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Preventing heart disease requires a universal approach
Date:3/19/2013

Preventive cardiology is now on the political as well as clinical agenda. In 2011 a UN heads-of-state meeting agreed to reduce mortality from chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. The facts (and the social pressure) before the politicians were unequivocal:

  • Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths in the world, or 17 million people annually - followed by cancers (7.6 million), respiratory diseases (4.2 million), and diabetes (1.3 million).
  • These four groups of diseases account for around 80% of all NCD deaths.
  • They share four risk factors: tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets.

While these chronic diseases are often associated with older age groups, evidence shows that more than 9 million of all deaths attributed to NCDs occur before the age of 60. Children, adults and the elderly are all vulnerable to the risk factors, whether from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke or the effects of the harmful use of alcohol.

This year's EuroPRevent congress, already the world's leading forum for the presentation of new research in preventive cardiology, has adopted as its theme the Universal Approach to Preventive Cardiology and includes in the scientific programme sessions on how to achieve the UN's target of a 25% mortality reduction by 2025. Professor Volker Adams, Chairperson of the Congress Programme Committee highlights that "as is now increasingly recognised and as this congress will reflect, the prevention of CVD cannot be achieved by cardiologists alone. A team approach is needed including exercise physiologists, nutritionists, psychologists and governments. Prevention networks will be an important feature at EuroPRevent."

Among the congress's sessions are two conventions of the Global Forum on CVD Prevention in Clinical Practice, in which national and international associations outline their strate
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