EAPC Core Curriculum for Preventive Cardiology

Matthias Wilhelm, Ana Abreu, Paolo Emilio Adami, Marco Ambrosetti, Maria Antonopoulou, Flavio D’Ascenzi, Alessandro Biffi, Elena Cavarretta, Irene Gibson, Diederick E. Grobbee, Marie-Christine Iliou, Konstantinos Koskinas, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Uwe Nixdorff, Michael Papadakis, Massimo F. Piepoli, Vassilios Vassiliou, David Wood, Paul Dendale, Martin Halle

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Preventive cardiology encompasses the whole spectrum of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention, at individual and population level, through all stages of life. This includes promotion of cardiovascular (CV) health, management of individuals at risk of developing CVD, and management of patients with established CVD, through interdisciplinary care in different settings. Preventive cardiology addresses all aspects of CV health in the context of the social determinants of health, including physical activity, exercise, sports, nutrition, weight management, smoking cessation, psychosocial factors and behavioural change, environmental, genetic and biological risk factors, and CV protective medications.

This is the first European Core Curriculum for Preventive Cardiology, which will help to standardize, structure, deliver, and evaluate training in preventive cardiology across Europe. It will be the basis for dedicated fellowship programmes and a European Society of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) subspecialty certification for cardiologists, with the intention to improve quality and outcome in CVD prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251–274
Number of pages24
JournalEuropean Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Issue number1
Early online date1 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Cardiovascular rehabilitation
  • Exercise testing
  • Population science
  • Prevention of CVD
  • Sports cardiology

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