National CVD Prevention Coordinators (NCPCs) are appointed by the Presidents of National Cardiac Societies, with the following roles and responsibilities:
- Facilitate the endorsement, adaptation, translation and publication of the European Guidelines on CVD Prevention
- Coordinate the development of CVD prevention tools at national level
- Liaise with the country’s Ministry of Health representatives
- Build national multi-disciplinary professional alliances and a close collaboration with relevant national societies in the field of CVD prevention
- Act as a direct and privileged contact for the EAPC
NCPC Representatives in the Prevention Implementation Committee (PIC):
- Iulia Kulcsar (Romania)
- Piotr Jankowski (Poland)
Aim: Enhance cooperation with all national coordinators around Europe and thus strengthen the effectiveness of the committee.
National CVD Prevention Coordinators
With the launch of the 2021 ESC Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention in clinical practice, the national coordinators network has been renewed:
|Azerbaijan||Rahima I. Gabulova|
|Belgium||Philippe Van de Borne|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Mirza Dilic and Elnur Smajic|
|Ireland||Bill McEvoy and Angie Brown|
|Kosovo (Republic of)||Pranvera Ibrahimi|
|Moldova (Republic of)||Rudi Victor|
|Netherlands||Ruud Spee and Tamara Aipassa|
|North Macedonia||Irena Mitevska|
|Romania||Iulia Kulcsar and Mihaela Carmen Suceveanu|
|San Marino, Republic of||Emidio Troiani|
|Spain||Leopoldo Pérez de Isla|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||Joseph Mills|
Coordinators to be appointed
|Bulgaria||To be appointed|
|Croatia||To be appointed|
|France||To be appointed|
|Syrian Arab Republic||No Coordinator|
Country of the Month
Country of the Month reports on the state of prevention and rehabilitation are prepared by NCPCs with the aim to share best practices and to inspire health professionals in the field of preventive cardiology.
Overview of Preventive Cardiology in Europe
The Overview of Preventive Cardiology in Europe is a valuable source of information, based on the Country of the Month reports of the NCPCs which allows readers to compare cardiac rehabilitation and CVD prevention between different European countries.
NCPC meetings and workshops
ESC Preventive Cardiology in Malaga (April 2023)
21 National Coordinators and representatives from the 4 European risk regions participated to share their advice on patient management of two patient cases (primary and secondary prevention). Differences between the risk groups were identified and discussed.
EAPC Digital Roundtable (January 2022)
"2021 CVD Prevention Guidelines, from scientific guidance to clinical practice"
Objective: To inquire about progress in the implementation of the 2021 ESC Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention in clinical practice since publication in the European Heart Journal in autumn 2021.
On 27 January 2022, the EAPC Prevention Implementation Committee (PIC) invited cardiologists from the network of National CVD Prevention Coordinators (NCPCs) and EAPC Young Ambassadors to a 90-minute online meeting. Physicians from 13 of the 16 invited countries with the highest age-corrected cardiovascular mortality participated.
Report and journal article “Prevention is better than cure but is not always possible in challenging circumstances“ (EHJ, March 2022)
ESC Congress in Paris (September 2019)
21 National Coordinators and Representatives met at ESC Congress 2019 to:
- Get updates about the latest EAPC prevention activities
- Share prevention activities, implementation strategies and barriers in the different countries
EuroPrevent in Ljubljana (April 2018)
18 National Coordinators and Representatives from 17 different countries met at EuroPrevent in Ljubljana to discuss “big differences in the state of cardiac rehabilitation from country to country [and to] focus on cardiac rehabilitation”.
ESC Congress in Barcelona (August 2017)
27 National Coordinators from 23 different countries shared their experiences, discussed the Overview of Cardiac Rehabilitation in ESC Member Countries initiative and presented "Prevention Pictures".
EuroPrevent in Malaga (April 2017)
National CVD Prevention Coordinators and CCNAP National Representatives from 14 different countries discussed the ESC Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Programme and other prevention implementation initiatives.
National CVD Prevention Coordinators from 11 different countries discussed prevention strategies.
Documents and resources
- NCPC's roles and responsibilities
- 2021 ESC Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention in clinical practice