United for Heart Health – MEPs join forces to publicise World Heart Day

Glenis Willmott is today (Saturday 29 September) joining forces with other MEPs across Europe to publicise World Heart Day.

MEPs involvement in World Heart Day aims to increase awareness amongst European citizens and policymakers about diseases of the heart and circulatory system and the fact that, despite improvements, they still remain the main cause of death in the EU, claiming 5,000 lives each day.

Glenis will tell delegates in Manchester at Labour’s Women’s Conference that recent indications show that major risk factors, such as tobacco, alcohol, poor diet, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes – as well as the ageing of the population – will actually lead to an increase in the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the next 20 years.

“Everyone needs to be aware of these dangers, while politicians and policymakers must do more to adopt legislation leading to healthier hearts.”  Glenis said.

“Efforts to tackle cardiovascular disease across the EU are producing positive results but the fact that it remains the top cause of death means that more needs to be done.   And as MEPs we have an opportunity to make a difference by producing effective legislation, for example in the forthcoming revision of the tobacco products directive.”

The MEP World Heart Day awareness raising campaign, promoted by the MEP Heart Group, comes as a major new report is published on the state of cardiovascular disease EU.  The 2012 Cardiovascular Disease Statistics contains the most up to date statistics on CVD in Europe and is being launched today.

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