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The relationship between hospital specialists and community generalists is crucial for better cardiovascular health of populations. Primary care is the essential environment where disease risk or early disease presents and where strategies for disease prevention are most needed. Even for patients with established disease, much of routine follow up, advice on maintenance of better lifestyles, and better adherence to management are all roles which mainly fall to primary care. The ESC is committed to working more closely with primary care to optimize healthier patients in Europe and welcomes comments from generalists as to how the Society might best achieve worthwhile links.
The Council on Cardiovascular Primary Care is increasingly involved in multiple ESC guidelines. It plays a major role in the redaction of several guidelines - CVD prevention (co-chair), heart failure - and in the preparation of summaries for primary care. It also develops an educational program including conferences and webcasts.The Council collaborates with other ESC bodies:
The Council organises joint symposia during the ESC Congress, HFA congress, Europrevent and EuroHeartCare. It Co-organises many activities with our “sister” organisation, the EPCCS (European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society), a WONCA Europe (primary care organisation) special interest group. These activities include clinical Masterclass Cardiovascular Disease every year. In September 2014, this masterclass was held in Brussels (20 GPs attending). It also includes clinical consensus meetings. The 2014 edition was about "stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation".In collaboration with HFA, the Council organises each year Patient Care Workshop with 10 invited European Countries. The last edition was held in September 2014 in Rome.
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