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Date:10/23/2009

sive alcohol consumption, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity. It was in these areas that the highest level of evidence was thought available to support interventions with the greatest likely benefits in reducing the toll of premature deaths. "In addition to having common mechanisms," says Professor Rydn, "it was obvious to us that these diseases also require common approaches for management and prevention, and that will allow us the greatest overall benefit on European health."

Professor Ian Graham, Chairperson of the Fourth Joint Task Force of the ESC and Other Societies on CVD Prevention in Clinical Practice, added salt to the risks above, saying: "In addition, restriction of salt intake can help to reduce the burden of high blood pressure and consequent stroke."

As defined in the European Heart Health Charter, the declared targets for cardiovascular health throughout the European Union are:

  • zero smoking
  • three kilometres daily walking
  • five portions of fruit and vegetables per day
  • <140/90 mmHg blood pressure
  • <5 mmol/l total cholesterol
  • <3 mmol/l LDL-cholesterol
  • zero diabetes

Realisation of such targets, says Professor Rydn, will only be achieved by the integration of curative and preventive medicine, alliances among professional and public health organisations, and political initiatives.


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