Get ready for cutting-edge science on heart health throughout life at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2022, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The annual congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC), a branch of the ESC, takes place 7 to 9 April online. Explore the scientific programme.
Novel research will be presented in the scientific abstracts including data on insomnia and heart disease, weight loss strategies for women, prevention of chemotherapy-induced heart damage in patients with cancer, and much more.
Featuring live sessions with practice-changing science covering all fields of preventive cardiology and opportunities to quiz the experts. Among them: managing obesity throughout life1 – including how pregnant women can protect their child’s heart health, the best approach to weight loss in obese children, and the challenges of food advertising and social media. Dr. Nicolle Kraenkel, congress chairperson said: “Maternal behaviours during pregnancy may have an impact on the eating behaviour and health of the child later on. In addition, becoming obese early in life kick-starts the premature development of type 2 diabetes, liver disease and cardiovascular disease.” Professor Ana Abreu, congress chairperson said: “This session will also show healthcare providers how to demystify claims that a food product is ‘healthy’ to help the public make good choices.”
Is there “good” and “bad” food for the heart? Or even “the ideal diet” for each one of us? Find out in a lively debate session.2 “Different individual ‘superfoods’ have been promoted over the years but focusing on ‘one good food’ (or food component) risks ignoring our need for the whole range of nutrients,” said Dr.Kraenkel. “This session will also challenge the hypothesis that personalised dietary recommendations can be derived based on a person’s genetic code only.”
It’s never too late to adopt positive lifestyle habits. Don’t miss the session on nutrition and physical activity for healthy ageing, with exercise advice for the oldest old.3 “Exercise and nutrition guidance should be tailored according to age, but the over 80s have often been excluded from clinical trials,” noted Professor Abreu. “Supporting the oldest old to remain independent and have a good quality of life will benefit individuals, their families and society as a whole, and at the same time will contribute to decreasing health inequalities.”
Can COVID-19 survivors with heart complications return to sports?4 Get up-to-the-minute scientific evidence on safely resuming sporting activities, which sports, at what intensity, and so on. Plus how to manage patients with long COVID who may suffer from fatigue, declining physical fitness, and cardiac and respiratory problems.
Also on the agenda: how the mind affects the heart and vice versa.5 Professor Abreu pointed out: “Psychological and cardiovascular health are related in many ways and there is increasing evidence that they share similar biological processes. With the pandemic we have seen an increase in social isolation and depression so it is timely to address mental health and heart disease.”
Do women need a different approach to exercise than men? Discover the answer in a session dedicated to prevention and management of cardiovascular disease in women – including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and raising awareness.6
Are heat-not-burn and electronic cigarettes less harmful than traditional smoking? Get the latest information from key opinion leaders in a session devoted to kicking the habit.7 Including insights on the most effective psychological support. “Successfully quitting requires tackling the misconception that some tobacco products are not so bad,” said Professor Abreu. “Tobacco in any form is detrimental to health and users need motivation and multidisciplinary support to give up.”
This year’s spotlight theme "Implementing innovation in preventive cardiology" will be covered in multiple sessions exploring emerging technologies,8 policymaking and advocacy,9 and a sneak preview of findings from the InterAspire study on the practical application of guidelines in real life.10 Also, the large European multicentre CoroPrevention study will be presented, focused on personalised digital prevention and innovative techniques to improve long-term adherence in coronary patients.11
ESC Preventive Cardiology 2022 is designed for allied health professionals, cardiologists, general practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. Register as press now and receive news releases from the leading international congress on preventive cardiology.