Supporting the distribution of knowledge on prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases is a major responsibility of the European Society of Cardiology. Access to ESC Guidelines is free.
In order to improve clinical practice, the Committee for Practice Guidelines charges groups of European experts with the task of creating recommendations and guidelines for clinical practice. These recommendations and guidelines clarify areas of consensus and disagreement, allowing distribution of the best possible guidance to practicing physicians.
Guidelines aim to present all the relevant evidence on a particular clinical issue in order to help physicians to weigh the benefits and risks of a particular diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. They should be helpful in everyday clinical medical decision-making.