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Topics & Villages

To optimise the learning and scientific exchange, ESC Congress provides an environment designed to  facilitate networking and interaction between the audience and International expert faculty.

ESC Congress highlights 163 specific topics organised under 9 main topics. Most scientific sessions are hosted in themed topic related Villages

Main Auditorium, Spotlight Stage, The Hub, The Agora & Poster Area

Main Auditorium will cover exclusively the Hot Lines and 2017 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines sessions.

The "Spotlight Stage" can be found next to Village 6 Intervention. In a state of the art environment, using the latest audiovisual technology , the Spotlight Stage will host a serie of Live-in -the-box scenarios from International Centres throughout Europe as well as Interactive session on this year's spotlight "40 years of PCI" 

The “Hub”  - You can't miss it , at the heart of the Congress venue , come and take the pulse of Cardiology in 2017 !  Featuring sessions on original research, special programmes such as the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow Track, Scientists of Tomorrow, Great Debates, interactive sessions ... an intense and close-up experience in an open design.

The "Agora" , our latest addition for learning environment, these are designed to host original research presentation and new topic presentations (Innovation session, eCardiology...), in a very modern and casual setting which will allow you to continue discussions to make the most of the encounters you will make at the Congress.

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. Providing a dynamic platform to exchange on novel research and science.


Download here the complete topic list


VILLAGE 1 - Basic Science

Cardiovascular system (patho)physiology

Cardiovascular development, anatomy and pathology
Cardiovascular physiology
Cardiovascular biology and senescence

Cardiac cellular biology

Cellular Biology - Stem cells and cell therapy
Cellular Biology - Metabolism and metabolic syndromes
Cellular Biology - Ischaemia and protection
Cellular Biology - Hypertrophy, cell cycle and apoptosis
Cellular Biology - Growth factors, neurohormones and signal transduction
Cellular Biology - Excitation-contraction coupling and contractile remodelling
Cellular Biology - Ion channels and electrophysiology
Cellular Biology - Other

Vascular biology

Vascular Biology - Angiogenesis
Vascular Biology - Lipids
Vascular Biology - Atherosclerosis
Vascular Biology - Endothelial function and the microcirculation
Vascular Biology - Inflammation, growth factors and signal transduction
Vascular Biology - Remodelling
Vascular Biology - Platelets
Vascular Biology - Other

Genetics and gene therapy

Genetics and gene therapy

Basic Science other

Basic Science other


Village 2 - Hypertension/ Cardiovascular pharmacology


Hypertension - Pathophysiology and haemodynamics
Hypertension - Diagnosis and assessment
Hypertension - Drug treatment
Hypertension : Device treatment and intervention
Hypertension, other


Pharmacology and pharmacotherapy

Cardiovascular drug therapy
Cardiovascular pharmacology other


Village 3 - Cardiac imaging/ e-Technology

Nuclear cardiology, CMR and CT

Nuclear Cardiology (SPECT and PET)
Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR)
Computed Tomography (CT)

Echocardiography / Doppler

Echocardiography – Myocardium, tissue charactherization, echo-contrast
Echocardiography - Valvular heart disease
Echocardiography – Ventricular and atrial function
Echocardiography - Stress testing
Echocardiography - 3D and post-processing
Echocardiography - Surgery and cardiac interventions
Echocardiography - Other
Imaging - Hybrid
Imaging, other


Image processing and imaging standards
Cardiovascular signal processing
Remote patient monitoring and telemedicine
Computer modelling and simulation
Big data analysis
m-Health technology and applications
e-Cardiology other


Village 4 - Prevention/ Rehabilitation/ Sports/ Nursing

 Prevention and rehabilitation

Prevention - Epidemiology
Prevention - Lipids
Prevention - Tobacco
Prevention - Metabolic syndrome, obesity and nutrition
Prevention - Interventions and outcomes
Cardiovascular rehabilitation - Interventions and outcomes

