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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.



President: Prof. John Greenwood

Past-President: Prof. Simon Ray, FESC

Vice President Education & Research: Prof. Andre Ng, FESC

Vice President Corporate Finance & Development: Dr. Cara Hendry

Vice President Clinical Standards: Dr. Andrew Archbold

Vice President Training: Dr. Alison Calver

Honorary Secretary: Dr. Guy Lloyd, FESC

Treasurer: Dr. Derek Harrington

Key information

Number of members: 2602

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: Prof. Kazem Rahimi 

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Upcoming events

  • Friday 30 August - Monday 02 September 2024 (4 Days)
    30/08/2024 00:00 02/09/2024 00:00 Europe/Paris ESC Congress 2024

    European Society of Cardiology true DD/MM/YYYY
    European Society of Cardiology
    London - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • Wednesday 04 - Friday 06 September 2024 (3 Days)
    04/09/2024 00:00 06/09/2024 00:00 Europe/Paris EACVI Teaching Course on CMR in Congenital and Paediatric Heart Disease London - 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

    The course is designed for clinical cardiologists, paediatric cardiologists, adult congenital heart disease specialists and radiologists, with an interest in CMR in congenital and paediatric heart disease.

    The programme encompasses a mix of interactive lectures, video teaching, scanner optimisation and hands-on practical using dedicated workstations performed directly by attendees.

    There will be a series of topic-based core sessions that will include an interactive lecture, anatomy specimen demonstration and hands-on cases related to the topic on dedicated workstations.

    In total 15-20 cases will be shown which can be used for EACVI log-book accreditation pathways (both CMR and CMR CHD) provided the maximum number of course cases is not exceeded for accreditation purposes.