Spanish health expert: EU governments should regulate more to prevent cardiovascular diseases

EU member states should do more to regulate the amount of salt and fat in food products to prevent cardiovascular disease, says José Ramón González Juanatey. 

José Ramón González Juanatey is president of the Spanish Society of Cardiology. He spoke to EurActiv Spain's Fernando Heller at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. 

New research looking at the costs of cardiovascular disease in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and the UK has found that the cost of cardiovascular disease will rise to €122.6 billion by 2020, up from €102.1 billion in 2014. What can be done about this?

It is perfectly possible to prevent cardiovascular disease. The percentage of prevention is similar to infectious diseases. We can curb this trend in two ways: with education during early childhood and with more action from governments. Governments in the EU should regulate more, for example, on the amount of salt or fat permitted in some types of food. Governments should put in place effective prevention policies.

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