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Four new practice Guidelines at ESC Congress 2013 

ESC Congress News 2013 - Amsterdam

Date: 31 Aug 2013

JUST LIKE this wonderful city of Amsterdam, our Clinical Practice Guidelines share both the historical and the modern in a mix of expertise based on experience and respect for scientific advances. Once again this year, the ESC Guidelines are a cornerstone of scientific interaction with participants.
During ESC Congress 2013 there is much Guideline activity to look forward to. The new Clinical Practice Guidelines scheduled for presentation are:

Stable Coronary Artery Disease

The new version gives more prominence to new imaging techniques such as cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography in the diagnosis of CAD in patients with stable chest pain. The guidelines clearly define which patients should receive coronary CT angiography, to avoid overuse of this technique. Another new aspect is that the diagnostic algorithm is based on the pre-test probability of chest pain of recent onset, with control of heart rate the new treatment goal for medical therapy.  Access the Guidelines 

Diabetes, Pre-diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases

Jointly produced by the ESC and European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the Guidelines introduce glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) for the diagnosis of diabetes. Cardiovascular risk assessment has also been simplified, and risk engines are no longer advocated. Drugs are assessed, with BP targets, diet and weight loss re-evaluated. The new guidelines also advocate multidisciplinary teams and nurse-led programmes to support lifestyle change and self management, and emphasise how this group of patients falls between two fields of expertise and why joint guidelines from diabetologists and cardiologists are so important.  Access the Guidelines

Cardiac Pacing and CRT

These Guidelines place greater emphasis on a practical how-to approach targeted at generalists, including GPs and geriatricians, as well as expert cardiologists and electrophysiologists. The Task Force has created a new classification system for bradyarrhythmias according to mechanisms rather than aetiology. Another big innovation is the development of a logical decision tree displaying the different pacing modes according to different clinical situations. In effect these guidelines take clinicians by the hand and lead them through a series of three or four questions.  Access the Guidelines 

Arterial Hypertension

(produced jointly by the ESC and European Society of  Hypertension) Arterial hyptertension reflects a condition associated with 13% of global deaths. These new joint guidelines redefine the approach to diagnosing and treating hypertension. Amongst the recommendations are revised definitions of hypertension, which will significantly affect diagnosis, and updated recommendations on how hypertension is treated, with a new emphasis on drug selection. There is a call for doctors to be more pro-active in initiating treatment and for patients to be more aware of the endemic problem of high blood pressure.  Access the Guidelines 

ESC Guidelines mobile app

Discover and download the ESC Pocket Guidelines App 

Do not forget the ‘Meet the Task Force’ sessions at this congress. This is a nice way to interact face to face with the experts responsible for the guidelines. Ask your questions and share your doubts.

We will also have the opportunity to see a new ‘Guidelines into Practice’ track designed to support their implementation. Remember... ‘to know is not to do’, and all our efforts in creating these tracks for access to excellent presentations and documents are aimed towards best level care for your patients.

ESC guidelines are quick to follow technical developments and their evolution. With this in mind we are proud to launch the new Guidelines application for mobile devices. The ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines free app for Apple and android devices will be introduced during ESC Congress 2013. The 2011 and 2012 Pocket Guidelines titles will be available along with their associated interactive tools, helping you find the best practice that correlates with your patient’s needs. The 2013 titles will follow soon thereafter.

Finally, let us learn while having fun. So don’t miss the ESC Cardiology Quiz based on a review of the Guidelines - clinical cases and a true competition between top hospitals in Europe.

We very much look forward to seeing you in the Guidelines area on the ESC stand and hope to learn more about you and how we can support your work. Here you can discover and download the ESC Pocket Guidelines App. And don’t forget to pick-up this year’s new printed Pocket Guidelines - free for ESC members while stocks last. Other derivative products (summary cards, essential messages) will also be distributed free to all attendees.

ESC Guidelines Overview 
1 September 08:30-10:00  Amsterdam Village

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Authors: Prof Jose Luis Zamorano, ESC Congress News

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About the European Society of Cardiology
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents more than 80,000 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean. Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.

About ESC Congress 2013
The ESC Congress is currently the world’s premier conference on the science, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease.  The spotlight of this year's event is “The Heart Interacting with Systemic Organs”.  ESC Congress 2013 takes place from 31 August to 4 September at the RAI centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands. More information on the scientific programme.


Refers to session:  ESC Guidelines 2013 overview