New Polish Cardiovascular Plan: Leading by Example

Joining the handful of countries that have a national plan on cardiovascular (CV) health, Poland adopted its innovative “National Program for Cardiovascular Diseases - National Cardiac Strategy for 2022-2032”

French Bill on “Building a society for aging well”: an opportunity to include the prevention of age-related diseases.

In the coming weeks and months, the French parliament will examine a text on aging well in France, which represents an opportunity to include the prevention and detection of age-related diseases, including structural heart disease, as one of the elements for preserving autonomy and building a society of aging well.

Time to act: How early detection of valvular heart disease can combat the most common cause of death in Germany.

On 15 December 2022, the EU SHD Coalition organized a press conference with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of early detection of structural heart disease, SHD, such as valvular heart disease in Germany. The various discussions emphasized the importance of early detection, as cardiovascular diseases are still the most common cause of death in Germany with about 340,000 deaths per year.

At the heart of aging well: raising awareness, screening and prioritizing in the face of cardiovascular emergencies.

En décembre 2022, l’Institut Choiseul France, groupe de réflexion indépendant, a publié une note stratégique sur l’urgence cardiovasculaire en France.... Voir l'article


On 15 November 2022, leading Members of the European Parliament Brando Benifei (S&D, Italy) and Maria da Graça Carvalho (EPP,... Voir l'article

The EU Structural Heart Disease (SHD) Coalition welcomes the EU NCD Initiative which recognises the need to improve detection of Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs),  including SHD

On 22 June, the European Commission, unveiled the guiding document of the “Healthier together, EU Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) Initiative” during... Voir l'article

Members of the SHD Coalition participate in a virtual Public Hearing on Structural Heart Disease organised by MEP Pascal Arimont

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Pascal Arimont from Belgium and Brando Benifei from Italy have recently organised a public hearing on Structural Heart Disease (SHD). The key outcome of this hearing was increased awareness of SHD amongst policymakers and members of the European Commission. MEP Arimont highlighted that the European Parliament has a role to channel current EU budgets towards improving detection of SHD. “No citizen should be left behind and die because of a lack of a heart check” – MEP Pascal Arimont

Flemish MPs gather at parliamentary event on the early detection of SHDs

On Wednesday 15 June, the SHD Coalition organised an event in the Flemish Parliament with the goal of drawing attention to the lack of awareness and the importance of early detection related to SHDs in Flanders. Central to the event was a session during which MPs were given the opportunity to undergo a short heart screening performed by Coalition Steering Committee Member and cardiologist Prof. Dr. Christophe Dubois.


Structural heart diseases (SHD) are set of cardiovascular diseases affecting the structure of the valves, atria, ventricles, and blood vessels in the heart. The majority of these conditions are degenerative, which means that they primarily affect the elderly. It is estimated that 14 million people in Europe were living with SHD in 2020, and that by 2050, this cipher will increase to 23 million.

The efforts of the EU SHD Coalition recognised in Spanish media

Dr. Jorge Solís Martín, coordinator of the departments of cardiac imaging and valvular heart disease at the University Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, writes an article about why valvular heart disease is an increasing public health threat in the Spanish schedule and how the coalition has helped focus institutional attention on these conditions. In a blog in Elconfidencial's Aliments, Dr. Solís addresses the most important needs in combating heart valve diseases disease, including the need for early detection. In particular, Dr. Solís points to the work of the EU SHD Coalition to raise awareness among institutions and policymakers. According to Dr. Solís, the Department of Valvular Heart Disease of the Cardiology Service of the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, with more than two thousand patients in follow-up, has become a national reference thanks to organisational efforts to address the avalanche of valvular heart patients in one of Madrid's oldest populations, which is a faithful reflection of the general situation expected in the coming decades. He acknowledged the importance of raising political awareness of the problem of valvular heart disease, welcoming the work of the EU SHD Coalition in this context. Jorge Solís, M.D., is a cardiologist, founder of the Atria Clinic and coordinator of the Cardiac Imaging and Valvular Heart Disease Departments at University Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, Spain. He specialised in valvular heart disease and cardiac imaging in the United States, first for a year in Montana with renowned cardiac surgeon Carlos Duran and later for four years in the Cardiac Imaging Department at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Harvard Medical School). The full article is accessible here: