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Belgian MPs pledge to draft Resolution on SHD

In the course of a Belgian Parliamentary Roundtable on 20 January 2021, Members of the Federal Parliament Els Van Hoof (CD&V), Laurence Hennuy (Ecolo), and Gitta …

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Virtual parliamentary Roundtable on tackling structural heart disease in Belgium’s elderly population

On 20 January 2021, the parliamentary event Structural Heart Diseases and Ageing: Investing in Belgium's future today was organised. It saw the successful launch …

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Belgian MP submits parliamentary question regarding the national situation on Structural Heart Diseases

On 25 May 2020, the Member of the Belgian Federal Parliament (MP) Els Van Hoof submitted a parliamentary question on the way Belgium plans to …

Estimated number of people with SHD in the EU

Proportional growth of +65

Key facts related to SHD in Belgium

In 2015 Belgium spent 2,421 billion € on Cardiovascular diseases1
In 2016, the old-age dependency ratio was 25,3%, it will rise to 38 % by 20402
With 45 % Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in Belgium3

Key messages

  • By 2040, nearly one in four people in Belgium will be over 65 years.
  • Structural Heart Diseases are a major cause of functional decline in the elderly population and as such, Belgian policies must tackle SHDs as part of ageing strategies.
  • Investments in health innovations for this population are an economic necessity for Belgium to adapt to the new demographic challenges.
  • Investing in technologies that can keep seniors out of hospital and having an active engagement in society will help to solve this issue.


  1. (2017). European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 2017 edition. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 Dec. 2019].
  2. Vandresse, M. (2017). Perspectives démographiques 2016-2060 Population et ménages. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 Dec. 2019].
  3. Ligue Cardiologique Belge. (2019). La ligue cardiologique belge - Ligue Cardiologique Belge. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 Dec. 2019].