EU SHD Coalition Event at the French National Assembly, October 18th 2023 : Exploring Early Detection of Structural Heart Diseases for Healthy Aging

On October 18th, the EU Structural Heart Disease Coalition was at the French National Assembly, at the invitation of Deputy Paul Christophe, to discuss the early detection of structural heart diseases and their impact on healthy aging.

In France, the aging population is becoming increasingly prevalent, the pursuit of healthy aging has emerged as a paramount public health priority. As the years pass, the need for early detection and prevention of age-related diseases, particularly structural heart diseases, has never been more pressing.

The event « Detecting Structural Heart Diseases Earlier: A Key to Successful Aging » highlighted the importance of identifying these conditions early to unlock the secrets to aging in good health. The discussion was organized in three parts. First, a presentation of structural heart disease, followed by a discussion on the arguments in favour of a screening program and then a presentation of local initiatives. It was the opportunity to brought together experts, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to explore the possibilities of implementing a comprehensive cardiovascular disease prevention policy.

Early Detection for Healthy Aging

One of the focal points of the event revolved around the necessity of early detection in the context of structural heart diseases. These ailments, which progressively worsen with age, pose a significant challenge to healthy aging. Early prevention and diagnosis were emphasized as pivotal.

An essential tool in this endeavour is systematic heart auscultation, which allows healthcare providers to spot the initial signs of these diseases. Detecting them early allows for prompt intervention, effectively preserving the patient’s quality of life and independence.

The Need for a Comprehensive Approach

The second major highlight of the event was the need for a comprehensive and well-structured approach to healthcare that prioritizes early detection and prevention.

This comprehensive approach encompasses multiple facets, including raising awareness among the public, providing extensive training for healthcare professionals, and establishing clear and uniform recommendations for patient care. Furthermore, it entails the active involvement of medical assistants and nurses specially trained in cardiovascular prevention. The success of this comprehensive approach depends on close collaboration among healthcare professionals, patients, and policymakers.

By implementing this approach, an efficient screening program can be established, benefiting not only individual patients but also the broader healthcare system