.

EuroPRevent 2013 will take place at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome, Italy, from 18-20 April 2013.
The event promises to be the leading event of the year in preventive cardiology and we encourage you to mark the event in your news diaries. The scientific programme contains many new reports on a subject which is traditionally of great public interest.

Building on Italy’s emphasis on sports medicine, the congress will open with a Master Class on Diagnostic imaging in Sports Cardiology , highlighting its importance in prevention and rehabilitation. A screening protocol developed by the EACPR has the power to identify (or raise suspicion for) most of the cardiac disease at risk.

Other scientific sessions will highlight further emerging themes and provide new evidence in established themes, three of which will be featured in press releases issued during the congress:

  • On the impact of heavy work on cardiovascular risk
  • On pollution and air particle composition
  • On mental vulnerability and heart disease

While such presentations will be among the scientific highlights of EuroPRevent 2013 for the press, Professor Gielen sees the congress as a forum for primary care physicians, politicians, and nurses – as well as cardiologists and young researchers. Three out of five of the world’s most costly diseases are cardiovascular in nature, and their prevention is now recognised as an urgent public health need.

* Further details of EuroPRevent 2013 can be found at
http://www.escardio.org/congresses/europrevent-2013/Pages/welcome.aspx

The press releases from EuroPRevent 2013 will be issued during the congress. In the meantime, we encourage you to mark the EuroPRevent 2013 dates in your diary, and to contact the ESC press office for more information.

Authors: ESC Press Office
press@escardio.org
+334 9294 7756

Notes to editor
1. The European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) is a Registered Branch of the European Society of Cardiology and aims to be a coordinating stronghold within the ESC for all activities in the field of preventive cardiology and rehabilitation.
2. Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of mortality in Europe, responsible for more than 2 million deaths per year. Many of these deaths could be prevented with the full adoption and application of prevention policies.
3. More information on EuroPRevent 2013 is available from the ESC's press office at press@escardio.org.

References Scientific Programme Online

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The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents more than 80,000 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean.  Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.