How can we reduce premature and preventable deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases and diabetes? Brussels

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, 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. 

Important! Since this is an in-person event, spots are limited. You will receive an email to confirm if your registration has been successfully processed. 

Note: Please bring with you the ID or Passport that you have used in the form below. This is needed to access the premises of the Permanent Representation.