The experts from the Polish Cardiac Society and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) announced the development of new charts for assessing the risk of cardiovascular mortality among the Polish population (Pol-SCORE) on September 11th of this year, during a press conference at the Polish Press Agency (Polska Agencja Prasowa) headquarters in Warszawa. The main authors, prof. Tomasz Zdrojewski M.D. Ph.D., Kamil Chwojnicki Ph.D., Piotr Bandosz M.D. Ph.D. and Marcin Rutkowski M.D. Ph.D., based the charts on the results of the NATPOL 2011 project and cooperated with experts from the ESC (Tony Fitzgerald Sc.D., prof. Dirk de Bacquer), the Jagiellonian University and the National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene (NIZP-PZH). Pol-SCORE is a basic risk assessment tool for family doctors. It is also aimed at all adults in Poland, who can easily use these charts by themselves. The Pol-SCORE charts are available at the websites of the Polish Society of Cardiology and the ESC. Furthermore, they will be published in the Polish Heart Journal (Kardiologia Polska) as well as in the new textbooks of the Polish Prevention Forum (Polskie Forum Profilaktyki. Funding for the development of the Pol-SCORE charts was provided by the ESC.
The next step will be quality assessment and joint analyses of the cardiovascular risk in Central and Eastern European countries. With those goals in mind, the MUG expert team initiated the formation of the ESC/EACPR Working Group during the recent ESC Congress in London. Furthermore, thanks to a PSC (PTK) grant, on September 10-11th they organized a research seminar in which Polish, Romanian and Czech collaborated together with leading ESC researchers from Belgium, Ireland and the United States (Boston University and Duke University).