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The new EAPC Primary Care and Risk Factor Management Section: Ready for action!

EuroPrevent Congress News - Lisbon

In August 2018, the ESC General Assembly approved merging the ESC Council of Cardiovascular Primary Care into the new EAPC section of Primary Care and Risk Factor Management. This section will contribute to EAPC’s mission by ‘investigating, defining standards, and promoting cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention in the primary care setting, including risk factor management for those at risk and those with established CVD.’

Risk Factors, Prevention, Rehabilitation, Sports Cardiology

m-hollander-2019.jpg“The keyword of our new section is ‘connection’,” said Doctor Monika Hollander, new Section Chair and general practitioner. “We must build and strengthen existing connections between our nucleus and other EAPC nuclei, between multiple disciplines (specialists, GPs, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, etc.) and between EAPC and other organisations that deal with primary care and risk factor management, such as the European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (EPCCS).”

“The Primary Care and Risk Factor Management Section met for the first time in February and it is clear that we are an ambitious group with multiple goals. Our first aim is to organise and establish ourselves as a new section and to prioritise projects. We have several ideas for areas that we would like to address, for example, increasing collaboration between primary care and secondary care, better identification of high-risk individuals and effective strategies to reach out to lower-income populations. We would also like to initiate various publications, for example, an editorial to explain the rationale of the new section and a position paper on upcoming ESC guidelines from a primary care perspective. Another key goal is to look at ways that we can increase the reach and impact of the new section across all those working in primary care and how we can work with other organisations, such as WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) and EPCCS. We would like to develop educational activities and we will be assessing members’ needs to help guide this.

Next year, EuroPrevent becomes ‘ESC Preventive Cardiology’. In 2020 we hope to be running sessions that reflect our mandate and mission in terms of both science and education. We will be meeting regularly over the next few months and look forward to sharing our progress with other EAPC sections and members.”