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    Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure
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Latest News

  • New Joint European Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines launched today

    May 24, 2016

    The highly anticipated document gives the latest advice on prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in individuals and populations. It is published in European Heart Journal,1 the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and other specialty journals, and presented in a dedicated session at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure in Florence, Italy.2

  • One in four patients develop heart failure within four years of first heart attack

    May 24, 2016

    “Heart failure is a major medical problem with a high chance of hospitalisation and death,” said Dr Gho. “Patients with ischaemic heart disease are at the highest risk. This includes those who have had a myocardial infarction, also called heart attack.”

  • Flu jab associated with fewer hospitalisations in patients with heart failure

    May 23, 2016

    The study in about 60 000 patients ends the controversy over influenza vaccination in heart failure patients and provides more robust evidence for current recommendations.

  • Flu vaccination associated with lower dementia risk in patients with heart failure

    May 23, 2016

    “Previous studies have shown that there is link between impairment in cognitive function and heart failure,” said Dr Liu. “Some reports have also suggested that inflammation after getting the flu might contribute to dementia. However, there are no solid data to demonstrate that influenza vaccination could decrease the relative risk of dementia in patients with heart failure.”

  • End of the road for aliskiren in heart failure

    May 23, 2016

    “This was a subgroup analysis with the inherent limitations of this type of study. It failed to show superiority or non-inferiority of aliskiren over the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor enalapril in heart failure patients with diabetes,” said principal investigator Professor Lars Kober, a consultant cardiologist at Rigshospitalet – Copenhagen University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Exercise associated with longer life in patients with heart failure

    May 23, 2016

    “Patients with heart failure should not be scared of exercise damaging them or killing them,” said principal investigator Professor Rod Taylor, chair of health services research and director of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Exeter Medical School in Exeter, UK. “The message for heart failure patients is clear. Exercise is good for you, it will make you feel better, and it could potentially make you live longer.”

  • One-third of heart failure patients do not return to work

    May 22, 2016

    “Employment is crucial for self esteem and quality of life, as well as being of financial importance, in patients with all kinds of chronic illness,” said Dr Roerth.

  • ESC Guidelines on acute and chronic heart failure launched today

    May 21, 2016

    Around 1–2% of adults in developed countries have heart failure. At 55 years of age, the lifetime risk is 33% for men and 28% for women. During one year, 17% of hospitalised and 7% of stable/ambulatory heart failure patients will die, primarily from sudden death and worsening heart failure.

  • EuroPCR 2016: Polymer-free coronary stent more effective and safer than bare metal stent in ACS patients

    May 17, 2016

    Patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) who are at high risk for bleeding have significantly lower rates of target lesion revascularisation and fewer adverse events after undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with a polymer-free biolimus-A (BA9) drug-coated stent than with those receiving a bare metal stent in results from a sub-study of the LEADERS FREE trial reported for the first time in a late-breaker session at EuroPCR 2016.

  • EuroPCR 2016: Optimal imaging matches intravascular ultrasound for guiding PCI

    May 17, 2016

    Using optimal frequency domain imaging (OFDI) to guide percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with second-generation drug eluting stents (DES) achieves equivalent clinical and angiographic outcomes to intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided PCI at 12 months, show results from the OPINION study reported in a late-breaker session at EuroPCR 2016.

  • European society of cardiology (ESC)


    A unique and diverse organisation of over 90 000 members, representing cardiology professionals in Europe and worldwide.

    The ESC includes 6 Associations, 15 Working Groups and 5 Councils and Fellows of the ESC, providing quality scientific resources, top-class congresses, respected guidelines, journals and other important educational tools covering all areas of cardiology. Read more

    The ESC also supports the development of strong policies for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the European Union, through its European Heart Agency in Brussels. Read more

ACCA - Acute Cardiac Care Association
EACPR - European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation
EACVI - European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
EAPCI - European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervention
EHRA - European Heart Rhythm Association
HFA - Heart Failure Association of the ESC


Find out more about the ESC Congress and other sub-specialty cardiology meetings

We organise leading scientific courses and congresses: The ESC Congress, the largest medical meeting in Europe, aims to be the European forum for the latest research in cardiovascular disease, both clinical and experimental. Other Congresses organised by the ESC include EuroEcho-Imaging, EHRA Europace, Heart Failure, EuroPRevent, ICNC and many others...













