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Five new practice Guidelines for 2015

ESC Congress News 2015 - London

ESC Congress 2015 will see the launch of five new ESC Guidelines: on pulmonary hypertension (developed jointly with the European Respiratory Society), ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death, acute coronary syndromes NSTE, pericardial diseases, and infective endocarditis.

Infective Endocarditis
Valvular, Myocardial, Pericardial, Pulmonary, Congenital Heart Disease
Ventricular Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD)
Pulmonary Hypertension
Pericardial Disease
Arrhythmias and Device Therapy
Acute Coronary Syndromes

The guidelines were developed by expert task forces under the governance of the ESC’s Committee for Practice Guidelines (CPG) as well as a large pool of peer reviewers with more than 100 experts contributing to the development of each document. Since 2014 the CPG has also involved all its member national cardiac societies in the review processes, which has added high quality expertise from the four corners of Europe. These national experts are listed alongside the names of the CPG members in the guidelines’ appendix.


  • This year’s ESC/ERS Guidelines on Pulmonary Hypertension chaired by Nazzareno Galié (ESC) and Marc Humbert (ERS) cover the main clinical characteristics and relevant issues in the diagnosis of PH as well as the latest treatment strategies and advice in decision-making.
  • The Ventricular Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death Task Force led by Silvia Priori and Carina Blomström-Lundqvist will spark considerable interest with advice on populations at risk and the use of the different devices to prevent CV events.
  • Marco Roffi and Carlo Patrono’s team have written a 2015 version of the Acute Coronary Syndromes-NSTE Guidelines showing the new diagnostic algorithms for decision-making in this field. These Guidelines will be followed in 2017 by a new version of the STEMI Guidelines, as well as an update on the universal definition of MI.
  • The task force responsible for the 2015 Pericardial Diseases Guidelines, long due for a new version, was led by Yehuda Adler and Philippe Charron. Their team concentrated on diagnostic and treatment strategies for patients with this condition.
  • Our new Guidelines on Infective Endocarditis, chaired by Gilbert Habib and Patrizio Lancelotti, have based some of their 2015 recommendations on prophylaxis. They also review recent publications on the use of new antibiotics.

As ever, the latest ESC guidelines summarise all available information and will provide an invaluable resource for the practising healthcare professional. Among their derivative products are the free ESC Pocket Guidelines App, which provides more than 100 interactive tools to help apply the guidelines in daily practice, and Essential Messages and Summary Cards, which summarise the main points and make them available to students, teachers and non-cardiologists. This year’s guidelines will also enhance what to do and not do in the clinical setting of their specific pathology. Look for this table in the last section of each guidelines document.

You can find out more about ESC Guidelines activities at the ESC Plaza, where, if you have not yet downloaded the ESC Pocket Guidelines App, you can be shown how. You can also pick up this year’s newly printed Pocket Guidelines - free for ESC members while stocks last. We will answer any questions you may have on our world renowned ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Access all ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines here

Do not miss the overview session of all 2015 Guidelines tomorrow morning at 8:30 (London). There will also be sessions dedicated to each of the new guidelines:

  • Sunday   14:00   (London) for NSTE-ACS,
  • Monday   8:30    (London) for VA & SCD,
  • Monday  14:00   (London) for PH,
  • Tuesday    8:30   (London) for IE,
  • Tuesday  14:00   (London) for Pericardial Disease.

Your chance to meet the Task Forces and ask them the questions you may never otherwise have a chance to ask is on Sunday at 15:40, Monday at 15:40 and Tuesday at 15:40, all in Hyde Park.
New this year on Wednesday 2 Sept at 09:00 (London) is the ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines 2015 Highlights.

Notes to editor

By Pepe Zamorano, University Hospital Ramon y Cajal Madrid

About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents more than 90 000 cardiology professionals across Europe and worldwide. Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.

About ESC Congress 2015

ESC Congress is the world’s largest and most influential cardiovascular event contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries. ESC Congress 2015 takes place 29 August to 2 September at ExCel London in London, UK. Access the scientific programme.

To access all the scientific resources from the sessions during the congress, visit ESC Congress 365.