Tackling the burden of structural heart disease:

A European coalition

Welcome to the Structural Heart Disease Coalition website

Structural heart diseases are structural abnormalities of the heart leading to impaired functioning that can affect the heart’s valves, walls, muscles, and blood vessels. They are a form of cardiovascular disease and currently affect around 14 million people in Europe, creating a significant burden for the people suffering from the disease as well as the wider economy and society. 

The Structural Heart Disease Coalition (SHD Coalition) is a European network that brings together experts including key opinion leaders, politicians, and patients to work together to ensure that policy on SHD is prioritised.

The initial goal of the SHD Coalition is to work towards a European Joint Action on Structural Heart Disease with an emphasis on early diagnosis and equal access to care, and treatment for people of all ages. This will require political prioritisation at the EU level as well as strong national support.

Launched in March 2021, this website showcases the various actions undertaken by the Coalition at both EU level and in countries and provides information about SHD and its impact.


Did you know?

One of the main types of SHD has a worse prognosis than some metastatic cancers. If not treated properly, 1 out of 2 diagnosed patients will die after 2 years. After 3 years, this increases to 2 out of 3 patients
The difference between having structural heart disease and being disease-free lies in being able to live a fully independent life – and not being able to make it up a flight of stairs
The 2019 European Heart Health Survey revealed that there is a significant lack of awareness about structural heart diseases, with only 6% of respondents able to describe the condition
40 % of individuals in the EU believe that age discrimination is widespread in their country; In structural heart disease this translates into lack of access to diagnosis, treatment and care. For example: Only 28% of 65+ people in Europe have their heart checked at every GP visit


The EU SHD Coalition is advocating for future EU policy makers to tackle the burden of structural heart disease.

Our Manifesto

The EU SHD Coalition is advocating for future EU policy makers to tackle the burden of structural heart disease.

Major Conditions Strategy: overview and next steps for CVD health in the UK

Introduction Cardiovascular disease (CVD) care and treatment has been a key focus for the Government, highlighted in a number of strategies and policy reports in the last year. The Parliament has been vocal in addressing challenges in the CVD...

Press Statement: EU SHD Coalition Advocates for Preservation of EU4Health Programme Funding

The EU Structural Heart Disease (SHD) Coalition is proud to announce that it has taken a proactive step in advocating for the preservation of funding for the EU4Health programme. In light of the recent decision of the Council to redeploy EUR 1...

Advancing Heart Health: SHD Coalition pushes for early detection and treatments in meeting with German Health Minister Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach

Thanks to the excellent work of the EU SHD Coalition members, the coalition was able to celebrate a great success: The German Ministry of Health announced a planned “law on early detection and treatment of cardiovascular diseases”. The SHD Coalition...
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