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CVD Prevention Toolbox

Risk assessment and management tools for health professionals and policy makers

Through its prevention programmes, the ESC has developed several educational materials and decision making tools to support health professionals and policy makers in their daily practice, in close collaboration with the EAPC.

Expert Tool  

The Expert Tool offers digital, interactive decision support tool for exercise prescription. 

This pilot tool is based on the EXPERT Flowchart (EXercise Prescription in Everyday practice & Rehabilitation Training), developed by the University of Hasselt, in collaboration with the European Association of Preventive Cardiology.

Clinical Practice Guidelines 

European Guidelines on CVD Prevention in Clinical Practice (2016) 
The prevention guidelines recommend a model for total risk estimation based on the SCORE (Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation) system and define the lifestyle, risk factor and therapeutic targets for cardiovascular disease prevention.

Guidelines Learning Tool (GLT)

The Guideline Learning Tool (GLT) is an interactive case-based e-learning programme (demo version) based on the 2012 European Guidelines on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice. Supported by Pfizer LTD in the form of an unrestricted educational grant.

Download files l Download instructions

SCORE risk assessment charts

European SCORE Risk Charts
Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation: Risk assessment charts (high & low cardiovascular risk) based on gender, age, total cholesterol, systolic blood pressure and smoking status

The SMART Risk Score

The SMART Risk Score is a tool to estimate 10-year risk for recurrent vascular events in patients with manifest cardiovascular disease.

HeartScore: Risk assessment tool for clinicians

CVD risk assessment tool, combining risk prediction with management advice to support clinicians in optimising individual cardiovascular risk reduction. available in web-based and PC versions.


Health-related quality of life questionnaire in 25 languages, for students, academic and non-academic researchers.

Health Professional Toolkit

Health Professional e-Toolkit including implementation tools produced by the ESC: Guidelines, Cd-Rom, SCORE Poster, Patient information Poster. Distributed at ESC Congresses.

Smoking Cessation Videos

Smoking Cessation Videos

Highlight on the importance of smoking cessation and how it can prevent cardiovascular events.


European Policy Documents

Key documents

Date  Title
Jul. 2014 Council Conclusions on Nutrition and Physical Activity
Oct. 2013 European Commission 'Reflection Process on Chronic Diseases: Final Report'
Sept. 2011 European Parliament Motion for a Resolution on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases
June. 2011 The Council of Ministers adopts Conclusions on innovation in the medical device sector
May. 2011. The Council adopts a Ministerial Declaration on e-health in Chronic Diseases under the Hungarian Presidency of the EU
Dec. 2010 EU Health ministers adopt Conclusions on innovative approaches to chronic diseases in public health and healthcare systems
Feb. 2010 The Spanish Presidency of the EU dedicates a conference to Cardiovascular Diseases
Jul. 2007 European Parliament resolution on action to tackle cardiovascular disease
June 2004 For the first time, Health Ministers of the EU adopt Council Conclusions on heart health


Key References

References and future developments