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Topics & Villages

ESC Congress highlights 163 specific topics organised under 9 main topics. For your convenience, most scientific sessions, except satellite symposia, are arranged by topics in themed Villages. No need to walk through the entire congress venue to attend your next favourite scientific session or to meet your peers: the congress layout has been ideally organised in themed Villages to suit your needs and interests.



Rome Auditorium: will cover exclusively the Hot Lines and 2016 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines sessions

The “Hub” is the place to visit for live scientific exchange. This is where the Rapid Fire abstract and clinical case sessions, the special tracks such as the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow Track, the Day with the Legends, the Meet the Trialists, Guidelines Implementation tracks as well as many other interactive sessions will take place.

The Poster Area, divided in the 9 main topics, will feature a moderated poster station and best poster screens to highlight the research posters in each topic. In addition in the poster area, 2 Agoras, will host some Rapid Fire sessions.


VILLAGE 1: Basic Science

A word from the Topic Coordinator: Lina Badimon, FESC

Our programme covers the most up-to-date advances in our understanding of cardiovascular disease. For clinical cardiologists, the sessions will offer a concise overview of where we are and where are we going in cardiological sciences, while for basic scientists it will provide a forum for in-depth discussion on the most interesting areas of development.

- Congenital heart disease, epigenetics, heart failure and arrhythmia
- Platelets, the microcirculation, exosomes and mitochondria
- The present and future of cell therapy and repair
- Barriers to cardiac regenerative strategies in acute and chronic myocardial damage
- The potential added benefit of tissue engineering

Cardiovascular system (patho)physiology

Developmental biology
Cardiovascular anatomy and pathology
Integrative physiology and control mechanisms
Stem cells and cell therapy
Genetics and gene therapy

Cardiac cellular biology

Metabolism and metabolic syndromes
Ischaemia and protection
Hypertrophy, cell cycle and apoptosis
Growth factors, neurohormones and signal transduction-cardiac
Excitation-contraction coupling and contractile remodelling
Ion channels and electrophysiology                              
Cardiac biology and senescence

Vascular biology

Endothelial function and the microcirculation
Inflammation, growth factors and signal transduction-vascular
Vascular remodelling
Vascular biology, other
Platelets signaling and function

Village 2: InterventionS / Peripheral Circulation / Stroke / Surgery

A word from the Topic Coordinator: Marco Valgimigli, FESC

Our village will combine the latest research with case presentations and interactive discussions to give clear-cut, simple take-home messages for the practising clinician that they can use in their everyday patient care. We will also focus on the Heart Team, expanding discussions over interventions beyond interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to all related professionals, including general cardiologists, general practitioners and endocrinologists, among others.
- Blood thinning following transaortic valve implantation
- Bystander lesions in ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)
- Managing multiple, multi-state diseases
- Balance ischaemia management with bleeding risk
- Translating recommendations into individual care – the 2015 non-STEMI ESC clinical practice Guidelines


Coronary circulation

Physiology, haemodynamics and microcirculation
Invasive and functional coronary imaging
Non-invasive coronary imaging
Vulnerable plaque

Interventional cardiology

PCI: pre-clinical studies
PCI/stents: devices and technique
PCI: procedural complications
PCI: primary PCI, patient subsets, other
PCI: long term outcome
Non coronary cardiac interventions
Renal denervation

Peripheral circulation/stroke

Pathophisiology, epidemiology, diagnosis
Imaging for peripheral disease
Medical treatment
Percutaneous/endovascular treatment
Aortic disease
Carotid disease

Cardiovascular surgery

Coronary surgery
Mitral valve surgery
Aortic valve surgery
Minimally invasive and robotic surgery
Aorta, peripheral arterial and venous surgery
Circulatory assist and other

VILLAGE 3: Hypertension / Pharma

A word from the Topic Coordinator: Bryan Williams, FESC

Alongside a wide-ranging pharma programme, we focus on challenging aspects of hypertension clinical management. Leading international experts will provide a comprehensive, practical and state-of-the-art overview of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension for cardiologists managing this common and important condition in their daily practice.
- Hypertension diagnosis and the detection and management of white coat and masked hypertension
- Spotting important causes of secondary hypertension
- Blood pressure lowering targets in the light of new SPRINT study data
- Hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy as atrial fibrillation and heart failure risk factors, and their management
- Debating new and emerging device-based therapies for hypertension


