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Major Agreement Reached at Heart Health Conference
© EU Presidency Heart Health
Cardiology and policy advisors from all 25 current Member and Accession States reached agreement on the best approaches for promoting heart health and tackling heart disease, which is the biggest cause of illness and death, both in Ireland and across the EU. Implementation of this agreement will also improve the overall health of the population, reducing death and disability from the other major diseases in Europe such as stroke and cancer.
The key conference recommendations are:
- Individuals must address their lifestyle and health behaviours; this specifically pertains to smoking, diet, and being active.
- Countries should actively encourage further advances in tobacco control policies.
- It was agreed that, with the increase in obesity levels, that countries need to develop comprehensive and integrated European food, nutrition and physical activity policies.
- Public policies are needed to address high levels of alcohol consumption, at individual country level, as part of the overall strategy to promote heart health.
- The health services can take a leadership role in promoting heart health through systematically encouraging and assisting those at high risk to lead heart healthy lifestyles, combined with appropriate treatments.
Speaking at the conclusion of the two-day conference in Cork, the Irish Health Minister Micheál Martin said; "I am confident that by adopting the conference recommendations, a consistent approach for heart health promotion will emerge across all EU Member States.
MEDICA.de, Source: The EU Presidency Heart Health conferences