Cardiovascular Disease Plan for Europe launched 

Cardiovascular Disease Plan for Europe launched 

As a member of the European Alliance for Cardiovascular Health (EACH), we are pleased to see the launch of the Cardiovascular Disease Plan for Europe yesterday, (Monday 16 May 2022). 

EACH brings together patients, healthcare professionals, insurers, researchers and industry to tackle Europe’s leading cause of death. 

The proposed Plan aims to reduce premature and preventable deaths in Europe by one third in 2030, improve access for all to high quality cardiovascular risk assessments, set multi-disciplinary care pathways and pave the way for greater quality of life. 

It also aims to build further on the upcoming EU Non-Communicable Diseases Initiative ‘Healthier Together’ which will be developed with EU Member States, with national plans, tailored to country-specific realities and needs. 

Arlene Wilkie, SAFE Director General said:

We are excited to be involved in this initiative. It complements and strengthens the work that we are doing on the Stroke Action Plan for Europe 2018-2030 and ensures that stroke remains high on the European policy agenda. 

For more information about the plan see https://www.cardiovascular-alliance.eu/each-plan-for-cardiovascular-health-launched/ 

World Health Organisation Informal Consultation, 18-19 May 2022

World Health Organisation Informal Consultation, 18-19 May 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding a consultation with people living with non-communicable diseases and mental health conditions on the 18 and 19 May (09:00 – 12:00 CEST).

WHO is developing a Framework for Meaningful Engagement, which includes those living with stroke. The aim is to involve them in co-designing policies, programmes and principles. 

The consultation will include a mixture of presentations, discussions and breakout sessions. They will be co-led and facilitated by those with lived experience. 

Sign up here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/livedexperienceEUROen 

Clinical Trials Day Friday, 20 May 2022 

Clinical Trials Day Friday, 20 May 2022 

It is International Clinical Trials Day this Friday – the European Centre for Clinical Research Training has organised a free webinar on 20 May on International Clinical Trials Day.  

During this free online session, patients will share their journey in a clinical study. This will be an excellent opportunity for other patients to learn the benefits of clinical research.  

To register click here. 

1 in 5 Europeans have high blood pressure

1 in 5 Europeans have high blood pressure

On European Stroke Awareness Day (Tuesday 10 May) we raise awareness of one of 10 key modifiable risk factors of stroke – high blood pressure.

According to recent statistics from Eurostat (European Commission research), 1 in 5 Europeans have high blood pressure.

The highest levels of high blood pressure were recorded in Croatia (37% of people), Latvia and Hungary (both 32%).

In contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Ireland (12%), Luxembourg, Romania and the Netherlands (all 16%).

Our Vice President Professor Anita Arsovska said:

The majority of strokes can be prevented by changing lifestyle and behaviours. Our stroke prevention website https://strokeprevention.info/ has been updated with all the latest facts and information to help people reduce their risk of stroke. It is available in six languages (English, French, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish).

Stroke prevention is a target outlined in the Stroke Action Plan for Europe. National stroke plans need to include stroke prevention and public health interventions to promote healthy lifestyles.

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Celebrating successes of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe on Europe Stroke Awareness Day

Celebrating successes of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe on Europe Stroke Awareness Day

On European Stroke Awareness Day, we highlight the critical work of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe (SAP-E) and the achievements to date, bringing us closer to improving stroke care across Europe

Arlene Wilkie, SAFE Director General and SAP-E implementation Co-Chair says:

Stroke is one of the biggest causes of adult disability in Europe 2018-2030 which impacts on all aspects of life – economic, social, medical, physical and mental health.

Together with European Stroke Organisation we have developed a number of documents and tools to improve stroke care in Europe which are being used by the SAP-E national co-coordinators to implement the SAP-E in their country.

Our aim for the SAP-E is to ensure that each European country has a national stroke plan, from prevention to life after stroke, that is implemented, funded and reviewed. We have achieved a lot so far since 2018, we have a long way to go and we are committed to implementing the SAP-E to ensure that we improvements in stroke treatment and care across Europe.

For more information visit https://actionplan.eso-stroke.org/highlighting-sap-e-successes-on-european-stroke-awareness-day/