Autonomic nervous system and humoral regulations
Haemodynamics, heart and hypertension
Treatment of hypertension
Ambulatory pressure monitoring
Hypertension: regional and ethnic profiles
Hypertension, diet, other

Pharmacology and pharmacotherapy

Drug therapy, pharmacogenomics
Guidelines and implementation in low resource settings

VILLAGE 4: Arrhythmias / Pacing / Resynchronisation

A word from the Topic Coordinator: Christophe Leclercq, FESC

Managing arrhythmias is one of the challenges of modern cardiology. Our village will feature complex interactive cases and the latest innovations in patient management, at both the atrial and ventricular level. Cardiologists will recognise their own patients, allowing them to evolve their management strategies. We will also highlight novelties in cardiac implantable devices, including the next generation of pacemakers, defibrillators and wearable ICDs.
- Challenges in ventricular arrhythmia – Channelopathies and cardiomyopathy
- Anticoagulation in special circumstances – Low stroke risk, high bleeding risk
- Challenges in ventricular tachycardia – Changing practices and when to ablate
- Cardiac implantable devices – The latest novelties
- Management strategies – Syncope and atrial fibrillation

Arrhythmias / Pacing / Resynchronisation

Mechanisms of arrhythmias
Genetic aspects of arrhythmias
Non invasive studies
Invasive electrophysiological studies
Atrial fibrillation (AF)
Supraventricular arrhythmias (excluding AF)
Ventricular arrhythmias
Sudden death/resuscitation
Antiarrhythmic drugs
Catheter ablation
Antibardycardia pacing
Automatic implantable cardioverter/defibrillator
Resynchronisation therapy
Device complications and lead extraction

VILLAGE 5: Ischaemia / Coronary Artery Disease / Acute Cardiac Care / Acute Coronary Syndromes

A word from the Topic Coordinator: Jean-Philippe Collet, FESC

Our village covers the spectrum of cardiovascular disease, from basic science to practical sessions on patient management and the application of therapies. A special focus will be on the risks associated with procedures, and checklists for intervention delivery. We will also feature a novel and fun Gladiators Arena session “Stable coronary artery disease: stress testing thrown to the lions”, with a focus on issues surrounding interventions and the latest developments.
- Management of cardiogenic shock
- Clinical situations mimicking acute coronary syndrome - How to handle them?
- Non-ST segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Guidelines in practice
- Bridging antithrombotic therapies
- Difficult cases in cardio-oncology

Thrombosis and platelets, microcirculation

Platelets and antiplatelets therapy
Thrombosis and coagulation
Inflammation and immunity
Microcirculation and collaterals

Ischaemia / ACS / infarction

Ischaemia, experimental studies
Angina pectoris stable
Angina pectoris unstable
Infarction acute phase STEMI
Infarction acute phase non STEMI
Post infarction period
Adjunctive medical therapy
Antithrombotic agents and thrombolysis
CAD and comorbidities

Acute cardiac care

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
Prehospital cardiac care
Acute cardiac care in the emergency department
Acute intensive cardiovascular care

VILLAGE 6: Cardiac Imaging / e-Technology

A word from the Topic Coordinator: Patrizio Lancellotti, FESC

Imaging is central to the diagnostic pathway of all patients with suspected cardiovascular disease. Our village will emphasise the theme of ESC Congress 2016: the Heart Team. Imaging is at the centre of the Heart Team – without it you cannot diagnose patients and follow-up is more difficult, making it harder to develop the best strategy.
- Transcatheter aortic valve implantation – Guiding treatment
- Cardiomyopathies – Targeted screening and evaluation with cardiac magnetic resonance
- Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction – The latest European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging recommendations
- Imaging risk factors – Improving risk stratification and targeting preventative therapies
- e-Cardiology – Connecting doctors with patients

Nuclear cardiology, CMR and CT

Scintigraphy (SPECT)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR)
X-ray Computed Tomography (CT)
Multimodality/hybrid imaging, other imaging
Health economics and comparative effectiveness research

Echocardiography / Doppler

Echo-ventricular function and myocardial diseases
Echo-valvular heart disease
Echo-contrast/tissue characterisation
Stress echo
Echo/Doppler, other
3-D echo
Perioperative echo and cardiac interventions


