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Scientific Programme by Types & Tracks

ESC Congress 2018




ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

The European Society of Cardiology will release 4 new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • 2018 ESC/ESH Guidelines on Arterial Hypertension
  • 2018 ESC Guidelines for CVD during Pregnancy
  • 2018 ESC/EACTS Guidelines on Myocardial Revascularization
  • 2018 ESC Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Syncope

and the expert consensus document

  • 2018 joint ESC/ACCF/AHA/WHF Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction

In addition, the programme features Meet the Guidelines Task Force sessions to allow the audience to interact directly with the authors on the new Guidelines and their implications for practice.

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Late-Breaking Science

Presentations of recently completed, unpublished, important findings from major clinical trials that will influence clinical cardiovascular care.

High profile sessions featuring latest advances in Cardiovascular Science which influence practice.

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In-depth discussion of recent or innovative developments in cardiology and related fields. Presentations from renowned professionals to bring you up to date on the essentials in cardiovascular medicine

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NEW! Cardiology in 4 days

Want to get an all round refresher/update in all topics of cardiology ? An educational track is specifically designed to give you this.

Follow the entire track or pick and choose your sessions based on your needs.

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Start your day early and engage with experts over coffee and breakfast.

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Case-based sessions

These sessions are built on real clinical practice situations and designed for maximum interaction with the audience.


  • Case-based Symposium - Focus on practical, difficult, or controversial aspects in clinical cardiovascular care. 
  • Guidelines in Daily Practice -  Designed to support cardiologists in the implementation of the Guidelines in their daily practice

This programme is also supported by 6 National Cardiac Societies which will focus on implementation in their country.

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Experts sessions

Expert Advice Sessions

In-depth educational sessions regarding specific and pertinent clinical questions with lectures by internationally acclaimed experts in the respective field.

Meet the Experts

Sessions designed to highlight the input of experts regarding key decisions related to the practical management of cardiovascular diseases in daily situations.

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Debate of experts on controversial issues in clinical cardiovascular medicine.

Take part in the Great Debates in topic related villages and in The Hub

Speakers defend their arguments and are challenged by a panel of experts. Audience cast votes for the most convincing argument. 

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Spotlight 2018: Valvular Heart Disease

On one hand, the aging population leads to an increasing incidence of valvular heart disease in most parts of the world. On the other hand, interventional as well as surgical techniques to treat valve disease are evolving at a rapid pace, accompanied by advances in imaging techniques for diagnosis and intervention planning. Valvular Heart Disease has implications on all other areas of cardiology, from Prevention to Arrhythmias, Heart Failure and Intervention.

Find related programme in the "Spotlight Village"

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Live in the Box

Live procedures recorded at internationally leading centres.
Follow the case managed by our experts in a real-life situation, while the panel will comment and discuss procedures and patient management on-stage.

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Digital Health

From digital medical records to big data and self-monitoring on smartphones and other devices, digital health is changing healthcare and how both doctors and their patients deal with all kinds of medical conditions.

Sessions will highlight the technological applications in the field of e-cardiology for both research and clinical practice.

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Abstract-Based Programme

Over 4,400 abstracts will be presented during the Congress as oral or poster presentation in various format allowing a maximum of interaction between presenters, leading experts and delegates.

Discover all the types of sessions

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General Cardiology and Surgery

Programmes designed specifically for Physicians, Technicians and General Practitioners as well as for Nurses and Allied Professionals.

A Cardiovascular Surgery programme is also organised to focus on the education of the cardiologists on surgical aspects.

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ESC Young Communities

A unique scientific and educational programme designed by the young communities, for the young communities with the support of internationally renowned experts.

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Special Sessions

Sessions designed in multiple formats and contents to address key issues for your practice.


Image Interpretation with the Masters - interactive a practical discussion

"The Big Picture" - These sessions will present a topic from various perspectives, including Guidelines, Registry data supporting implementation and Atlas

Cardiac Anatomy - Video demonstrations of heart specimens that show unique examples of congenital and acquired heart disease.

Let's Talk About Strategy - Case Discussions with the Masters - Join the experts on key topics

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Named Lectures & Honorary Lecture

Five prestigious European Society of Cardiology lectures by renowned leaders on Population Sciences, Clinical Cardiology, Basic Science, Valvular Heart Disease and new this year, on innovation.

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ESC Congress Honorary Lecture will be given by Professor Keith Fox, as an introduction to the Awards Ceremony to be held on Tuesday 28 August at 18:00


Also don't miss the Keynote Lecture during the Inaugural Session on Saturday 25 August from 17:00 to 18:00 in room Munich (Main Auditorium) "Academic and Industry Relations" by Eugene Braunwald, Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School,Founding Chair of the TIMI Study Group at the Brigham and Women’s Hospitalgiven

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Quiz Sessions

Presenting fun and engaging sessions to refresh your knowledge and skills.

The Great Cardiovascular Quiz

Sunday 26 August - 16:45 - 17:45
Revise current best practice based on guidelines, consensus opinion and the literature

What's the diagnosis? Cardiology Quiz

Monday 27 August - 14:30 - 15:45
Organised by the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow

Mini-quiz sessions on Saturday 25 August. 

Two teams from Invited National Cardiac Societies will compete on questions based on 2017 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines 

09:00 - 10:30 - Sweden vs Cardiologist of Tomorrow Group
11:00 - 12:30 - Czech Republic vs Greece
13:30 - 15:00 - Bulgaria vs Morocco

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Joint Sessions

Sessions organised together with major cardiovascular and other specialty organisations from around the world as well as sessions with internationally renowned Journals, ESC Associations and ESC Councils.  Workshops are also organised on cardio-pulmonary ressuscitation

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Highlight Sessions 

Wednesday 29 August

Congress Condensed Sessions 

Not to be missed, starting at 09:00 in the Hub 

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines 2018
Valvular Heart Disease
Basic Science
General Cardiology

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ESC Congress Highlight Session

THE session to attend before heading home to your practice. Leading experts present the most important take-home messages across all cardiovascular topics from all presentations during ESC Congress 2018 in just under 2 hours starting at 10:15 in the Main Auditorium – Munich.