Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a leading cause of mortality in the European Union causing over 1.8 million deaths per year (EHN Cardiovascular Disease Statistics) as well as a great loss in potential life years.
YOUNG50 project will transfer the Italian best practice CARDIO 50 project in Lithuania, Romania, Luxembourg among 50 years olds.
The objectives of CARDIO 50 were to estimate cardiovascular risk among the 50 years old population, identify persons with inadequate life styles, new cases of hypertension, hyperglycemia and hyper cholesterolemia, activate an integrated model of assistance to help modify or reduce risk factors among healthy subjects, promote interventions to change unhealthy lifestyles and increase knowledge and perceptions of CVD risks among the general population.
The implementation of YOUNG 50 will be divided into 3 phases. Phase1 will assess the feasibility of the implementation in each MSs though a situation analysis and adaptation of the existing materials and IT tools to the local context with support from Spain. In Phase2 the YOUNG50 programme will be piloted in selected regions or cities, with the involvement of health professionals and prevention programs. Phase3 will evaluate the impact of the action and explore its institutionalization.
With early detection, treatment of risk factors and follow up it is envisaged to have results regarding people who receive counseling and improve their lifestyles or medical parameters. Participating countries can beneficiate from the dissemination of the program, since the needs assessment in these countries indicated a need for such a project. Countries can take advantage of transfer and scaling-up of innovative prevention models, including the use of information and communication technology.
Outcomes expected are synergy among prevention programs, inclusion of CVD prevention in Regional or National Health Plan, development of recommendations and Policy Guidelines.