The Structural Heart Disease Coalition (SHD Coalition) is a European network that brings together experts including key opinion leaders, politicians, patients and industry that collaborate to ensure that SHD is prioritised in policy with the aim of decreasing the burden of the disease and improving patients’ quality of life.
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 treatment. This will require political prioritisation at the EU level as well as strong national support.
Structural heart disease affects patients across Europe. It is not constrained by national borders – so national borders should not constrain the actions we take to tackle it.
The European Union (EU) has a responsibility to support action on SHDs, and the EU institutions and national policymakers need to commit.
The Coalition is driven by the European Manifesto for a Healthier Europe: Living Longer, Living Better, which was launched by Italian MEP Brando Benifei in 2019. The Manifesto calls for
- political prioritisation through an EU Joint Action;
- more systematic detection and diagnosis of structural heart disease; and
- proactive treatment. Find out more here.
The Coalition will now work together to turn these messages into concrete actions at both the EU level and in EU countries.
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The Structural Heart Disease Coalition is a European multi-stakeholder platform grouping together stakeholders and experts who have a common interest in raising awareness about the burden of structural heart disease and prioritising its detection and treatment. The Coalition is calling for urgent action at the EU and country levels to improve care and outcomes.
The Coalition’s work is supported by leading politicians from across Europe who have all highlighted the urgency of the issue.
The website was created with financial support from Edwards Lifesciences.
The website is maintained and updated by RPP Group who acts as the Coalition’s Secretariat, and which coordinates input from Steering Committee members.
The Steering Committee outlines the strategic direction and content of the website. Each member has an equal voice in the decisions regarding the platform’s activities and orientations. The content produced is not biased towards any specific treatment or therapy.
All members of the Steering Committee provide their time for free. Financial supporters have no veto privileges.
The information on this page is valid for 2021 and was last updated on 21/06/21.