In recognition of the increasing health burden of cardiovascular disease, the Dutch CardioVascular Alliance (DCVA) was founded with the ambition to lower the cardiovascular disease burden by 25% in 2030. To achieve this, the DCVA is a platform for all stakeholders in the cardiovascular field to align policies, agendas and research. An important goal of the DCVA is to guide and encourage young researchers at an early stage of their careers in order to help them overcome challenges and reach their full potential. Young@Heart is part of the DCVA that supports the young cardiovascular research community. This article illustrates the challenges and opportunities encountered by young cardiovascular researchers in the Netherlands and highlights Young@Heart’s vision to benefit from these opportunities and optimise collaborations to contribute to lowering the cardiovascular disease burden together as soon as possible.

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Netherlands Heart Journal
Department of Cardiology

Hoes, M.F, te Riele, A.S, Gladka, M.M. (M. M.), Westenbrink, B.D. (B. D.), van Hout, G.P.J, van den Hoogenhof, M.M.G, … Kuster, D.W.D. (2020). Young@Heart: empowering the next generation of cardiovascular researchers. Netherlands Heart Journal, 28, 25–30. doi:10.1007/s12471-020-01454-6