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Save the date: How can we reduce premature and preventable deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases and diabetes? The case for early detection


12 Dec 2022 10:30 to 12:30


Czech Permanent Representation
Rue Caroly 15
1050  Ixelles


Health & Consumers

Event Description

Hosted by the Czech Permanent Representation in collaboration

with the Czech Society of Cardiology

Organized by the European Society of Cardiology, the European Diabetes Forum and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations

Cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are leading causes of death globally. In the EU, more than 50 million people are currently living with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and the mortality rate is relentlessly high. People with diabetes have an increased risk of CVD and even see their life expectancy drastically reduced by 10–14 years. Unfortunately, it is estimated that over 1 in 3 adults live with undiagnosed diabetes and do not receive any treatment, while 20-40% of heart attacks occur in people previously undiagnosed with CVD.

Overall, CVD is accountable for around 20% of all premature deaths (before the age of 65) in the EU, and it accounts for approximately ~16% of the healthcare expenditure in the EU[1], or €200bn. Earlier identification and better management is a key step to mitigate risk factors, reduce the risk of complications such as heart attacks, and address the disease burden long-term.

Building on the momentum created by the EU Healthier Together Initiative, this event aims to create a platform for discussions between EU and national-level stakeholders, to explore ways to improve the early detection of CVD and diabetes in order to reduce premature and preventable deaths.

Speakers include:

  • Host: Jakub Dvořáček, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
  • Prof. Aleš Linhart, President, Czech Society of Cardiology
  • Prof. Miloš Táborský, First Vice-President, Czech Society of Cardiology;
  • Prof. Francesco Cosentino, Advocacy Chair, European Society of Cardiology
  • Ondřej Knotek, Member of the European Parliament (CZ, Renew Europe)
  • Prof. Chantal Mathieu, Chair of the European Diabetes Forum
  • Marianne Takki, Team Leader, Unit B4 DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Birgit Beger, CEO, European Heart Network 

We will welcome guests from 10:00 for a coffee. The event will be followed by a standing networking lunch.

Make sure to bring a valid ID or Passport with you, as it will be required to access the premises.

Please join us and stay tunedfor more details!


[1] Expenditure for CVD represents the highest component of  healthcare costs, and in 2016 accounted  for 16% of the spending in a selection of 11 high-income European countries. European Society of Cardiology, cardiovascular disease statistics 2021.