Part III: Signatories agree to

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Implement the policies and measures agreed upon in high-level European political documents

  • Council Conclusions on Heart Health (June 2004) [5]
  • Luxembourg Declaration (June 2005) on implementing cardiovascular health promotion [6]
  • WHO resolution on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the WHO European Region [10]

Implementation will take place at European, national and regional levels.

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Advocate for and support the development and implementation of comprehensive health strategies as well as measures and policies on European, national, regional and local level that promote cardiovascular health and prevent cardiovascular disease.

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Build and strengthen dedicated heart health alliances in order to achieve the strongest possible political support for policy developments and co-ordination of actions to reduce the burden from cardiovascular disease.

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Engage in education and empowerment of the public and patients by involving mass media and developing social marketing for raising awareness as appropriate and by securing community mobilisation and broad based coalition-building.

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Develop health promotion capacity through undergraduate and postgraduate training and education in order to meet the aim of this Charter.

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Support the establishment of national strategies for detection and management of those at high risk and prevention and care of those with established cardiovascular disease.

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Promote the adoption of the most recent European Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention produced by the Joint European Task Force. This promotion includes translation of the Guidelines into local language(s) and adaptation to national specifications, comprising domestic mortality and morbidity statistics, local practices and adjustment to local health care customs, and to support their dissemination among all medical professions and other allied partners involved in health preservation.

In collaboration with health authorities, ascertain that preventive work gets highly prioritised within the health care sector, is provided with well educated, sufficient manpower and is reasonably reimbursed within the framework of domestic insurance policies.

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Prioritise research on the effectiveness of policy and preventive interventions including aspects on health care expenditures.

Initiate research focused on epidemiology and behavioural factors including the impact of various programmes devoted to improved and preserved population health, including those directed towards the young and towards the understanding of the mechanisms of ageing in the cardiovascular system and the cardiovascular vulnerability of women.

Address fragmentation of research in the field of cardiovascular diseases in Europe by promoting and funding further cooperation, expansion and coordination of research projects.

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Assess the current status of cardiovascular health (including risk factor prevalence) to measure progress made at the population and individual levels to achieve targets set in Article 2.

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Review regularly the extent to which national plans and policies are adopted and implemented.

Organise in partnership with the European Commission and the World Health Organization meetings on the European Heart Health Charter which will be a platform for exchange of ideas and experiences and which will put forward the improvements done or to be done.



Council of the European Union – 9507/04 – 2586th Council Meeting – 1 and 2 June 2004


Luxembourg Declaration – 29 June 2005


Regional Committee resolution EUR/RC56/R2 on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the WHO European Region


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