Resulting in a plan to promote cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention measures across Europe, the European Commission’s (EC) Heart Health Conference convened representatives of health ministries, national cardiac societies, and heart foundations, and was organised by the EC’s Directorate General Health and Consumer Protection, and the Luxembourg Presidency in partnership with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
While the conference’s strategy was to reiterate the importance of conclusions from the Heart Health Council Meeting held in June 2004(1), its main objective was to come away with key actions that member states and the EC can implement to promote cardiovascular health in Europe. As such, member states will now take back to their ministries of health various national public health strategies. Detailed conclusions of the conference are contained in an official document entitled the ‘Luxembourg Declaration’(2).
Commenting on what needs to be done following the conference, Luxembourg Ministry of Health Mars Di Bartolomeo said, “A long term approach is necessary, through public health strategies which are transparent, multisectorial and multidisciplinary, based on best available research and scientific evidence.”
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