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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: Prof. Nick Linker, 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

  • Monday 01 - Wednesday 03 June 2020 (3 Days)
    01/06/2020 00:00 03/06/2020 00:00 Europe/Paris British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference 2020 true DD/MM/YYYY
    Endorsed by the British Cardiovascular Society
    Manchester - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Saturday 29 August - Wednesday 02 September 2020 (5 Days)
    29/08/2020 00:00 02/09/2020 00:00 Europe/Paris ESC Congress 2020 Manchester - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland European Society of Cardiology true DD/MM/YYYY
    European Society of Cardiology
    Amsterdam - Netherlands