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Healthier Hearts: Why boosting cardiovascular health policy is critical for Europe

In the context of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this event provided a platform for dialogue and best practice sharing on how to tackle cardiovascular disease in Europe and identify key policy actions on EU and member state-level.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Europe, despite medical advances contributing to a drop in overall mortality over the past decades. While CVD accounts for about 20 % of all premature deaths, the World Health Organization estimates that about 80 % of CVDs are preventable. 

A key question to maintain future sustainable health care systems will be how to reduce premature and preventable deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases.


Acko Ankarberg (Minister for Health Care), John Ryan (Director, Acting Deputy Director General, DG Sante, European Commission), Birgit Berger (CEO, European Hearth Network), Thomas Magnusson (Chair Diabetes Sverige, Swedish patient representative), Peter Vasko (Cardiologist, chairman Swedeheart and SwedeHf), and Fredrik Söder (CEO & Founder Health Integrator) among others.