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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.

09/08/2011 00:00:00
ESC introduces five new practice guidelines, with a range of tools for everyday application

This year's ESC Congress will see the launch of five new ESC Guidelines: Non-Cardiac Surgery, Acute Pulmonary Embolism, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Diseases and Myocardial Revascularization.  The guidelines were developed by expert Task Forces under the governance of the ESC’s Committee for Practice Guidelines. All in all, more than 100 experts are involved in the development of each one.   Read more & access the Guidelines

New ESC Guidelines on pulmonary embolism

ESC Guidelines on the management of patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) have been released during this congress and provide clinicians with a user-friendly summary of current evidence in the field. There are essentially three important changes in their clinical recommendations.

ESC Guidelines in aortic diseases: an impact on medical care ‘well beyond cardiology’

The 2014 ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases is the first European document to address comprehensively the acute and chronic diseases of the thoracic and abdominal aorta in adult patients. It fills the gap between multiple ESC Guidelines on different heart conditions and on peripheral artery diseases published in 2011.

New ESC Guidelines on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

The 2014 ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis and management of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) are presented for the first time at this congress. The guidelines underscore the multidisciplinary approach to the disease, including imaging, genetics, percutaneous and surgical interventions, device implantations, and pharmacology.

ESC Guidelines on myocardial revascularisation

Myocardial revascularisation – by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or surgical placement of coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) – is one of the most important treatment principles in cardiology. However, both the identification of patients who require revascularisation and selection of the method to achieve restored blood flow must be carefully performed in order to maximise benefit and avoid procedures that do more harm than good.  Read more

35 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines
2014ESC/EACTS Guidelines in Myocardial Revascularisation (Guidelines for)Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)
2014Acute Pulmonary Embolism (Diagnosis and Management of)Thromboembolic Venous Disease
2014Hypertrophic CardiomyopathyMyocardial Disease
2014Aortic DiseasesDiseases of the Aorta and Trauma to the Aorta and Heart
20142014 ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery: cardiovascular assessment and managementThe Cardiac Consult
2013Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases developed with the EASDDiabetic heart disease
2013Stable Coronary Artery Disease (Management of)Chronic Ischaemic Heart Disease (IHD)
2013Cardiac Pacing and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Arrhythmias
2013Arterial Hypertension (Management of)Hypertension
2012Third Universal Definition of Myocardial InfarctionMyocardial Disease
2012Valvular Heart Disease (Management of)Valvular Heart Diseases
2012Atrial Fibrillation (Management of) 2010 and Focused Update (2012)Atrial Fibrillation
2012Acute Myocardial Infarction in patients presenting with ST-segment elevation (Management of)Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)
2012Acute and Chronic Heart Failure Heart Failure (HF)
2012CVD Prevention in clinical practice (European Guidelines on)Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - Risk Assessment and Management
2011Dyslipidaemias (Management of) Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - Risk Assessment and Management
2011Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) in patients presenting without persistent ST-segment elevation (Management of)Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)
2011Cardiovascular Diseases during Pregnancy (Management of)Pregnancy and Heart Disease
2011Peripheral Artery Diseases (Diagnosis and Treatment of)Peripheral Arterial Diseases
2010Grown-Up Congenital Heart Disease (Management of)Congenital Heart Disease
2010Device Therapy in Heart Failure (Focused Update)Heart Failure (HF)
2009Infective Endocarditis (Guidelines on Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of)Infective Endocarditis
2009Syncope (Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of)Syncope
2009Pulmonary Hypertension (Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of)Pulmonary Hypertension
2007The Role of Endomyocardial Biopsy in the Management of Cardiovascular DiseaseMyocardial Disease
2006Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death (ACC/AHA/ESC 2006 Guidelines for Management of Patients With)Arrhythmias
2004Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors in Cardiovascular Disease (Expert Consensus Document on)Clinical pharmacology
2004B-Adrenergic Receptor Blockers (Expert Consensus Document on)Clinical pharmacology
2004Pericardial Diseases (Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of)Pericardial Disease
2004Antiplatelet Agents (Expert Consensus Document on the Use of)Clinical pharmacology
2003Supraventricular Arrhythmias (ACC/AHA/ESC Guidelines for the Management of Patients with)Arrhythmias
2003Medical Practice Guidelines: Separating science from economics 
2003Estimation of ten-year risk of fatal cardiovascular disease in Europe: the SCORE projectCardiovascular Disease Prevention - Risk Assessment and Management
2002Chest Pain (Management of)Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)
2002Neonatal Electrocardiogram (Guidelines for the interpretation of the)Congenital Heart Disease
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