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British Cardiovascular Society

The British Cardiovascular Society is a member of the European Society of Cardiology

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, GB


As a member of the British Cardiovascular Society, you are automatically a member of the European Society of Cardiology and the ESC Community.

The British Cardiovascular Society is a charitable organisation involved in education and the setting of clinical standards and research into heart and circulatory diseases. Its membership is principally made up of UK cardiologists but also includes cardiac surgeons, doctors and healthcare professionals.

The British Heart Foundation is a major national charity which plays a leading role in the fight against heart and circulatory disease and is the largest independent founder of heart research in the UK. The Foundation also plays an important role in funding education, both of the public and of health professionals, and in providing life-saving cardiac equipment and support for rehabilitation and patient care.


Board 2018-2021

President: Prof. Simon Ray, FESC

Past-President: Dr. S. Clarke, FESC

Honorary Secretary: D. Guy Lloyd, FESC

Treasurer: Dr. Derek Harrington

Key information

Number of members: 3245

Year of Foundation: 1922

ESC Member since: 1950


Heart is the official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society and has been published  in English since 1939. 

Published by BMJ, Heart is an international peer reviewed journal that keeps cardiologists up to date with advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, through 24 issues a year. Topics cover the breadth of cardiovascular disease with special emphasis on valve disease, congenital heart disease, and inherited cardiovascular conditions as well as coronary disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, imaging, epidemiology, global health, genomics and translational science.

Each issue contains original scientific articles with accompanying editorials, reviews of recent advances in clinical and translational cardiovascular science, an extensive EBAC-accredited continuing professional education section (Education in Heart), the Image Challenge series of image-based cases with multiple choice questions, and JournalScan summarizing important papers published in other journals. Fur further information, please visit

Heart promotes active interchange among researchers and readers to come together as a community to advance science and improve patient care via regular free audio podcasts, letters to the Editor, and news via Twitter and Facebook

Editor in Chief: Catherine Otto


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Upcoming events

  • Sunday 27 - Wednesday 30 September 2020 (4 Days)
    27/09/2020 08:00 30/09/2020 19:00 Europe/Paris Arrhythmia Alliance Heart Rhythm Congress 2020 DD/MM/YYYY
    Birmingham - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    A-A Heart Rhythm Congress (HRC) provides unrivalled opportunity for health care professionals interested in the management of arrhythmias to share effective practice, showcase innovation, learn about latest developments and network with UK & international delegates.

    This year's congress will be hosted online. The HRC 2020 website with complimentary access. These will be available to watch ‘on demand’ at times convenient to you.

  • Friday 11 December 2020
    11/12/2020 00:00 11/12/2020 00:00 Europe/Paris A Year in Cardiology 2020 - event held by the British Cardiovascular Society Birmingham - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland true DD/MM/YYYY
  • Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 March 2021 (3 Days)
    11/03/2021 00:00 13/03/2021 00:00 Europe/Paris EACVI Teaching Course on CMR in Congenital and Paediatric Heart Disease Birmingham - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging true DD/MM/YYYY
    European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
    London - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    2nd edition of the teaching course on CMR in CHD, the only one in Europe.