European Society of Cardiology
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Guidelines & Surveys
Welcome to the European Society of Cardiology. Our mission: to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe


Following the creation of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC, HFA activities are developed bottom-up, through the formation of Committees.


  • Patient Care 
    The committee on Patient Care aims to improve the organisation and content of multidisciplinary clinical care throughout the patient’s journey, focussing on patient well-being, reducing morbidity and prolonging survival.
  • Acute and Advanced Heart Failure
    The HFA Committee on Acute and Advanced Heart Failure promotes, coordinates and oversees study and research on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of Acute and Advanced Heart Failure in order to improve patients' outcomes.
  • Heart Failure Surveys & Registries
    To promote surveys/registries on heart failure in ESC countries, in order to improve the knowledge of the management of this disease across Europe
  • Online Education
    The goal is to improve the implementation of the latest heart failure guidelines regarding diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. The format will be interactive e-learning courses that will be hosted on the HFA website and freely accessible for all HFA members as well as accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME).
  • National Heart Failure Societies
    To create a European network of national heart failure societies or working groups, in order to improve the management of patients with heart failure.
  • Translational Research
    To promote the development, application and translation of basic science knowledge to clinically relevant questions and targets in the field of heart failure.
  • Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
    The committee on Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction promotes, coordinates and oversees study and research on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction.
  • Exercise Physiology and Training in Heart Failure
    To develop, promote and coordinate common initiatives on physical conditioning as a key component of the comprehensive management of heart failure

  • The HFA recently created two new Committees: Cardio-Oncology and Regulatory Affairs. Details will be available soon

Study Group

  • Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
    We aim to establish a platform where current knowledge on peripartum cardiomyopathy, based on experimental and clinical studies, is summarised and regularly up-dated.

More details on the new Study Group 'Heart and Brain Interaction in Patients with Heart Failure' will be available soon.