New MEPs must prioritise cardiovascular health

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Despite health not being an EU competence, progress has been made on cardiovascular health which must continue into the new parliamentary term.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are among the most common chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), a group of conditions which are the leading cause of death worldwide. In Europe, CVDs account for over 50 per cent of all deaths from NCDs.

 

It is expected that four major health determinants, tobacco, poor diet, alcohol and physical activity, will be responsible for a significant increase in NCD prevalence over the next 20 years under status-quo prevention and treatment trends.

In the next 20 years, projections indicate that around 40 million EU citizens will have died from CVD. Yet, up to 80 per cent of premature CVD deaths are preventable through early management of risk factors. It is the moral duty of the EU to reverse this trend and the EU summit on chronic diseases provides an ideal framework for taking action and helping achieve the global target to reduce mortality from NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025.

Read full article by Linda McAvan and Antonyia Parvanova here.