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14 Members of Parliaments across Europe call for a Joint Action on SHD at the occasion of World Heart Day

On this special day, Brando Benifei MEP shared a letter to the European Commissioner for Health and food safety Stella Kyriakides calling for a joint action on SHD in the framework of the EU4Health programme.

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French Parliament and Minister calls for integration of active and healthy ageing in upcoming French Presidency of the EU

On 15 September, an event organised in the National Assembly by MP Annie Vidal and MP Paul Christophe gathered key stakeholders, including the French delegated Minister for Autonomy Brigitte Bourguignon, to discuss the inclusion of active and healthy ageing in the forthcoming French EU Presidency.

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Digital Expert-Roundtable “SHD Early Detection Germany” took place on September 7th 2021

On the 7th of September 2021, a virtual Expert-Roundtable dedicated to the importance of early detection of structural heart diseases in Germany took place.

Estimated number of people with SHD in the EU

Percentages of population in the EU2

Key facts related to SHD in the EU

1 out of 26 people are estimated to have SHD in the EU in 2040.3

In 2040 ¼ of the healthcare demand will be for people over the age of 65.4

The old-age dependency ratio5 in 2016 was 30%, in 2040 this will be 46 %6.

Key messages

  • The senior population in Europe is about to experience an exponential growth in the next years with a corresponding vast increase in prevalence of SHD.
  • The proportionate change in our demographics requires a corresponding proportionate change in our health systems.
  • EU Member States face an unprecedented challenge to their economic stability and social structures through the drastic increase in older citizens as a percentage of population.
  • Preserving senior citizens autonomy through enabling treatments is an economic imperative. It should be looked on no more differently than an economic crisis that requires comprehensive policy responses.


  1. Eurostat (2017) People in the EU – population projections, [retrieved on: 25/July/2018]
  2. Eurostat (2017) People in the EU – population projections, [retrieved on: 25/July/2018]
  3. J. d’Arcy et al. (2016) Large-scale community echocardiographic screening reveals a major burden of undiagnosed valvular heart disease in older people: 
    the OxVALVE Population Cohort Study [retrieved on: 25/July/2018]
  4. Eurostat (2017) People in the EU – population projections, [retrieved on: 25/July/2018]
  5. The old age dependency ration is defined as the ratio between the number of persons aged 65 years and over to the number of persons aged 15-64,
    expressed as a percentage.
  6. Eurostat (2017) Baseline projections: demographic balances and indicators [retrieved on 31/July/2018]