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Research and innovation

Cardiovascular diseases

EU research on cardiovascular diseases

Diseases of the heart and circulatory system (cardiovascular diseases) encompass a number of specific illnesses such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, stroke, arterial and pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, etc.

Despite important medical advances over the last few decades, cardiovascular diseases remain a leading cause of death globally and the number one cause of death in the EU.

Each year, there are more than 6 million of new cases and over 1.8 million cardiovascular disease related deaths in the EU.  All these costs the EU economy over €210 billion a year (see the European Heart Network statistics).

EU funding has focused on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. 

The objectives of EU-funded research on cardiovascular diseases are to

  • provide evidence-based solutions for clinical challenges and develop preventive approaches
  • address common risk factors and identify vulnerable populations
  • improve diagnosis, early detection and stratified therapies
  • provide proof-of-concept for the establishment of integrated care approaches

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Funding for health under the research and innovation framework programme, Horizon Europe.

Projects and results

EU-funded projects (CORDIS)

Projects in the field of cardiovascular diseases research on the Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.

Horizon Results Platform

Platform where framework programme funding recipients present their results to search, contact their owners and form partnerships.

Collaboration and jobs

Find project partners

Look for project partners and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tender opportunities portal.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Horizon dashboard

Interactive reporting platform, composed of a set of sheets that allows series of views to discover and filter Horizon Europe data.

EU Open Data Portal

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.


You can access all scientific publications from EU funding via OpenAIRE.