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ESC Atlas of Cardiology

The ESC Atlas of Cardiology (Atlas) is a unique and ambitious initiative provides the evidence needed to improve decision-making, patient care and bridge the gap between policies and realities.

The Atlas maps, analyses and compares from a cardiovascular perspective, the status of the healthcare systems in more than 40 countries whose National Cardiovascular Societies are members of the ESC. It presents the evidence of trends, disparities, gaps and associations between fundamental variables, which can be used to elicit valuable insights for evidence-based health policy in cardiology. 

Atlas reveals the serious disparities in service provision and cardiovascular outcomes across systems, as well as significant issues in health care management and many other gaps existing in Europe. All data converge to reinforce the need to make cardiovascular disease the number one health priority for any decision maker. 

The Atlas helps the ESC to better fulfil its mission

The Atlas provides the ESC and its institutional members with a wealth of robust evidence, analyses and comparisons. It will inform new and stronger ESC recommendations as well as calls for action, supporting our efforts to shape cardiovascular policy and, regulation. The ESC and its participating member societies will provide key decision-makers with better elements than ever before that will inevitably influence the allocation of funds for prevention, treatment, education and research. 

The Atlas reinforces further the ESC and participating member societies unified call for harmonisation of standards of care to achieve best possible patient outcomes across Europe.

What subscribers can see in the Atlas

Depending on their subscription level, subscribers may

  • Profile the status of cardiology in a specific region (eg number of cardiologists/centres/services)
  • Identify and follow trends, gaps, inequalities
  • Monitor impact of policies on CVD service & outcomes
  • Study best practice, optimal levels & determinants of care & outcomes
  • Evaluate health system organisation impacts on CVD care & outcomes
  • Assess how spending and investment in health care systems impact how cardiology is practised

Atlas is a unique and comprehensive database built on 350 quantitative and qualitative variables for each of the ESC participating member countries related to the economy, the demographics, the healthcare system, the health care policies and the status of cardiology in these countries. 

The E-Atlas

The E-Atlas is a powerful interactive website, designed to enable ad hoc viewing and to build your own comparative graphs and tables. For authorized users only, 


  1. Disparities in service provision across systems

    Note: Some of the variations across countries are due to different classification systems and recording practices.
    Source: OECD Health Statistics 2014
     Eurostat Statistics Database


  2. Disparities in CV outcomes

    Source: Eurostat Statistics Database

Country Profiles

Countries profiles are mini-reports showing a snapshot of general information, healthcare system characteristics and essential quantitative and qualitative cardiovascular data. 

Country Presentations

This 200-slide strong tool-kit provides summary tables, easy to read graphs and comparisons extracted from the Atlas.


This large report presents indicators, graphs and comparative analyses based on the entire dataset. It is designed to show disparities, trends, and drivers in cardiac care in Europe.

Who can access the Atlas?

Organisations can subscribe to Atlas. To find out more contact

Data sources

Data on economies, health, risk factors, demographics, several socioeconomic indicators, system structure and system policies are collected from international sources from the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by the staff of the Health Policy Unit (HPU) of ESC for the latest year available
Data on physicians, intervention laboratories, hospital beds, number of interventions are collected from local sources by the participating ESC MemberNational Cardiac National Societies

Data processing

Data are collected in a standardized manner and are checked for their quality and plausibility.
A dedicated team of ESC experts and biostatistician undertakes quality controls, collates the data, undertakes standards and ad hoc analyses and prepares reports.