On 7 September, the Heart Failure Policy Network will launch the Action Statement on Heart Failure, arguably the most detailed call to action on the topic yet directed at European institutions.
The action statement will include clear recommendations for the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament, linking with EU programmes such as Horizon Europe and EU4Health. Political, strategic and financial support from the EU would give vital reinforcement to Member States’ efforts to deliver best-practice heart failure care and improve patient outcomes.
We are joined by 27 organisations across Europe, which formally endorse the action statement and its call for urgent EU action to protect citizens, healthcare systems and economies. The statement also highlights the need for an EU Action Plan on Cardiovascular Disease.
The action statement will emphasise that consideration of heart failure, and cardiovascular disease more broadly, is essential for the EU’s societal progress, longer-term prosperity and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Its policy recommendations were developed under the guidance of leading experts in heart failure and cardiovascular disease.
One in five of us can expect to live with heart failure at some point in our lives. The syndrome is the most common cause of hospitalisation for people over the age of 65 and the leading cause of preventable hospitalisations in the EU. In some European countries, heart failure has a mortality rate higher than that of several common cancers. Despite its high prevalence and impact, heart failure is often not considered a healthcare priority.
Help us promote the action statement by using our pre-launch social media toolkit, which includes sample posts and downloadable assets to share with your network.