The need for a comprehensive approach to heart failure
In a pre-recorded address, Irish Tánaiste (deputy head of government) Micheál Martin highlighted the need for ‘a Europe where members worked together to build a deeper understanding of the diverse causes of heart failure’. Brando Benifei, co-chair of the MEP heart group, underlined the Tánaiste’s comments, highlighting the ‘need for an autonomic cardiovascular plan’.
Billy Kelleher MEP also noted that the Mission launch was ‘a hugely important moment to make heart failure a key political priority’ in Europe.
Members of the Heart Failure Policy Network heard from experts on how outcomes can be improved for people with heart failure in the EU. One topic of discussion was developing integrated and optimised care pathways to improve the patient journey from detection to treatment and care.
Aistė Štaraitė, Chair of the Global Heart Hub Heart Failure Patient Council, spoke on the need for people with heart failure and their carers to have greater involvement in research to ensure the patient voice is centred.
Members were later joined by Dr Fergal Donnelly, Principal Scientific Officer of the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, for a Q&A where he answered questions on how advocates can target their efforts to best drive policy forward for heart failure in the EU.