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ESC Congress 2013: Record number of Hot Line submissions

Four Hot Line Sessions this year.

The total number of abstracts submitted to ESC Congress 2013 was 10,491, a near record. They came from 88 countries around the globe. Hot Line submissions reached a record 227. New this year: four Hot Line sessions (and press conferences).

Sophia Antipolis, 08 August 2013: ESC Congress 2013 has received a record number of Hot Line submissions and nearly 10,500 abstract submissions. The world’s premier cardiovascular congress promises to unveil the latest in international cardiovascular science and will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 31 August to 4 September 2013.

The Scientific Programme is available here.
Journalists can anticipate a packed press programme, with four Hot Lines press conferences and seven additional press conferences covering the latest issues in cardiovascular science including obesity and aortic stenosis. The opening press conference will be held on Saturday 31 August at 11am.

Around 650 journalists are expected to attend. Delegate pre-registrations are up on last year and numbers are set to reach more than 30,000.

The total number of abstracts submitted to ESC Congress 2013 was 10,491, a near record. They came from 88 countries around the globe. Hot Line submissions reached a record 227.

“We only had room for 4,215 abstracts and 67 Hot Lines in the programme so these were highly scored for scientific quality,” said Professor Keith Fox, Chairperson of the ESC Congress Programme Committee.

The highly anticipated and newsworthy Hot Lines sessions will showcase the latest results from clinical trials, registries, and basic and translational science. Studies include:

  • Hokusai VTE study - new treatment for venous thromboembolism
  • PRAMI – novel concept of preventive angioplasty in myocardial infarction
  • LINC study – comparison of mechanical and manual CPR in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
  • PURE – risk factors, CVD incidence and mortality in high, middle and low income countries
  • EXAMINE and SAVOR-TIMI 53 – two novel studies in diabetes
  • Centenary of the Tour de France Group – mortality of French participants during 1947-2012
  • AQUARIUS study - novel renin inhibitor aliskiren and progression of coronary atherosclerosis
  • BIC-8 - novel use of cardiac troponin and copeptin to rule out acute coronary syndrome

Professor Fox said:

“It’s a really exciting, diverse collection of Hot Lines with novel findings, new treatments, and the potential to change practice in cardiology.”

“Rapid Fire” abstracts are new this year and will disclose more scientific findings for journalists and delegates in a fast-paced session. Short presentations in the hub of the congress centre will be followed by a discussion of findings around plasma screens.

Other exciting sessions will be held on sudden death in athletes, cardiology and oncology, and new insights on inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

More than one quarter of the submitted abstracts were connected to this year’s Spotlight, “The heart interacting with systemic organs”. Professor Fox said:

“In the past there has been the danger of us working in silos so the congress will create connections between topics and people.”

He added: “We’ve had a record number of abstract submissions. We have picked the best ones for the congress, which are at the forefront of new science, innovations and novel treatments in cardiology.”

The ESC President, Professor Panos Vardas, concluded:

“ESC Congress is the most important event on the cardiovascular calendar. This year promises the latest science and news in cardiovascular science and should not be missed.”


The scientific programme is available here.
The final programme can be found here.
The press conference schedule can be found here.

Notes to editor

About ESC Congress 2013
ESC Congress is currently the world’s premier conference on the science, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease. ESC Congress 2013 takes place 31 August to 4 September at the Amsterdam RAI congress centre.

About press registration and facilities
- Press conferences will be available on live streaming, but there will be no call-in facilities.
- Online registration is now closed
- On-site registration opens 30 August 2013 in Amsterdam. Journalists need to provide a press card and sign the embargo form. 
- The ESC provides a fully equipped press centre at the ESC Congress. This includes the official ESC press conference room, exclusive press working area, catering, interview rooms and press offices.