The Action Statement on Heart Failure is a call to action for the European Union (EU) to address the growing burden of heart failure. It was developed to help advocates engage European institutions on heart failure, and to support growing calls for an EU Action Plan on Cardiovascular Disease.
The statement details clear recommendations for the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament, drawing on existing and forthcoming EU programmes.
It was developed in collaboration with an independent group of experts in heart failure and cardiovascular disease.
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One in five people can expect to live with heart failure at some point in their lives. The syndrome is the leading cause of preventable hospitalisations in the EU. It is also a major contributor to the burden of cardiovascular disease, which is itself the biggest cause of illness and death in the EU.
Despite its impact, heart failure is often not recognised as a healthcare priority. Urgent action is needed to protect citizens, health systems and economies.
The European Commission should:
The Council of the European Union should:
The European Parliament should: