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2018 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines in the spotlight

ESC Congress News 2018 - Munich, Germany

ESC Congress 2018 sees the release of four new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines on: Arterial Hypertension; Syncope; Myocardial Revascularization; and Cardiovascular Diseases during Pregnancy, as well as a consensus document on the Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction (see table).

Coronary Artery Disease (Chronic)
Syncope and Bradycardia
Pregnancy and Cardiovascular Disease
Interventional Cardiology
Acute Coronary Syndromes

Windecker.jpgThe updates to these documents have been developed by expert Task Forces under the governance of the ESC’s Committee for Practice Guidelines (CPG), chaired by Professor Stephan Windecker (Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland). “Each guideline takes around two years from appointment of the Task Force Chairs, who are selected based on their established scientific track record and their leadership abilities, and selection of the Task Force Members, to the launch of the final output at the annual ESC Congress,” explains Prof. Windecker. “Task Forces are composed of representatives from various ESC Associations, Working Groups and Councils and additional individuals chosen on the basis of their expertise. Together with the Review Coordinators, who manage incorporation of two or three rounds of peer review comments, and the large pool of peer reviewers, including also the 56 National Societies of ESC, there are over 100 experts contributing to the development of each document,” he says.

“All the ESC Guidelines’ updates in 2018 have been made more concise and much more visual with illustrations and extensive use of graphics and figures.

They are very user friendly and easily accessible.”

An important asset is the link with ESC CardioMed, directly connecting ESC Guidelines with corresponding textbook sections (e.g. the 2017 Valvular Heart Disease and 2017 Peripheral Arterial Diseases Guidelines). This latest mix of guidelines summarises all recent evidence, research and expertise relevant to these cardiovascular conditions and provides a vital resource for practising healthcare professionals. Don’t miss the overview session of all these ESC Guidelines tomorrow, Sunday at 08:30 – 10:00; Munich – Main Auditorium.

  1. 2018 ESC/ESH Guidelines for the Management of Arterial Hypertension. Eur Heart J doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehy339.
  2. 2018 ESC Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Syncopy. Eur Heart J. 2018;39:1883–1948. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy037.
  3. 2018 ESC/EACTS Guidelines on Myocardial Revascularization. Eur Heart J. 2018. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy394.
  4. 2018 ESC Guidelines for the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases during Pregnancy. Eur Heart J 2018. doi: 10.1093/ Eurheartj/ehy340.
  5. 2018 ESC/ACC/AHA/WHF. Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction. Eur Heart 2018. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy462.



Guideline/ consensus document

Task Force Chairs




Arterial Hypertension 1

Bryan Williams (UK); Giuseppe Mancia (Italy)




Syncope 2

Michele Brignole (Italy); Angel Moya (Spain)




Myocardial Revascularization 3

Franz Josef Neumann (Germany); Miguel Sousa Uva (Portugal)




Cardiovascular Diseases during Pregnancy 4

Vera Regitz-Zagrosek (Germany); Jolien W Roos-Hesselink (Netherlands)




Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction 5

Kristian Thygesen (Denmark); Joseph Alpert (USA);

Harvey White (New Zealand)


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Notes to editor

About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology brings together healthcare professionals from more than 150 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.

About ESC Congress 2018

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 2018 takes place 25 to 29 August at the Messe München in Munich, Germany. Explore the scientific programme