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World Heart Federation publishes CVD prevention pathway for type 2 diabetes

By Editor
4th September 2019
Cardiovascular disease, Good practice Guidelines Type 2 diabetes

A ‘Global Roadmap’ on the prevention of cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes has been released by the World Heart Federation. 

The organisation created the resource, which is aimed at “reducing the global burden of CVD in people living with [type 2] diabetes”, in partnership with the World Congress of Cardiology and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

The Roadmap on the prevention of cardiovascular disease among people living with diabetes was launched at ESC Congress 2019 this week.

It is described as a “key reference document for anyone involved in the planning, organisation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of approaches related to CVD prevention in people living with diabetes”.

The roadmap outlines a vision of an ideal pathway of care, potential roadblocks along this pathway, and proposed solutions, with examples from practice.

Professor Karen Sliwa, President of the World Heart Federation (WHF), said “Diabetes and its related CVD complications are a huge global issue. All over the world, due to limited resources, countries are struggling to provide the necessary preventive or medical care, with a disproportionate burden falling onlow-and middle-income countries. Given the worldwide impact of the epidemic of CVD and diabetes, we decided to take action to address it globally through this new roadmap on the prevention of CVD among people living with diabetes.”

The roadmap draws on the expertise of diabetes expert clinicians, researchers, implementation science experts and patients from around the world, and presents an integrated approach to patient care, involving the patient perspective, healthcare system perspective and health policy perspective.

Laurence Sperling, Chair of the CVD and Diabetes Roadmap Writing Group, explained: “We have identified important  gaps in the care of people living with diabetes who are a high cardiovascular risk, and focused on priorities and key action areas to close these gaps. We also provide an ‘implementation toolkit’ for successful translation of the Roadmap to national and local initiatives, aiming to ensure that as many people living with diabetes as possible receive optimal preventive care and treatment.”

“In order to be implemented successfully, the CVD and Diabetes Roadmap requires committed global action. Today, the Roadmap will be launched at the largest cardiovascular congress in the world, which represents the perfect forum to raise awareness of this impactful global epidemic.  Our goal is to  demonstrate how utilization of this roadmap can help a broad base of stakeholders begin to tackle the problem and make a longstanding difference.”

To access the resource, click here.

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