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New guidelines deliver concise messages for implementing cardiovascular prevention
Date:5/3/2012

of opportunities for wide ranging discussions that allow everyone to get up to speed," explained Professor Ian Graham, Chairperson of the EACPR Prevention Implementation Committee, and co-chairperson of the EuroPRevent2012 Programme Committee.

Special guideline sessions have been organised for GPs and practice nurses, with additional training sessions to teach the national coordinators, who have been specially appointed from the different European countries to implement the guidelines, on how to engage with politicians, the profession and the public. An electronic, interactive Guideline Learning Tool will also be launched at EuroPrevent2012. "We're really excited about this because it will allow doctors, students and other health care professionals to engage interactively with the guidelines through case histories and other new learning techniques," commented Graham.

Additionally, pocket guidelines, an A 4 page with all the essential information and a slide-set for teaching purposes are in development. "Our ultimate aim is to get an A4 summary of the guidelines on the desk of every single family doctor in Europe. It will be the bible of health prevention," said Perk.

Urgent need to improve CVD prevention

The overwhelming need to promote CVD prevention is underlined by statistics showing CVD to be the leading cause of premature death world-wide. Each year in Europe over 4.3 million people will die of CVD (source: European Heart Network) , and of all the deaths occurring before the age of 75 years CVD is estimated to be responsible for 42% of deaths in women and 38% in men .

But the vast majority of these deaths might have been prevented through the widespread adoption of simple interventions such as smoking cessation, improved diets and increased exercise. Evidence that CVD is caused by modifiable risk factors and preventable comes from clinical trials and observational community studies. For insta
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