Ed Harding, HPP Managing Director and Strategic Adviser to the Heart Failure Policy Network (HFPN), was recently interviewed for issue 20 of the Health Europa Quarterly (HEQ) online publication.
In the interview, Ed outlines the key challenges facing the diagnosis, screening and treatment of heart failure. For example, late or misdiagnosis of heart failure is common, due to symptoms being hard to detect. Even after diagnosis, guideline-recommended care is not consistently implemented.
The conversation then turned to the founding of the HFPN and its efforts to bridge gaps in heart failure care. Ed highlighted key learnings from the inaugural Heart Failure Policy Summit in 2021, which looked at heart failure in light of health inequalities, health system sustainability and the impact of COVID-19.
The main takeaway from the interview is the need to increase our understanding and awareness of cardiovascular disease, and to make rapid improvements in European heart failure policy. To summarise, Ed stated:
‘The message I would convey to anyone reading this article is that their government, or their region, should at least have a position, even if it’s not a strategy, on heart failure.’
Read the full article: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/connecting-care-for-cardiovascular-diseases/112819/