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A dedicated Atlas for heart failure

Heart Failure Congress News

The ESC Atlas of Cardiology is a unique compendium of data on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), risk factors, outcomes, health infrastructure and service provision across the 57 ESC member countries.

Heart Failure

Panos-Vardas-2019.jpgProfessor Panos Vardas (Hygeia Hospitals Group, Athens, Greece), ESC President 2012–2014 and Chief Strategy Officer of the European Heart Agency explains, “The idea behind Atlas was to highlight gaps and inequalities across Europe in human and capital resources related to CVD to identify where cardiovascular healthcare can be improved.1 Atlas contains over 300 variables and provides important data on the burden of CVD overall; however, there are very few variables specific for heart failure and we recognised the need to create dedicated companions to Atlas for different specialities.”

Petar-Seferovic-2019.jpgTo this end, ESC HFA Atlas was initiated in 2016 by HFA President, Professor Petar M Seferović (University of Belgrade Faculty of Medicine and Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia) and an expert team. Prof. Seferović explains, “Around 40 key heart failure-specific variables were initially identified, some are related to infrastructure, for example, the number of dedicated heart failure units per country, and some explore outcomes, such as the frequent hospital readmissions experienced by patients with heart failure.”

The first results from 42 ESC countries in the HFA Atlas will be presented tomorrow at Heart Failure 2019 by Doctor Ivan Milinkovic (Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia) as part of a symposium on heart failure epidemiology and registries. Prof. Seferović points out, “These results and wider analysis will help us to see the bigger picture. Data exist from other regions on heart failure practices and provision, but now, we can look at our own data from a large number of European countries and see where resources can be targeted to make a greater difference.”

“HFA Atlas is an essential source of information for the medical community and pharmaceutical companies, which will contribute to the development of future strategies in diagnosis, treatment and expenditure.”

  1. Timmis A, et al. Eur Heart J 2018;39:508-579.

Have a look at the Atlas data on the HFA stand!