Cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention
Cardiovascular diseases remain a primary cause of death worldwide, but they can be prevented. euPrevent has participated a two-days seminar on 29 and 30 October, on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases across Europe. This seminar is organized by Active Citizenship Network (ACN) and is addressed to the leaders of civic and patients’ associations from different European countries. euPrevent is an associate partner in the project on CVD prevention initiated by ACN. The focus of this seminar is “increasing consciousness and access to treatment, reducing the burden of cardiovascular diseases across Europe”.
Medical experts with a lot of experience in the domain of cardiovascular diseases talked about the importance of patient’s involvement in preventing the diseases. This can be realized by the whole population through adapting lifestyle and changing to healthy habits (such as a balanced diet, no smoking and less alcohol consumption, more physical exercise). In addition, screening and regular check-ups may also help in preventing the diseases from worsening. The risk factors were also analysed by the speakers. These factors are mainly diabetes, overweight, family history of cardiovascular diseases, psychological factors (e.g. stress) and kidney diseases.
There will be follow-up seminars in November and December:
For more information on the seminars related to the CVD prevention project: http://www.activecitizenship.net/patients-rights/projects/367-increasing-consciousness-and-access-to-treatment-reducing-the-burden-of-cardiovascular-diseases-across-europe-agenda.html