There are promising options to fight the unacceptably high burden of cardiovascular disease. However, to untap their potential more EU funding is needed. With the start of two new EU programmes, Horizon Europe and EU4Health, the time to act is now. The combined support of these two programmes can act as an important catalyst to leverage the opportunities that research and innovation can offer to improve citizens’ cardiovascular health and address the burden of cardiovascular disease.

The MEP Heart Group calls on the European Commission and the Programme Committees of Horizon Europe and EU4Health to prioritise areas of unmet needs in cardiovascular disease in the next work programmes.

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