ECG, arrhythmia analysis, signal processing
Imaging hardware, imaging standards, image processing
Computer modelling and simulation
Remote patient monitoring and telemedecine
m-Health applications and technology assessment
e-Cardiology other
Big data analysis in cardiology, registries and databases

VILLAGE 7: Prevention / Rehabilitation / Sports / Nursing / Ageing

A word from the Topic Coordinator: M Christi Deaton, FESC

Much of cardiovascular disease is preventable and, even when heart disease develops, the management of risk factors, appropriate treatment and patient self-management can prevent further events and improve quality of life. Doing this requires a multi-professional Heart Team effort to bring together different perspectives, ideas, strengths and skills in prevention and management, and to address individual and societal factors affecting cardiovascular disease.
- The latest cardiovascular prevention and lipid Guidelines
- Tailored exercise prescriptions, latest technologies to change behavior
- Is more exercise better or worse?
- Stress and long hours, what to eat, smoking cessation and sexual counselling
- Pollution, noise and natural disasters

Physical activity and sports cardiology

Exercise testing and training
Sports cardiology
Physical activity

Cardiovascular risk assessment

Risk scores

Prevention and rehabilitation

Cardiovascular prevention: interventions and outcomes
Cardiovascular rehabilitation: interventions and outcomes

Epidemiology and health policy

Epidemiology, lipids
Psycho-social, economic, cultural, occupational diseases
Environment and CV diseases
Public health and health policy

Diabetes, metabolic syndromes

Diabetes, dysglycaemia and metabolic syndrome
Diabetes management

Nursing and primary care/allied health professionals

Acute nursing care
Chronic nursing care
Primary care


Premature cardiovascular ageing
Elderly and cardiovascular diseases

VILLAGE 8: Heart Failure / Left Ventricular Dysfunction

A word from the Topic Coordinator: Stefan Anker, FESC

Heart failure is common, deadly and extremely costly. There have nevertheless been a number of developments recently in tackling this important disease, and they will be discussed in-depth in our village. New Guidelines on the management of heart failure will also be presented, and there will be several sessions dedicated to discussing important aspects of the Guidelines, as well as to optimising patient outcomes.
- Novel Guidelines on acute heart failure
- Novel Guidelines on chronic heart failure
- Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
- Devices for heart failure
- Heart failure drug therapy

Heart Failure / Left Ventricular Dysfunction

Pathophysiology and diagnosis
Pharmacologic therapy
Cardiotoxicity of drugs
Medical aspects of transplantation
Basic mechanisms
Cardiac surgery
Diastolic dysfunction
Ventricular function/haemodynamics
Peripheral circulation, metabolism and skeletal muscle
Heart failure, other


Village 9: Valvular Disease / Pulmonary Circulation / Myocardial-Pericardial Disease / Congenital Heart Disease and Paediatric Cardiology

A word from the Topic Coordinator: Raphael Rosenhek, FESC

From basic science to clinical applications in patient management, we will present the latest updates on the most important aspects of valvular disease, pulmonary circulation, myocardial-pericardial disease and adult congenital heart disease. A central part of our programme will be the main theme of the Congress – the Heart Team – alongside novelties within in each of the four topic subgroups.

- Latest news on percutaneous valve therapies
- Optimal management of patients with valve disease
- Hot topics in pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary embolism
- An update on cardiomyopathies, myocarditis and pericarditis
- Treatment challenges in patients with congenital heart disease

Valvular disease

Aortic valve disease
Mitral valve disease
Aortic valve interventions
Mitral valve interventions
Valvular other and rheumatic disease
Valvular imaging

Pulmonary circulation

Acute pulmonary embolism
Chronic pulmonary hypertension
Right ventricular function
Pulmonary circulation, imaging, other

Myocardial-Pericardial disease

Pericardial and myocardial disease, tumours, other
Infectious, parasitic and nutritional diseases
Myocardial-pericardial imaging

Congenital heart disease/Paediatric cardiology

Morphology, pathology and genetics
Grown-up congenital heart disease and surgery
Congenital foetal heart disease and intervention
Congenital heart disease imaging
Adult congenital heart disease
Pregnancy and heart disease
Paediatric cardiology, other