José Ramón González Juanatey, president of the Spanish Society of Cardiology, has called on the EU to regulate the salt and fat content of foods, “as they clearly promote obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases”. “The EU and also national governments must have the responsibility to regulate”, Juanatey said.
Speaking on Tuesday at the European Congress of cardiovascular diseases in Barcelona, the Spanish health expert also highlighted the need for EU educational plans to control the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases in eastern Europe, particularly among children. “Prevention works very well in reducing the presence of cardiovascular diseases,” Juanatey said.
Approximately four million people in Europe and 1.5 million people in the EU die of cardiovascular disease each year, according to the European Heart Network (EHN) and the European Society for Cardiology (ESC). The main forms of heart disease are coronary heart disease, and stroke.