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ESC Council on Stroke


ESC Heart & Stroke 2020: International Conference of the Council on Stroke

ESC Heart & Stroke 2020

24-25 January 2020, Barcelona, Spain

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Join this unique meeting in Europe and meet experts from various specialties involved in stroke care: cardiologists, neurologists, vascular surgeons, interventional neuroradiologists…

Council on Stroke: Who we are

  • Over 1300 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

Top News!

A new course in acute stroke interventions organised by ESMINT and ESO and open for interventional cardiologists

We invite the ESC Council on Stroke members and also any other interventional cardiologists with interest in stroke treatment to consider participation in this new course.
This course is the first bridge from the neuro-community to the cardio-community and as such is very important for future development of close contacts between doctors of all specializations interested to improve the outcomes of stroke patients.
More details are on the course website

The ESC Council on Stroke supports any activity aimed to open the multidisciplinary cooperation in stroke.


Prof. Petr Widimsky, MD., DrSc., FESC.
ESC Council on Stroke Chairperson 2016-18

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

Read the Position Paper

ESC Congress 2018

Access Stroke resources