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British Cardiovascular Society

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

United Kingdom, GB


The British Cardiovascular Society is a charitable organisation involved in education, the setting of clinical standards and research into heart and circulatory diseases. Its membership is principally UK cardiologists but includes cardiac surgeons, other 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 2015-2018

President: Dr S. Clarke, FESC
Past-President: Dr I. Simpson, FESC
Secretary: Dr R Henderson
Treasurer: Dr David Walker

Key information

Number of members: 5188
Year of Foundation: 1922
ESC Member since: 1950

Heart is the official journal of the British Cardiovascular Society and has been published 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

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines endorsed by your National Society




Upcoming events

  • Sunday 24 - Tuesday 26 September 2017 (3 Days)

    London - United Kingdom

    This Course is now established as the world’s largest educational meeting focused on the care of patients with valvular heart disease and specifically addressing the rapidly growing specialty of percutaneous valve intervention. 2017 will focus on The Heart Team Course - focus on transcatheter therapies for valvular heart disease.

  • Sunday 01October 2017 - Sunday 30 September 2018 (365 Days)

    London - United Kingdom

    This unique programme addresses the increasing demand for individuals with an in-depth knowledge of this discipline. The programme is delivered in collaboration with an internationally renowned consortium, giving you access to expertise limited to only a few centres around the world. The active involvement of key figures from sporting organisations facilitates innovative educational projects, enhancing your practical experience and cultivating your leadership skills.

    Visit St George's University's website to learn more about the course programme.

    Scientific Programme endorsed by the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology.

  • Friday 06 - Saturday 07 October 2017 (2 Days)

    Greater London - United Kingdom

    This two day course, Clinical Workshop on Cardiac MR Stress Imaging offers dedicated, intense, individualised and hands-on training and case-based learning.

  • Wednesday 01 November 2017

    Edinburgh - United Kingdom

    This conference will include many current dilemmas within cardiology including: mitral valve disease, cardio-oncology ACHD, device therapies and myocarditis.

  • Tuesday 07 - Wednesday 08 November 2017 (2 Days)

    London - United Kingdom

    The goal of Europe AF 2017 is to present contemporary knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of Atrial Fibrillation to a diverse audience of medical professionals so that they will understand:

    • How to investigate patients suspected of suffering from AF
    • When to start and how to choose drug therapy for AF
    • When and how to anticoagulate and reduce stroke risk in patients with AF
    • How to choose treatment that is appropriate for each individual AF patient
    • When to refer patients for AF ablation
    • How to perform AF ablation safely and effectively
    • The various options for mapping and ablating AF
    • The role of new therapies for AF
  • Thursday 23 - Friday 24 November 2017 (2 Days)

    London - United Kingdom

    Three decades of heart failure

  • Saturday 25 - Wednesday 29 August 2018 (5 Days)

    European Society of Cardiology
    München - Germany
  • Thursday 04 - Saturday 06 October 2018 (3 Days)

    Working Group on Thrombosis

    EuroThrombosis is the official meeting of the ESC Working Group on Thrombosis.

    Keep updated on Barcelona 2018 edition on the official website