• in close co-operation with the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB-URBSFA) and with the support of the government of the Brussels capital region (Brussels hoofdstedelijk gewest) place automatic external defibrillators (AED) , in the facilities of all KBVB-affiliated football clubs in Brussels,
• facilitate appropriate resuscitation trainings for club staff,
• organise a public awareness campaign around this initiative.
• at extending the installation of AED to other regions, infrastructures for other sports and to critical public locations like schools, public buildings etc.
• at collaborating with the province de Liège and the université de Liège on their mobile cardiovascular screening programme
• at developing cardiovascular prevention courses for healthcare providers (general practitioners, nurses, …) and the general public
• at developing and supporting public awareness campaigns on cardiovascular prevention and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, primarily addressing youngsters.
• to expand these programmes throughout Europe
• to provide data and fund research on SCD and related topics.
CVD is strongly connected to lifestyle, especially the use of tobacco, unhealthy diet habits, physical inactivity, and psychosocial stress.
The majority of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by a change in lifestyle together with an early identification of high-risk individuals and proper diagnosis.
The bases of prevention are rooted in cardiovascular epidemiology and evidence-based medicine, but the gap between state-of-the-art knowledge and its implementation in clinical practice remains wide.
This is possibly not surprising: OECD 2005 Indicators state that “only around 3% of current health expenditure is spent on prevention and public health programmes”.
Premature deaths can be avoided in two ways: either by preventing disease, or by optimisation of healthcare (vaccinations, early detection/screening and appropriate treatment).
Although individuals targeted in this high-risk strategy are more likely to benefit from the preventive interventions, the impact on the population level is limited, because people at such high risk are few.
CVD prevention in the young, the very old, or those with just a moderate or mild risk is still limited, but can result in substantial benefit. The population strategy aims at reducing the CVD incidence at the population level through lifestyle and environmental changes targeted at the population at large. This strategy is primarily achieved by establishing ad-hoc policies and community interventions.
Examples include measures to ban smoking and reduce the salt content of food. The impact of such an approach on the total number of cardiovascular events in the population may be large, because all subjects are targeted and a majority of events occur in the substantial group of people at only modest risk.
implementation of the population approach may bring numerous benefits and savings:
Narrowing the gap in health inequalities.
Cost savings from the number of CVD events avoided.
Preventing other conditions such as cancer, pulmonary diseases, and type 2 diabetes.
Cost savings associated with CVD such as medications, primary care visits, and outpatient attendances.
Cost savings to the wider economy as a result of reduced production loss due of illness in those of working age, reduced benefit payments, and reduced pension costs from people retiring early from ill health.
Improving the quality and length of people’s lives.
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