European scientists have called for urgent action to increase research on cardiovascular disease and are asking healthcare professionals to rank the areas where they feel research is most urgently needed.
The call-to-action comes from the European Union-funded ERA-CVD, a coalition of 24 partners including the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
“In spite of cardiovascular disease (CVD) remaining the main cause of death globally, research - and new medicines available to patients - have declined over the last 10 years. Innovative methods and more clinical trials in cardiology are required to ensure that we can address the vast unmet needs we see today,” said Professor Tomasz Guzik, Chair of the ESC Research and Grants Committee. “We need to detect CVD earlier and avoid acute events that lead to irreversible damage and chronic illness. A strategic research agenda for CVD at the European level will help ensure that research efforts and investment are directed at the most pressing questions.”
Fifteen areas have been proposed for CVD research in three categories: prevention strategies, treatment and management and living with chronic cardiovascular diseases. The ERA-CVD has set up an online survey for healthcare providers, research scientists and the public to rank the 15 topics.