Cardiovascular risk assessment

Risk assessment - Risk factors and scores
Risk assessment - Biomarkers
Risk assessment - Imaging

Diabetes, metabolic syndromes

Diabetes and the heart

Physical activity and sports cardiology

Exercise testing and training
Sports cardiology

Nursing and primary care / Allied health professionals

Cardiovascular disease in primary care
Heart disease - Environmental, psycho-social, cultural, occupational factors
Age, elderly and cardiovascular disease
Acute nursing care
Chronic nursing care
Public health and health policy


Village 5 - Arrhythmias/ Pacing/ Resynchronisation

Arrhythmias / Pacing / Resynchronisation

Mechanisms and pathophysiology
Non invasive diagnostic methods
Invasive diagnostic methods
Atrial fibrillation (AF)
Supraventricular arrhythmias (excluding AF)
Ventricular arrhythmias
Sudden cardiac death
Drug treatment
Catheter ablation
Antibradycardia pacing
Implantable cardioverter / defibrillator
Cardiac resynchronisation therapy
Home and remote monitoring


Village 6 - Interventions/ Peripheral circulation/ Stroke/ Surgery

 Interventional cardiology

Invasive coronary imaging and functional coronary imaging
PCI - Devices and technique
PCI - Procedural complications
PCI - Primary and acute PCI
PCI - Restenosis
PCI - Long-term outcome
PCI - Adjunctive drug therapy
Aortic valve interventions
Mitral valve interventions
Tricuspid valve interventions
Non coronary cardiac interventions, other
Aortic disease
Carotid disease

Peripheral circulation / stroke

Peripheral artery disease - Pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis
Peripheral artery disease - Drug treatment
Peripheral artery disease - Interventions

Cardiovascular surgery

Cardiovascular surgery - Coronary arteries
Cardiovascular surgery - Valves
Cardiovascular surgery - Aortic, peripheral arterial and venous surgery
Cardiovascular surgery - Circulatory assist and other


Village 7 - Valvular disease/ Pulmonary circulation/ Myocardial-pericardial disease/ Congenital heart disease and paediatric cardiology

Valvular disease

Aortic valve disease
Mitral valve disease
Tricuspid valve disease
Rheumatic heart disease
Valvular disease, other

Pulmonary circulation

Acute pulmonary embolism
Chronic pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary circulation, other

Myocardial-Pericardial disease

Pericardial and myocardial disease
Tumors of the heart
Infectious, parasitic and nutritional diseases of the heart

Congenital heart disease / Paediatric cardiology

Grown up congenital heart disease
Paediatric cardiology, other
Foetal cardiology and intervention
Pregnancy and heart disease


Village 8 - Coronary artery disease/ Acute coronary syndromes/ Acute cardiac care/ 

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

CAD - Thrombosis and coagulation
CAD - Inflammation and immunity
CAD - Microcirculation and collaterals
CAD and comorbidities
Ischaemia, experimental studies
Stable coronary artery disease

Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)

ACS - Unstable angina
ACS - Post infarction period
ACS - Adjunctive medical therapy
ACS - Platelets, antithrombotic agents and thrombolysis

Acute cardiac care ( ACC)

ACC - Resuscitation
Prehospital cardiac care
ACC - CCU, intensive and critical cardiovascular care


Village 9 - Heart failure (Chronic & Acute)

Chronic Heart Failure (CHF)

Pathophysiology and mechanisms
Cardiotoxicity of drugs
Ventricular function / haemodynamics
Diastolic dysfunction
CHF - Assessment and diagnosis
CHF - Drug treatment
CHF - Non pharmacological treatment
CHF - Transplantation
CHF - Epidemiology, prognosis and outcome
CHF - Peripheral circulation, metabolism and skeletal muscle

Acute Heart Failure (AHF)

AHF - Assessment and diagnosis
AHF - Drug treatment
AHF - Epidemiology, prognosis and outcome
AHF - Non pharmacological treatment
Heart failure, other