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ESC Guidelines Copyright

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The content of these European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines and their derivative products has been made available for personal and educational use only. No commercial use is authorized. No part of the ESC Guidelines and their derivative products may be translated or reproduced in any form without written permission from the ESC, or in the case of the Full Text, by Oxford University Press (OUP), please email:


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The ESC does not allow for the insertion of its Guidelines and derivative products (full or partial) in external websites, pages, portals or servers, unless specific exceptional permission has been granted for such.


The ESC Guidelines represent the views of the ESC and were produced after careful consideration of the scientific and medical knowledge and the evidence available at the time of their publication. The ESC is not responsible in the event of any contradiction, discrepancy and/or ambiguity between the ESC Guidelines and any other official recommendations or guidelines issued by the relevant public health authorities, in particular in relation to good use of healthcare or therapeutic strategies. Health professionals are encouraged to take the ESC Guidelines fully into account when exercising their clinical judgment, as well as in the determination and the implementation of preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic medical strategies; however, the ESC Guidelines do not override, in any way whatsoever, the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate and accurate decisions in consideration of each patient’s health condition and in consultation with that patient and, where appropriate and/or necessary, the patient’s caregiver. Nor do the ESC Guidelines exempt health professionals from taking into full and careful consideration the relevant official updated recommendations or guidelines issued by the competent public health authorities, in order to manage each patient’s case in light of the scientifically accepted data pursuant to their respective ethical and professional obligations. It is also the health professional’s responsibility to verify the applicable rules and regulations relating to drugs and medical devices at the time of prescription.

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