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ESC announces new initiatives for workplace heart health programs
Date:9/24/2010

ic implications. "Heart health enables people to work in good health until retirement age, which is of significance when it comes to the current economic initiatives to raise the pensionable age," added said Halle, from the Centre for Prevention and Sports Medicine (Munich, Germany).

Initiatives planned for EuroPRevent 2011, which is being held in Geneva (Switzerland), 14- 16 April, 2011, to improve cardiovascular health in the corporate world include the launch of EACPR consensus document "How to implement preventive cardiology in clinical practice", and a separate prevention initiative, Fit for Future (3F) that has been designed to be rolled out to large companies in Europe.

"The recommendations document, which is intended for the medical profession, government and the corporate world is intended to provide recommendations on components, standards and outcome measures for the delivery of preventive cardiology and specifically address ways of improving cardiovascular health in the workplace," explained Giannuzzi.

The intention of the 3F initiative is to transfer knowledge of cardiovascular prevention by EACPR members to occupational health departments in companies. First EACPR experts will make site visits to the company to audit cardiovascular health, identify what is missing, and establish a "health map" that will guide recommendations for implementation.

"We have currently devised ten different packages. The idea is that in the first year companies will choose one or two of these options that are most relevant to individual circumstances, then in the second year if this has proved successful implement a third or fourth option, " explained Halle.

He added that the current system of cardiovascular prevention is "somewhat ad hoc" in Europe with some companies offering initiatives and other not. "The difficulty is that no one is properly evaluating the programmes, and that they're organised by occupational health doctors from
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Contact: ESC Press Office
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European Society of Cardiology
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