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... Voir l'article

New Roadmap on Ageing Well, what progress for health?

 On the occasion of the restitution of the work of the Conseil national de la Refondation on Ageing Well, the... Voir l'article

The French pension reform: a new vision for an ageing society?

The French government has presented on February 27, 2023, the principles of its pension reform. One of the main ambitions is to raise the legal retirement age to 64, meaning 43 years of contribution will now be required to receive a full pension. It will also consider long careers and the drudgery of work.

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.

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

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.

French members of Parliament raise the alert on the issue of cardiovascular diseases in the context of covid-19

In July 2020, a proposal for a bill was introduced by MP Agnès Firmin Le Bodo (Agir, Seine-Maritime) in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic...

French Senator mentions structural heart disease during public session

Senator Catherine Deroche mentioned structural heart diseases during a public session held on the law proposal on the citizen rescuer...

Roundtable on the good management of structural heart diseases as the key to ageing well takes place in France

On October 1st, 2019, an event dedicated to structural heart disease and active ageing took place in the National Assembly...

French MP submits parliamentary question regarding the management of people suffering from structural heart disease

In July 2019, French MP Bernard Perrut (Les Républicains, Rhône) interrogated the Minister of Solidarity and Health about the care of people suffering from structural heart disease...

French MP submits parliamentary question regarding the management of people suffering from structural heart disease

Estimated number of people with SHD in France

Percentages of population in France3

Key facts related to SHD in France

In 2015 France spent 13,5 billion € on cardiovascular diseases (CVD)4.

In 2015 CVD represented 6,93 % of the total health public budget. 5

1.076 million € were dedicated to valvular diseases in 2015.6

Key messages

  • In 2017, there were 17 million people aged 60 and older. French seniors, who live longer and participate actively in the life of their community, represent 52% of the French consumption.7,8
  • The well-being and societal investment of elderly people depend largely on their health and this group are particularly prone to certain diseases, such as Structural Heart Diseases.
  • Technological solutions can help people with structural heart diseases to be treated more quickly, and thus to resume their daily activities.


  1. National Statistics and Economic Studies Institute (2018), Demographic projection 2018-2070, [retrieved 25/07/2018]
  2. 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]
  3. National Statistics and Economic Studies Institute (2018), Population by age and sex for 2018, [retrieved on 25/07/2018] 
  4. Ameli (2017), Frequent and grave pathologies health expenditures, [retrieved 25/07/2018]
  5. Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics Directorate (DREES) (2016), 2015 Healthcare Expenditures, [retrieved 25/07/2018]
  6. Ameli (2015), Healthcare statistics on valvular diseases, [retrieved 25/07/2018]
  7. Ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé, Personnes âgées : les chires clés, dernière mise à jour le 2 mars 2018, disponible ici :
  8. Rapport « Bien-être et santé mentale : des atouts indispensables pour bien vieillir », Secrétariat d’État chargé de la Santé, Olivier de Ladoucette, 2011, disponible ici