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Ready to go for the world’s greatest event in cardiology

ESC Congress News 2016 - Rome, Italy

ESC Congress 2016, the world’s largest and most influential cardiovascular meeting, promises to feature world class science that will be more interactive than ever before. Over the next five days 150 different topics will be covered in over 500 sessions attended by over 30,000 professionals from 106 countries.

‘We warmly welcome everyone to ESC Congress 2016, held for the first time in the eternal city of Rome,’ says Geneviève Derumeaux, Chair of the Congress Programme Committee. 

‘The ethos of the ESC Congress can be summarised by the words of the great Italian film director Federico Fellini. ‘‘There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.’’ For me this shows how all advances in cardiovascular medicine are based on the tireless work of clinicians and scientists who went before.’

As ever, the big highlight will be original research, with the programme including:  28 clinical hotline studies, 24 clinical trial updates, 23 registry studies, 12 basic and translational science hotlines, 4,594 abstracts selected from more than 11,000 submissions.

‘In the Hot Lines we’ve left time for discussions and reviews by experts on the implications of the trial. We’ve also arranged sessions around the organisation of care instead of dealing with specific pathologies,’ explains Derumeaux.

New for ESC Congress 2016 are the Surgeon, e-Cardiology and Stroke tracks. And, in keeping with the Rome setting, there will be a Gladiators’ Arena. ‘The idea here is to host interactive battles between leading opinion leaders on controversial issues,’ says Derumeaux. ‘For the audience it’s a great opportunity to hear both sides of the arguments, to ask questions and then vote for their overall champion.’

Another major push this year has been to have more female speakers and chairpersons, who now number more than one-third of invited speakers. ‘Giving a greater voice to women represents the reality of today’s cardiology departments, where nearly 50% of employees are female,’ says Derumeaux.

On Wednesday at the close of the meeting, three Highlight sessions will review the take-home messages from the ESC Congress starting at 08:30 with basic science session and clinical practice guidelines.

Additionally, shortly after the Congress, ESC TV will broadcast its ‘Best Of’ programme featuring the ten main topics of the Congress. ‘In our new format we will provide much more varied and precise information. It will allow you to get a focused overview from experts,’ says Derumeaux.

The Heart Team is the Spotlight of this year’s Congress

The spotlight of ESC Congress 2016 ‘The Heart Team’ emphasises the importance of teamwork and interactions between all professionals and specialties involved in treating patients with CVD. Says Geneviève Derumeaux: ‘We want to show that for optimal outcomes it’s important to have professionals from different cardiology disciplines including nurses, surgeons, and dieticians working together with cardiologists. There needs to be cross talk with everyone, an understanding of what each of the other sub-specialties do and how they can support each other for the benefit of patients.’

Delegates will have a unique opportunity to see the Heart Team in action, with seven sessions based around pre-recorded films featuring teams managing real life cases. Interactions around aortic diseases have been filmed at Santa Maria University Hospital, Lisbon, aortic stenosis at the University of Liège CHU, athlete evaluation at the Institute of Sport Medicine and Science in Rome, diabetes, dysglycemia and metabolic syndrome at the Hospital Henri Mondor at Creteil, heart failure at the University Hospital Madrid, and stroke at the Hospitals Louis Pradel and Wertheimer, Lyon. All sessions will be held in Forum – The Hub.

‘The films will show how difficult cases are managed in the context of a heart team,’ says Derumeaux. ‘We really want to hear the voice of the patient. These are really interactive sessions and after viewing everyone will be encouraged to question the heart team members on stage about case management.’

Click here to read other scientific highlights in the full edition of the Congress news.