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Heart Healthy Cities

Round table during ESC Congress 2019 together with World Congress of Cardiology

02/09/2019 14:00 02/09/2019 18:00 Europe/Paris Heart Healthy Cities Ville de Paris DD/MM/YYYY

ESC Advocacy is actively involving cities in taking concrete steps to tackle cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in urban areas, while raising heart health on the political agenda.

About the event

Heart-Healthy-Cities-Horizontal-RGB.jpgDuring ESC Congress 2019 together with World Congress of Cardiology, the ESC, in partnership with the French Society of Cardiology and the City of Paris, will organise the first Heart Healthy Cities Round Table.

Taking into consideration the growing world population in urban areas together with the increasing evidence linking urban environments (air/noise pollution) and lifestyles to cardiovascular disease, ESC Advocacy wants to contribute to ensure concrete steps in tackling heart disease in urban areas.

To achieve this, the ESC is engaged in a constant dialogue with local, national and EU decision-makers to promote evidence-based policies which support cardiovascular health and ensure access to the best care to all citizens.

With the Heart Healthy Cities Round Table, ESC Advocacy will bring together scientists and city representatives, to support the identification and implementation of effective measures for the promotion of healthier urban environments, while raising awareness among citizens.

Our intention is for the Heart Healthy Cities initiative to become a rolling event taking place annually during the ESC Congress.


The Heart Health Cities event will take place on Monday 2 September, 14:00 – 18:00 at Paris Hôtel de Ville.

3 Rue de Lobau Paris 4e
75004 Paris – France

Registration is now open

Please note that registrations will be open until Thursday, 29 August at 12 AM CET.


Time Activity
14:00  Welcome and Introduction
  • Ms. Anne Souyris, Deputy Mayor of Paris
  • Prof. Lina Badimon, Advocacy Chair, European Society of Cardiology
14:30  Session 1: The heart: the main beneficiary of better air quality - Moderated by Ms. Nathalie Croisé
Scientific interventions:
  • Air pollution is more detrimental than smoking for heart health (10’)
    Prof. Thomas Münzel, Director of the Cardiology Clinic, University of Mainz (Germany)
  • Cardiovascular risk and air pollution: what's new? (10’)
    Prof. Marianne Zeller, Chair "Observatoire des infarctus du myocarde de Côte d'Or" (RICO) survey, University of Bourgogne-Franche Comté (France)
  • Air pollution and children’s heart (10’)
    Prof. Ilonca Vaartjes, Associate Professor Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Julius Center - UMC Utrecht (the Netherlands)
Panel discussion with representatives from the cities of:
  • Paris - Ms Anne Souyris, Deputy Mayor of Paris
  • Amsterdam
  • London - Ms Joanne McCartney, Statutory Deputy Mayor of London
16:00  Session 2: Sudden Cardiac Death: the importance of first response to save lives - Moderated by Dr. Alain Ducardonnet
Scientific interventions:
  • Sudden cardiac death: prevention and intervention (10’)
    Prof. François Carré, Professor of Cardiology, Hôpital Pontchaillou - Université Rennes 1 – INSERM, Rennes (France)
  • Sudden Death Expertise Center: awareness and action in Paris (10’)
    Prof. Xavier Jouven, Director of the Reference Centre for Sudden Death in the Paris Region, Cardiology Department, European Hospital Georges-Pompidou-AP-HP, Paris (France)
  • CPR and use of defibrillators before the arrival of professional aid (10’)
    Dr. Clément Derkenne, Medical Head of the Paris Fire Brigade, Paris (France)
  • Public access defibrillation: location is key (10’)
    Prof Ramon Brugada, Director of the Cardiology Clinic, Hospital Trueta; Professor of Cardiology, University of Girona (Spain)
Panel discussion with representatives from the cities of:
  • Paris - Ms. Anne Souyris, Deputy Mayor of Paris
  • Amsterdam
  • London - Ms Joanne McCartney, Statutory Deputy Mayor of London
17:30  Call to Action and Conclusions
  • Prof Martine Gilard, President of the French Society of Cardiology
Hand-over of the Heart Healthy Cities testimonial from Paris to Amsterdam and London