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ESC Congress together with World Congress of Cardiology


ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

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

  • 2019 ESC Guidelines on Diabetes, pre-Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease developed in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)
  • 2019 ESC Guidelines on Acute Pulmonary Embolism
  • 2019 ESC Guidelines on Supraventricular Tachycardias
  • 2019 ESC Guidelines on Chronic Coronary Syndromes
  • 2019 ESC/EAS Guidelines on Dyslipidaemias

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Presentations of recently completed, unpublished, important findings from major clinical trials that will influence clinical cardiovascular care.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 the latest advances in cardiovascular science that influence practice.

Late-Breaking Clinical Trial – Late-Breaking Registry Results – Clinical Trial Update – Basic and Translational Science Hot Line.

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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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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 Symposiums – Focus on practical, difficult, or controversial aspects in clinical cardiovascular care. 
  • Guidelines in Daily Practice –  Designed to support cardiologists in the implementation of guidelines in their daily practices. *
  • NEW! How Should I Treat Session –  Let the experts show you different possible approaches to  clinical case management.

* This programme is also supported by the five National Cardiac Societies that will focus on implementation in their countries.

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Focus with the Expert Sessions

Expert Advice Sessions

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

Meet the Experts

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

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Controversy Track

Experts debate controversial issues in clinical cardiovascular medicine in an engaging and dynamic format.

Take part in the Hub debates: be ready to engage in the arguments made and the positions taken.

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Spotlight 2019: Global Cardiovascular Health

ESC Congress in Paris will be held together with World Congress of Cardiology: the perfect opportunity to address the important issues surrounding global cardiovascular health.

The Spotlight Track will feature sessions with the valuable contributions of an international faculty of renowned experts, highlighting differences in prevalence, clinical manifestations, prevention strategies, diagnostic modalities and management of cardiovascular disease around the world. 

The sessions on global cardiovascular health will be presented in topic-related villages, as well as in the Hub.

A special Young Investigator Award competition will feature top-rated research from young professionals working in the field of global, CV-health-related science.

As a tribute, an honorary Bongani Mayosi Memorial Lecture will precede the Young Investigator Competition.

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Professional Development

NEW THIS YEAR: The Global Exchange is a dedicated area with lecture rooms for professional development, where you can learn and discuss how to complement your clinical competencies with other skills and knowledge required in today’s cardiology.

The sessions will focus on a range of important professional development dimensions clustered around four thematic areas:

  • How to make the most of CVD research opportunities.
  • How to pursue equity in cardiology for the benefit of patients.
  • How to assure innovative technologies in cardiology are safe and ethical.
  • How to advance your career with new skills in a fast-changing environment.

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This is also the place where WHF will organise the Meet & Share Forum and sessions.

An opportunity for foundations and associations to share insights, experiences and strategies.

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Live procedures recorded at leading, international centres.
Follow the cases managed by our experts in real-life situations, while the panel on stage discusses procedures and patient management.

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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 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 4,500 abstracts will be presented during the congress as oral or poster presentations in various formats, allowing a maximum of interaction between presenters, leading experts and delegates.

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General Cardiology

Programmes designed specifically for physicians, technicians and general practitioners, as well as for nurses and allied professionals.

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New! Emergency Medicine

The Emergency Medicine Programme is organised in collaboration with Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) and the Societe Française de Cardiologie (SFC), bringing together professionals involved in emergency cardiovascular care and  a 'Heart Team' approach.

Emergency Care Track on Saturday: A special fee of €55 to attend this one-day track for nurses and allied professionals, general practitioners and emergency personnel. It includes courses for basic life support (BLS), first responders, ambulance care assistants, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical dispatchers, advanced life support (ALS), paramedics, critical care paramedics, paramedic practitioners / emergency care practitioners, and specialist EMS.

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ESC Young Communities

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

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Special Sessions

Sessions designed with multiple formats and content to address key issues for your practice.


Image Interpretation with the Masters  – Interactive and practical discussions.

The Big Picture – A topic is presented 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 and Case Discussions with the Masters – Join the experts on key topics.

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Named Lectures and Honorary Lecture

Five prestigious European Society of Cardiology lectures by renowned leaders on population sciences, clinical cardiology, basic science, innovation and interventional cardiology.

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ESC Congress Honorary Lecture will be given as an introduction to the Awards Ceremony to be held on Monday, 2 September at 18:00.

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Quiz Sessions

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

The Great Cardiovascular Quiz

Sunday, 1 September – 16:40–17:50
Revise current best practices based on guidelines, consensus opinion and the literature.

Cardiology Detectives – ECG Quiz

Tuesday, 3 September – 08:30–10:00
Organised by the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow

Multimodality Imaging Quiz: the Whole Is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Sunday, 1 September – 08:30–10:00
Organised by the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow

Mini-Quiz Sessions on Saturday, 31 August

Two teams from invited National Cardiac Societies will compete with questions based on 2018 ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines.

09:00–10:30 – France vs Hungary
11:00–12:30 – Algeria vs Latvia
13:45–15:00 – Estonia vs Slovakia


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Joint Sessions

Sessions organised with major cardiovascular and other specialty organisations from around the world, as well as sessions with input from internationally renowned journals, ESC associations and councils. Also features cardiopulmonary resuscitation workshops.

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Meet and Share Forum

Organised by WHF, the forum is relevant for foundation and association teams, including CEOs, communications teams, strategy planning or innovation teams, as well as national decision-makers, policy health officials and representatives from patient organisations. It is an opportunity to share experiences and national strategies, identify key challenges and address them.

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Highlight Sessions 

Wednesday, 4 September

Congress Condensed Sessions 

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

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines 2019 in the Main Auditorium.
Basic Science
General Cardiology

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ESC Congress Highlight Session

This is 'the' session to attend before heading home to your practice! In just under two hours, leading experts present the most important take-home messages across all cardiovascular topics from the presentations made during ESC 2019. Starts at 10:15 in the Main Auditorium.