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Topics & Villages at ESC Congress

ESC Congress 2017

To optimise the learning and scientific exchange, ESC Congress provides an environment designed to facilitate networking and interaction between the audience and International expert faculty.

ESC Congress highlights 163 specific topics organised under 9 main topics. Most scientific sessions are hosted in themed topic related Villages

Main Auditorium, Spotlight Stage, The Hub, The Agora & Poster Area

Main Auditorium will cover exclusively the Hot Lines and 2017 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines sessions.

The "Spotlight Stage" can be found next to Village 6 Intervention. In a state of the art environment, using the latest audiovisual technology, the Spotlight Stage will host a series of Live-in -the-box scenarios from International Centres throughout Europe as well as Interactive session on this year's spotlight "40 years of PCI" 

The “Hub”  - You can't miss it, at the heart of the Congress venue, come and take the pulse of Cardiology in 2017!  Featuring sessions on original research, special programmes such as the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow Track, Scientists of Tomorrow, Great Debates, interactive sessions ... an intense and close-up experience in an open design.

The "Agora", our latest addition to the learning environment, these are designed to host original research presentation and new topic presentations (Innovation session, e-Cardiology...), in a very modern and casual setting which will allow you to continue discussions to make the most of the encounters you will make at the Congress.

The Poster Area, divided into the 9 main topics, will feature a moderated poster station and best poster screens to highlight the research posters in each topic. Providing a dynamic platform to exchange on novel research and science.

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Village 1 - Basic Science

Access to sessions

Cardiovascular system (patho)physiology

  • Cardiovascular development, anatomy and pathology
  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Cardiovascular biology and senescence

Cardiac cellular biology

  • Cellular Biology - Stem cells and cell therapy
  • Cellular Biology - Metabolism and metabolic syndromes
  • Cellular Biology - Ischaemia and protection
  • Cellular Biology - Hypertrophy, cell cycle and apoptosis
  • Cellular Biology - Growth factors, neurohormones and signal transduction
  • Cellular Biology - Excitation-contraction coupling and contractile remodelling
  • Cellular Biology - Ion channels and electrophysiology
  • Cellular Biology - Other

Vascular biology

  • Vascular Biology - Angiogenesis
  • Vascular Biology - Lipids
  • Vascular Biology - Atherosclerosis
  • Vascular Biology - Endothelial function and the microcirculation
  • Vascular Biology - Inflammation, growth factors and signal transduction
  • Vascular Biology - Remodelling
  • Vascular Biology - Platelets
  • Vascular Biology - Other

Genetics and gene therapy

  • Genetics and gene therapy

Basic Science other

  • Basic Science other

Village 2 - Hypertension/ Cardiovascular pharmacology

Access to sessions


  • Hypertension - Pathophysiology and haemodynamics
  • Hypertension - Diagnosis and assessment
  • Hypertension - Drug treatment
  • Hypertension - Device treatment and intervention
  • Hypertension - other

Pharmacology and pharmacotherapy

  • Cardiovascular drug therapy
  • Cardiovascular pharmacology other

Village 3 - Cardiac imaging/ e-Technology

Access to sessions

Nuclear cardiology, CMR and CT

  • Nuclear Cardiology (SPECT and PET)
  • Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR)
  • Computed Tomography (CT)

Echocardiography / Doppler

  • Echocardiography – Myocardium, tissue characterisation, echo-contrast
  • Echocardiography - Valvular heart disease
  • Echocardiography – Ventricular and atrial function
  • Echocardiography - Stress testing
  • Echocardiography - 3D and post-processing
  • Echocardiography - Surgery and cardiac interventions
  • Echocardiography - Other
  • Imaging - Hybrid
  • Imaging, other


  • Image processing and imaging standards
  • Cardiovascular signal processing
  • Remote patient monitoring and telemedicine
  • Computer modelling and simulation
  • Big data analysis
  • m-Health technology and applications
  • e-Cardiology other

Village 4 - Prevention/ Rehabilitation/ Sports/ Nursing

 Access to sessions

Prevention and rehabilitation

  • Prevention - Epidemiology
  • Prevention - Lipids
  • Prevention - Tobacco
  • Prevention - Metabolic syndrome, obesity and nutrition
  • Prevention - Interventions and outcomes
  • Cardiovascular rehabilitation - Interventions and outcomes

Cardiovascular risk assessment

  • Risk assessment - Risk factors and scores
  • Risk assessment - Biomarkers
  • Risk assessment - Imaging

