Heart for Life 2019

Did you know that…?

The impact of cardiovascular diseases on health is often underestimated? This group of diseases is de main cause of death on in the western world? There are many ways to recude the risk on cardiovascular diseases?

Our mission

Heart For Life is an annual awareness campaign, with the goal to make people counscious about the danger of cardiovascular diseases. UGent students medicine are comitted to forsee passers-by of more information about the development of cardiovascular events and risk factors. They are the whole day available to measure blood pressure en to estimate their cardiovascular risk, based on sports, blood pressure, smoking and eating habits. The students can give advise about moving, healthy food en they share leaflets from the belgian Cardiologic Liga. Each visitor can come with questions to get to know hou they can become a more healthy version of themselves.

The students followed an introduction class, given by Pof. dr. cardiologist E. Rietzchel of the UZ Gent, about the ethiology of cardiovascular diseases en how prevention can be explained, especially to visitors. Younger students get to know how to measure blood pressure. On this way, quality is guaranteed for passers-by and students. foreknowledge is not required for students, it's the ideal opportunity to practice the skills of a future doctor.

Where and when is Heart For Life?

First, it was a supporting project for Music For Life of Studio Brussels. In the mean time, it has grown into a anual event that also takes place in other university-cities like Leuven, Brussels, Antwerp and Hasselt. The corona-proof edition of 2021 will take place 13th of march from 10h-18h under the cityhall (Poeljemarkt, 9000 Gent). We would certainly recommend everybody who wants to learn more about cardiovascular diseases and prevention!


Registration is possible with this link.

More info? / Contact info

Margo Vandenheede

Project coordinator Heart for life