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Valve for Life Initiative

Goal: Improving transcatheter valve interventions (TAVI) across Europe

During the 1st year after joining the Initiative, Poland has made a number of significant achievements. It conducted a very strong TAVI public campaign, participated in local symposia and the THT Congress also reaching the officials and other stakeholders. Thanks to Valve for Life (VFL) initiative, 2 registries are conducted in another participating country - France - in order to show the real number of patients requiring TAVI or mitral percutaneous treatment (MR) to the French Health Authority. After a successful launch of initiative, the 3rd country to join the initiative in 2017 is Portugal.

Valve for Life logoThis initiative launched mid 2015 aims to improve transcatheter valve interventions (both aortic and mitral) across Europe in order to:

  • Raise awareness on the importance of valvular heart disease in the general population
  • Facilitate access to novel therapies such as transcatheter heart valve interventions
  • Raise educational standards, reduce obstacles to therapy implementation
  • Diminish age and gender discrimination in the access to care.

Objectives

  • Engage key stakeholders at the European and national level to increase access to transcatheter heart valve therapies for patients and address disparities between countries.
  • Assist new countries in implementing Valve for Life Initiative principles at national level.
  • Demonstrate to government officials, health care administrators and health care providers the clinical and economic value of transcatheter heart valve therapy in the management of valvular heart disease.
  • Increase awareness on the inequality of patient access to the lifesaving indication of transcatheter heart valve therapy in Europe and to the European Parliament.
  • Promote synergies and collaboration between cardiologists and CV surgeons.

Long term strategy

  • Increase treatment of severe valvular heart disease by 20% by 2020 in Valve for Live countries through measures such as raising awareness, increasing education, removing obstacles and implementing best practices.
  • Extend the Valve for Life initiative from the initial two pilot countries (Poland and France) to additional under-served regions in Europe.
  • Form programme ambassadors to help disseminate the programme.

Who is the target audience?

  • Physicians and health care professionals who receive training and information on heart valve disease
  • Health care authorities and policy makers to raise awareness on transcatheter valve therapies
  • Practicing physicians to establish a referral basis
  • In addition, it serves to establish best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease.

Participating countries

France has a limited number of reimbursed procedures (fixed to 7 000 per year by French Health Authority) as well as a limited number of implanting centres (only 50). Focus will be put on Transcatheter valvular heart disease interventions

Access the section dedicated to Valve for Life - France

Poland offers a government approved access but has limited funding is available for transcatheter heart valve therapies and a low penetration.

Access the section dedicated to Valve for Life - Poland

Portugal: New country in 2017!

Access the section dedicated to Valve for Life - Portugal

Oversight Committee

Stephan Windecker, EAPCI Past-President 2016-2018
Michael Haude, EAPCI President 2016-2018
Andreas Baumbach, EAPCI President-Elect 2016-2018
Dariusz Dudek, Valve for Life Poland Country Champion
Adam Witkowski, Valve for Life Poland Country Champion
Martine Gilard, Valve for Life France Country Champion

Articles of Interest

"Introducing a new EAPCI programme: the Valve for Life initiative" from Stephan Windecker (EAPCI President); Michael Haude (EAPCI President-Elect) and Andreas Baumbach (EAPCI Secretary) published in EuroIntervention in January 2016