Environmental factors are estimated to be responsible for up to 20% of the disease burden in Europe. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) make up the largest portion of this burden, according to the European Heart Network. Together with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) they have launched a campaign to raise the public awareness of the environments impact on heart health. They invite people to join the campaign by supporting the ‘Environment & the Heart Call for Action’ by signing the online petition.
The results of the campaign, will be presented to the European Commissioners for Health, Environment, Climate Change and Transport in Brussels on World Heart Day, 29 September.