European Heart Journal

Direct access to the journal Table of Contents. The European Heart Journal is the official general cardiology journal of the ESC. The European Heart Journal aims to publish the highest quality material, both clinical and scientific, on all aspects of cardiovascular medicine.
Date published Title
21 May 2016 Atrial fibrillation: novel risk factors, mechanisms and ablation techniques
Topic(s)(s):ISSUE @ A GLANCE
Author(s)(s): Luscher, T. F.
21 May 2016 CardioPulse Articles * Pioneers in Cardiology * Michel Haissaguerre MD * The rise of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions * European Society of Cardiology launches registry on infective endocarditis * Do as I say, and as I do * Leadership and management in cardiovascular medicine
21 May 2016 The role of obesity in atrial fibrillation
Topic(s)(s):Clinical update
Author(s)(s): Nalliah, C. J., Sanders, P., Kottkamp, H., Kalman, J. M.
21 May 2016 Novel mechanisms in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation: practical applications
Topic(s)(s):Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine
Author(s)(s): Lau, D. H., Schotten, U., Mahajan, R., Antic, N. A., Hatem, S. N., Pathak, R. K., Hendriks, J. M. L., Kalman, J. M., Sanders, P.
21 May 2016 The ABC (age, biomarkers, clinical history) stroke risk score: a biomarker-based risk score for predicting stroke in atrial fibrillation
Topic(s)(s):Atrial fibrillation
Author(s)(s): Hijazi, Z., Lindback, J., Alexander, J. H., Hanna, M., Held, C., Hylek, E. M., Lopes, R. D., Oldgren, J., Siegbahn, A., Stewart, R. A. H., White, H. D., Granger, C. B., Wallentin, L., the ARISTOTLE and STABILITY Investigators
21 May 2016 The impact of atrial fibrillation type on the risk of thromboembolism, mortality, and bleeding: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Author(s)(s): Ganesan, A. N., Chew, D. P., Hartshorne, T., Selvanayagam, J. B., Aylward, P. E., Sanders, P., McGavigan, A. D.
21 May 2016 Left atrial appendage to great cardiac vein fistula complicating watchman left atrial appendage closure
Author(s)(s): Vemulapalli, S., Hurwitz Koweek, L. M., Kiefer, T. L., Jackson, K. P., Piccini, J. P.
21 May 2016 If it were only that simple
Author(s)(s): Reiffel, J. A.
21 May 2016 Lean body mass and risk of incident atrial fibrillation in post-menopausal women
Topic(s)(s):Atrial fibrillation
Author(s)(s): Azarbal, F., Stefanick, M. L., Assimes, T. L., Manson, J. E., Bea, J. W., Li, W., Hlatky, M. A., Larson, J. C., LeBlanc, E. S., Albert, C. M., Nassir, R., Martin, L. W., Perez, M. V.
21 May 2016 The modified stepwise ablation guided by low-dose ibutilide in chronic atrial fibrillation trial (The MAGIC-AF Study)
Topic(s)(s):Atrial fibrillation
Author(s)(s): Singh, S. M., d'Avila, A., Kim, Y.-H., Aryana, A., Mangrum, J. M., Michaud, G. F., Dukkipati, S. R., Barrett, C. D., Heist, E. K., Parides, M. K., Thorpe, K. E., Reddy, V. Y.
21 May 2016 Does targeting ibutilide-resistant CFAE improve outcomes for catheter ablation of persistent AF?
Author(s)(s): Shah, D.
21 May 2016 The novel application of intraprocedural cardiac computed tomography for left atrial appendage occlusion
Author(s)(s): Kim, J.-S., Park, J.-W., Pak, H.-N., Jang, Y.
21 May 2016 Long haul endocarditis and a case of excess baggage
Author(s)(s): Scully, P., Blauth, C., Klein, J. L., Rajani, R.


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Our Communities

The European Society of Cardiology comprises 6 Associations, 15 Working Groups, 5 Councils

Acute Cardiovascular Care Association
Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA)

Our mission: To improve the quality of care and outcomes of patients with acute cardiovascular diseases. 

European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation
European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation (EACPR)

 Our mission: To promote excellence in research, practice, education and policy in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation in Europe.

European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging

Our mission: To promote excellence in clinical diagnosis, research, technical development, and education in cardiovascular imaging in Europe.

European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions
European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions

Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe through percutaneous cardiovascular interventions. 

European Heart Rhythm Association
European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)
 Our mission: To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death.
Heart Failure Association of the ESC
Heart Failure Association of the ESC

Our mission: To improve quality of life and longevity, through better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, including the establishment of networks for its management, education and research.


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