The International Primary Care Cardiovascular Society foundation is established to provide support to societies, such as EPCCS, to help them achieve their important missions. The IPCCS is committed to close the gap between available scientific knowledge and implementation and translation of novel developments in cardiovascular medicine around the world. The IPCCS has a collaborative relation with WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors). The IPCCS is exploring opportunities to expand its activities beyond Europe in regions like Asia, Middle East and South America.
The European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (EPCCS), founded in 2000, aims to provide a focus of support, education, research, and policy on issues relating to cardiovascular disease within primary care settings. The focus of the EPCCS is directed on the interests of those working within primary care and aims to utilise the considerable evidence base that currently exists and to contribute to extending the evidence base where appropriate.
The EPCCS aims to provide health care professional working within primary care to:
- Understand and utilise the considerable evidence base for CVD prevention and management that currently exists
- Contribute to extending the evidence base where appropriate
- One principal emphasis for the Society is upon the education of practitioners.
EPCCS: Connecting Primary Care and Specialist societies
The EPCCS is a key society within the spectrum of cardiovascular disease connecting different important stakeholders, like specialist societies like:
- WONCA: EPCCS is a Special Interest Group of WONCA Europe
- ESC: EPCCS is a sister organization of ESC (European Society of Cardiology), with EPCCS board members representing primary care in many of the ESC specialist guidelines
- IPCCS: TThe IPCCS
The EPCCS adopted in 2017 a new structure
Prof. Richard Hobbs
Chairman of EPCCS Scientific Organising Committee, Professor and Head of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford
- Prof. Arno Hoes, The Netherlands
- Prof. Christos Lionis, Greece
- Prof. Martin Scherer, Germany
- Dr. Carlos Brotons, Spain
- Dr. Didier Duhot, France
- Dr. Monika Hollander, The Netherlands
Cardiovascular disease represents the single most important disease presenting to primary care physicians in Europe, based upon its position as the number one cause of death (through myocardial infarction and stroke), the commonest cause of premature death (before the age of 65) and the major cause of disability. Furthermore, cardiovascular disease is a consequent high cost to health care systems throughout Europe, with two of the commonest manifestations of cardiovascular disease, namely stroke and heart failure, occupying the top two most costly conditions to treat.
*EPCCS & CV Disease*
The focus of the EPCCS is directed on the interests of those working within primary care and aims to utilise the considerable evidence base that currently exists and contributes to extending the scientific evidence where appropriate. The initial emphasis for the Society is upon the education of health care providers. Amongst the current activities of the EPCCS are symposia, organised around major primary care meetings, such as WONCA and an annual stand alone clinical conference. Furthermore, close links are under review with the European Society for Cardiology (ESC) to bring the EPCCS closer to specialist colleagues.
*Cardiovascular Disease in Europe*
Cardiovascular diseases have major impact on mortality as well as on the cost and quality of life in all European countries and are largely preventable. A large proportion of CVD could be prevented by lifestyle modifications alone. A balanced mix of community and medical approaches holds the most promise for preventing CVD. Primary prevention will require an expansion of risk factor assessments and global risk scoring, prioritising cost effective interventions in moderate and high risk people.
Primary care plays an important role in the detection, treatment, and monitoring of patients with raised risk of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, many European countries have large-scale programmes to improve prevention and risk management of cardiovascular diseases in primary care, such as educational outreach visits in The Netherlands, disease management in Germany, and indicator-based incentive contracts in the United Kingdom. Other countries, such as France and Belgium, have local and regional quality improvement projects.
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