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British Cardiovascular Society

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

United Kingdom, 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, 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 2018-2021

President: Prof. Simon Ray, FESC

Past-President: Dr S. Clarke, FESC

Honorary Secretary: Prof. Nick Linker, FESC

Treasurer: Dr David Walker, FESC

Key information

Number of members: 2461

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

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Upcoming events

  • Thursday 28 - Friday 29 March 2019 (2 Days)
    28/03/2019 00:00 29/03/2019 00:00 Europe/Paris 5th European Transesophageal Echocardiography Course on Congenital Heart Disease true DD/MM/YYYY
    London - United Kingdom

    This two-day programme is designed to take registrants from the basics of normal hearts and simple congenital heart disease to a hands-on imaging workshop in the afternoon.

  • Thursday 04 - Saturday 06 April 2019 (3 Days)
    04/04/2019 00:00 06/04/2019 00:00 Europe/Paris EACVI Teaching Course on CMR in Congenital and Paediatric Heart Disease London - United Kingdom European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging true DD/MM/YYYY
    European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
    London - United Kingdom

    First course on CMR in Congenital and Paediatric Heart Disease organised by the EACVI and the only one in Europe. Only 30 seats available.

  • Monday 03 - Wednesday 05 June 2019 (3 Days)
    03/06/2019 00:00 05/06/2019 00:00 Europe/Paris British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference 2019 London - United Kingdom true DD/MM/YYYY
  • Saturday 31 August - Wednesday 04 September 2019 (5 Days)
    31/08/2019 00:00 04/09/2019 00:00 Europe/Paris ESC Congress 2019 together with World Congress of Cardiology London - United Kingdom European Society of Cardiology true DD/MM/YYYY
    European Society of Cardiology
  • Sunday 17 - Tuesday 19 November 2019 (3 Days)
    17/11/2019 00:00 19/11/2019 00:00 Europe/Paris PCR London Valves 2019 Paris - France European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions true DD/MM/YYYY
    London - United Kingdom