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The European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) has celebrated its 10 year anniversary at the 2014 ESC Congress in Barcelona. EACPR presidents give their personal recollection and views on the main achievements under their leadership and discuss the challenges for preventive cardiology that still lay ahead, in an article published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology:
The 10-year anniversary of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation: achievements and challengesJ. Perk, G. DeBacker, H. Saner, D. Wood, P. Giannuzzi, S. Gielen, A. PellicciaEuropean Journal of Preventive Cardiology September 10, 2014doi: 10.1177/2047487314549515
"The European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) was officially announced at the ESC congress 2004 in Munich, with a building phase of two years aiming at a final launch at the first EuroPRevent meeting in 2006. In preparation, the feasibility and interest for such a common spring meeting was successfully piloted in 2005 by Luc Vanhees and his team in Leuven" Joep Perk & Guy DeBacker EACPR chairpersons 2004-2006.
"The first goal was to bring a heterogeneous group of professionals together and to create a multidisciplinary association with one vision, one goal and one voice". Hugo Saner, EACPR President 2006-2008.
The Association was built on six sections which reflected the main scientific domains of both constituting working groups and the first EuroPRevent congress was successfully organized by Stamatis Adamopoulos in Athens, Greece, with over 800 participants. HeartScore Spain was launched at EuroPRevent 2007 in Madrid, and the first Prevention Implementation Programme was initiated the same year to support the implementation of the European Guidelines on CVD Prevention.
"My task at the beginning of my term was to further focus efforts, consolidate assets and bring hearts and minds closer together to work for a common agenda; prevention and rehabilitation as one" David Wood, EACPR President 2008-2010
EACPR continued to expand its activities, with the creation of committees on Prevention and Policy, Science and Guidelines, and Education. The first European Summit on CVD Prevention was held in 2008 at the European Heart House, and the Health Professional Toolkit was released at the ESC Congress the same year, with over 15.000 copies distributed in Europe. EuroPRevent consolidated its position as the main meeting for CVD Prevention in Europe, in Paris (2008) and in Stockholm (2009).In 2010, EACPR united around four sections, reflecting a meeting of minds and the widespread recognition that different skills are better exercised together.
"We felt that it was strategically important to consolidate the EACPR position in Europe and EuroPRevent as the main European meeting place for preventive cardiology." Pantaleo Giannuzzi, EACPR President 2010-2012
EACPR grew rapidly to 3000 members, registering over 1200 members in two years. For the first time, the European Guidelines on CVD prevention in Clinical Practice were launched at a EuroPRevent congress, hosted by Ian Graham in Dublin. The implementation programme was expanded to include an updated Health Professional Toolkit (electronic version) and an interactive Guideline Learning Tool.
"EACPR has evolved from a self-sufficient meeting place for prevention and rehabilitation experts into a globally visible society which –together with ESC - takes a lead in the UN initiative aimed at reducing CVD mortality by 25% by 2025". Stephan Gielen, EACPR President 2012-2014
EACPR launched several initiatives to support the 25x25 goals, such as an overview of CVD prevention in ESC member countries, with the support of the 59 National CVD Prevention Coordinators. A first Global Forum on CVD Prevention in Clinical practice was held at EuroPRevent 2013 in Rome, followed by a second and third one in 2014, gathering over 25 partner societies. Global Cardiovascular Health was also the main focus of EuroPRevent 2014 in Amsterdam, with a special programme designed by Rick Grobbee and Johan de Sutter. Our journal was renamed the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology; reached an impact factor of 3.903 in 2012; and increased its frequency to 12 issues per year.
"We should remain indebted to our founding fathers, who paved the scientific and structural wayfor the birth of the EACPR. There is still a need to further develop its structure andefficiency : our challenge is to adapt to the rapidly changing models of our society." Antonio Pelliccia, EACPR President 2014-2016Read the President's address for an overview of EACPR future activities
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