Our mission is to become a worldwide reference for education in the field for all professionals involved in the process to disseminate knowledge & skills of Acute Cardiovascular Care.
Our mission is to promote excellence in clinical diagnosis, research, technical development, and education in cardiovascular imaging in Europe.
Our mission is to promote excellence in research, practice, education and policy in cardiovascular health, primary and secondary prevention.
Our mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe through percutaneous cardiovascular interventions.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of the population by reducing the impact of cardiac rhythm disturbances and reduce sudden cardiac death.
Our mission is to improve quality of life and longevity, through better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, including the establishment of networks for its management, education and research.
The ESC Working Groups' goal is to stimulate and disseminate scientific knowledge in different fields of cardiology.
The ESC Councils' goal is to share knowledge among medical professionals practising in specific cardiology domains.
OUR MISSION: TO REDUCE THE BURDEN OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
"Patients with myocardial infarction, with angina and with heart failure are all referred to our cardiac rehabilitation programme. I want to compare their health-related quality of life [HRQL] before and after the programme. What measure should I use?”
This question is consistent with major goals of the European Society of Cardiology which include improving HRQL in patients with cardiovascular disease and those at risk.
The answer to the question is use a specific HRQL questionnaire as these measures are designed
"However, we have a problem. At this time, there is no core validated coronary heart disease specific HRQL questionnaire to compare outcome in patients with these three diagnoses."
The European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation “HeartQoL” study project aims to develop a single reliable and valid core coronary heart disease specific HRQL questionnaire. This will allow comparison of outcomes with the same, or different, treatments among pure or mixed populations of patients with myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, and/or heart failure.
We are collecting data with the objective of recruiting at least 5,250 patients [1,750 with each diagnosis] speaking 16 European languages in 23 countries world-wide. The HeartQoL study is using three existing reliable and valid heart disease specific HRQL questionnaires, each designed for use in one of the three primary CHD diagnoses, as the basis from which to develop a single heart disease core HRQL instrument across CHD diagnoses.
As of August 2006, we have entered data for more than 3,500 patients and with 100% data entry completed in 15 sites. We expect to complete data collection by the end of 2006 at the sites that have been involved with the study since 2004 with sites that joined later having until mid-2007 to complete patient recruitment.
The overall aim of the HeartQoL study is improve understanding of HRQL, and thereby improve interventions, in patients with documented CHD.
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