Bringing heart failure into mainstream health policy

Event report:
29th September 2015, World Heart Day, European Parliament, Brussels

Patients, parliamentarians, and clinicians came together to demand greater recognition for heart failure: a debilitating and costly condition, the prevalence of which is set to increase in the future.

On the 29th September 2015 (World Heart Day) members and supporters of the Heart Failure Policy Network gathered in the European Parliament to launch the Call to Action on heart failure, and the Heart Failure Policy Toolkit.

The launch marked an important milestone for heart failure following a year of discussion and joint work. At the event, members and key supporters took to the podium to highlight the case for change in heart failure, before the session was opened up for public questions and answers.



Members and key supporters of the Heart Failure Policy Network launch a new Call to Action on heart failure in the European Parliament, Brussels.

The speakers challenged governments across Europe to take urgent action on heart failure, and invited others to demonstrate their support by signing the Call to Action, and by helping to disseminating the Heart Failure Toolkit to other key stakeholders across Europe.

Speakers included:

  • Aldo Patriciello MEP (Italy)
  • Nick Hartshorne-Evans (UK), Pumping Marvellous Foundation
  • Dr Pierre Troisfontaines (Belgium), Cardiologist and Vice-President, Mon Coeur Entre Parenthèses
  • Ian Duncan MEP (UK, Scotland)
  • Annie Schreijer-Pierik MEP, (The Netherlands)
  • Dr. Mark Dancy, (UK) Cardiologist and former National Clinical Chair, NHS Heart Improvement Programme.
  • Pascal Garel, HOPE, (the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation)
  • Aurélien Perez, DG Santé, European Commission

Delegates listen to the policy case for change in heart failure: a highly prevalent condition, which 1 in 5 people are at risk of developing in their lifetime, but to date has been largely unknown by Governments and the general public alike.

Following the panel session, there was a lively debate during a question and answer session. Delegates commented on the challenges facing improved diagnosis, multi-disciplinary care, and person-centred care models, often drawing on personal experience has patients, clinicians and health system leaders. Finally, Members and key supporters gathered for a joint photograph to show their support for the Call to Action