Diabetes, metabolic syndromes

  • Diabetes and the heart

Physical activity and sports cardiology

  • Exercise testing and training
  • Sports cardiology

Nursing and primary care / Allied health professionals

  • Cardiovascular disease in primary care
  • Heart disease - Environmental, psychosocial, cultural, occupational factors
  • Age, elderly and cardiovascular disease
  • Acute nursing care
  • Chronic nursing care
  • Public health and health policy

Village 5 - Arrhythmias/ Pacing/ Resynchronisation

Access to sessions

Arrhythmias / Pacing / Resynchronisation

  • Mechanisms and pathophysiology
  • Genetics
  • Electrocardiography/cardioversion/defibrillation
  • Non-invasive diagnostic methods
  • Invasive diagnostic methods
  • Atrial fibrillation (AF)
  • Supraventricular arrhythmias (excluding AF)
  • Ventricular arrhythmias
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Syncope
  • Drug treatment
  • Catheter ablation
  • Anti-bradycardia pacing
  • Implantable cardioverter / defibrillator
  • Cardiac resynchronisation therapy
  • Home and remote monitoring

Village 6 - Interventions/ Peripheral circulation/ Stroke/ Surgery

Access to sessions

 Interventional cardiology

  • Invasive coronary imaging and functional coronary imaging
  • PCI - Devices and technique
  • PCI - Procedural complications
  • PCI - Primary and acute PCI
  • PCI - Restenosis
  • PCI - Long-term outcome
  • PCI - Adjunctive drug therapy
  • Aortic valve interventions
  • Mitral valve interventions
  • Tricuspid valve interventions
  • Non-coronary cardiac interventions, other
  • Aortic disease
  • Carotid disease

Peripheral circulation/stroke

  • Stroke
  • Peripheral artery disease - Pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis
  • Peripheral artery disease - Drug treatment
  • Peripheral artery disease - Interventions

Cardiovascular surgery

  • Cardiovascular surgery - Coronary arteries
  • Cardiovascular surgery - Valves
  • Cardiovascular surgery - Aortic, peripheral arterial and venous surgery
  • Cardiovascular surgery - Circulatory assist and other

Village 7 - Valvular disease/ Pulmonary circulation/ Myocardial-pericardial disease/ Congenital heart disease and paediatric cardiology

Access to sessions

Valvular disease

  • Aortic valve disease
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Tricuspid valve disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Valvular disease, other

Pulmonary circulation

  • Acute pulmonary embolism
  • Chronic pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary circulation, other

Myocardial-Pericardial disease

  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Myocarditis
  • Pericardial and myocardial disease
  • Tumours of the heart
  • Infectious, parasitic and nutritional diseases of the heart

Congenital heart disease / Paediatric cardiology

  • Grown up congenital heart disease
  • Paediatric cardiology, other
  • Foetal cardiology and intervention
  • Pregnancy and heart disease

Village 8 - Coronary artery disease/ Acute coronary syndromes/ Acute cardiac care

Access to sessions

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

  • CAD - Thrombosis and coagulation
  • CAD - Inflammation and immunity
  • CAD - Microcirculation and collaterals
  • CAD and comorbidities
  • Ischaemia, experimental studies
  • Stable coronary artery disease

Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)

  • ACS - Unstable angina
  • ACS - Post infarction period
  • ACS - Adjunctive medical therapy
  • ACS - Platelets, antithrombotic agents and thrombolysis

Acute cardiac care ( ACC)

  • ACC - Resuscitation
  • Prehospital cardiac care
  • ACC - CCU, intensive and critical cardiovascular care

Village 9 - Heart failure (Chronic & Acute)

Access to sessions

Chronic Heart Failure (CHF)

  • Pathophysiology and mechanisms
  • Cardiotoxicity of drugs
  • Ventricular function / haemodynamics
  • Diastolic dysfunction
  • CHF - Assessment and diagnosis
  • CHF - Drug treatment
  • CHF - Non-pharmacological treatment
  • CHF - Transplantation
  • CHF - Epidemiology, prognosis and outcome
  • CHF - Peripheral circulation, metabolism and skeletal muscle

Acute Heart Failure (AHF)

  • AHF - Assessment and diagnosis
  • AHF - Drug treatment
  • AHF - Epidemiology, prognosis and outcome
  • AHF - Non-pharmacological treatment
  • Heart failure, other