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The EURObservational Research Programme is part of ESC’s virtuous circle

Professor Alec Vahanian (Department of Cardiology, Hôpital Bichat, University of Paris VI, Paris, France) says that the 20 different registries of the EURObservational Research Programme are part of the ESC virtuous circle—the goal of which is to link together ESC knowledge, educational activities and data from the registries to fulfil the ESC’s ultimate ambition of reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease. 

The registries, Prof. Vahanian explains, tend to fall into one of three main categories— including general cardiology which, he says, deals with “very important, predominant” diseases such as heart failure or coronary artery disease and clinical cardiology. Another category assesses interventional procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation. He adds that the third category includes so-called “special registries”, where “we look at quite rare conditions, such as cardiac disease in pregnancy”. 

Overall, 80 countries, 1,700 centres and 130,000 patients are participating in the EURObservational Research Programme. Furthermore, data from the registries have been published in numerous specialist cardiovascular journals. A session today (16:30–18:00; Goya - The Hub) will look at the valuable lessons on frequent diseases that the registries have provided. Those attending will not only discover, according to Prof. Vahanian, the results of some of the registries but will also hear about the ESC’s new approach to performing registries, so that the data from these registries is collected (and used) more effectively. 

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