Heart Healthy Hoods. A multifaceted approach to cardiovascular diseases in European Cities
Cardiovascular (CV) diseases are the first cause of death in the EU. Given the treatment costs and the high prevalence of risk factors (smoking, physical inactivity, diabetes and hypertension), they account for the largest social and economic burden amongst all diseases. ERC grantee Manuel Franco proposes to measure the food, physical activity, alcohol and tobacco environments of 90 neighbourhoods in Madrid, a city with similar historical and demographic profile as many other European cities, and to correlate the results with cardiovascular primary care health records. A pilot study has already measured the characteristics of the urban areas; the Heart Healthy Hoods project will be able to assess factors such as the location and accessibility of fast food restaurants or green spaces in relation to cardiovascular risk. By combining a rigorous epidemiological design with a social science perspective, the research team hopes to offer a complete portrait of the CV health of a sample of around 2.2 million inhabitants and to also compare it with the situation in the US.
More info about the ERC funded project
- Latest version of HHH presentation: Drexel School of Public Health, April 2014.
- World Heart Day 2013
- Presentación de la jornada informativa sobre el Consejo Europeo de Investigación, la financiación de las Starting Grant, y la experiencia de éxito de Manuel Franco
Heart Healthy Hoods press links
- El Mundo – ¿Cuida su barrio de su corazón?
- Materia – Tu barrio puede perjudicar seriamente la salud
- Diario de Alcalá – ¿Cómo afecta vivir en grandes ciudades al corazón?
- Diario Digital de la Universidad de Alcalá
- – Subvención europea para la ciencia
- Cadena SER