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Heart-healthy cities: reducing the urban CVD burden

ESC Congress News 2019 - Paris, France

Growing urbanisation is a reality. By 2050, over two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas,1 and these environments pose particular challenges for cardiovascular health in terms of air and noise pollution and resulting stress.

Public Health
Risk Factors and Prevention
Health Policy

Strategies to combat urban-associated damage to cardiovascular health require commitment from policymakers to foster heart-healthy environments and ensure that healthy choices are available and accessible to all citizens.

Relentless in its mission to reduce cardiovascular disease, the ESC is proud to announce that Paris will be the first host for a new initiative: Heart Healthy Cities.

At a meeting at Paris City Hall tomorrow, ESC Advocacy is bringing together local authorities and experts to ensure that cardiovascular health is high on the policy agenda and to formulate a concrete action plan to raise awareness and reduce the urban burden.

The public is encouraged to attend and actively participate in the meeting, which will feature presentations from scientific experts on air quality, how to be prepared for a cardiac emergency, as well as panel discussions with local politicians. And once the meeting isover, the efforts will not stop. The Heart Healthy Cities initiative will be sustained over time and developed further at subsequent ESC Congresses.

ESC Advocacy works to bring together scientific experts and politicians to encourage evidence-based policy making. Professor Lina Badimon (IR-Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain), Chair of the ESC Advocacy Committee, says, “This is a turning point in ESC Advocacy. It is a forward-looking initiative that aims to support municipalities in addressing the urban cardiovascular challenge by means of scientific-based interventions. I am so pleased that Paris wants to join forces with the ESC in this new endeavour, and I look forward to progressing it with the future ESC Congress hosts, Amsterdam and London.”

The inaugural Heart Healthy Cities meeting will take place in Paris City Hall: Monday; 14:00 – 18:00




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About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology brings together healthcare professionals from more than 150 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.

About ESC Congress 2019

ESC Congress is the world’s largest and most influential cardiovascular event contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries. ESC Congress 2019 takes place 31 August to 4 September at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris - France. Explore the scientific programme