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ESC Council on Stroke

ESC Heart and Stroke 2021 - Resources available

The ESC Heart & Stroke conference was held online in June 2021, under Prof. Jan Kovac’s direction.

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Council on Stroke: Who we are

  • Over 2,400 members worldwide
  • Over 35 volunteers in the Council's Nucleus & Board

Council on Stroke: the origins

While effective treatment of acute myocardial infarction substantially improved the outcomes of the vast majority of patients during the last 10-15 years, acute stroke remains a major thread with high mortality and/or permanent disability. The incidence of acute stroke is similar to the incidence of acute coronary syndromes, but the outcomes of stroke patients are significantly worse. The rising body of evidence shows, that at least 30-50% (probably even more – this depends on the diagnostic approach) of ischemic strokes are caused by the heart disease (atrial fibrillation, valvular or congenital heart disease, infective endocarditis, etc.). Therefore, effective diagnosis and treatment of many heart diseases has the potential to significantly contribute to stroke prevention. Furthermore, several randomized trials recently demonstrated that immediate restoration of cerebral blood flow by combined pharmacological and mechanical (endovascular) techniques significantly improves the outcome of patients with ischemic stroke caused by a major artery occlusion.

Thus, in 2016 the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) created the ESC Council on Stroke as a multidisciplinary constituent body to promote the interdisciplinary cooperation, education, research on stroke with the ultimate goal of reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.

Council objectives:

  • The promotion, organisation and/or coordination of educational activities and research on cerebrovascular disease and stroke
  • The contribution towards the scientific programme of the annual ESC Congress and other ESC scientific meetings and symposia
  • The establishment of links with “sister” societies, the organisation of scientific meetings and contribution to joint sessions and focused workshops
  • The contribution (with sister societies) to the development and implementation of ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • The development of position papers or consensus documents in collaboration with sister societies
  • The establishment of links with patient organisations and development of educational tools directed to patients as well as physicians
  • The organisation of an annual or bi-annual scientific meeting

ESC Councils' Internal Governance Procedures

Consensus Document of the ESC Council on Stroke and the ESC Cardiovascular round table

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Consensus document of the of the ESC Council on Stroke and the ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy

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Position Paper

Council on Stroke Position Paper published in the European Heart Journal

The role of cardiologists in stroke prevention and treatment: position paper of the European Society of Cardiology Council on Stroke

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ESC Congress 2020

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