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Should I cut down on carbs? Find out at EuroHeartCare 2019

2 to 4 May in Milan, Italy

Association of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professions
Nutrition, Malnutrition and Heart Disease
Physical Inactivity and Exercise

Should I cut down on carbs? Find out at EuroHeartCare 2019. It’s just one of many topics covered during the inaugural annual scientific congress of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professions (ACNAP), a branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

This international scientific meeting will be held 2 to 4 May at the Milano Convention Centre (MiCo) in Italy.

Explore the scientific programme and discover new research on how lifestyle behaviours and mental health affect heart health.

The event features 300 novel studies, among them: 

  • The effect of cancer drugs on the heart.
  • More dangers of secondhand smoke.
  • How heart failure patients can keep their mind sharp.
  • Impact of living alone after cardiac surgery.
  • Depression and appetite levels in patients with heart failure.
  • Do people really know what constitutes healthy behaviour? Who scores best and worst?
  • How anxiety after heart attack affects eating habits.
  • Effects of iron deficiency and underactive thyroid on outcomes after heart attack.
  • A novel exercise programme for heart failure inpatients.
  • How a positive outlook after heart attack affects behaviour change.


EuroHeartCare is the event to attend for cardiovascular nurses and allied professionals. This year’s event will attract more than 600 from over 40 countries. Some 80 opinion leaders from across the globe will discuss state-of-the art research and practice across three days and 20 sessions.

Of particular interest: Dietary controversies: the truth about diet – low carbs, fasting, and high fat diets.1 Results from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study on carbohydrates and saturated fat are hotly debated and fuelled a feeding frenzy on social media. Separate fact from fiction with experts from dietetics, nutritional sciences and cardiology with audience interaction and mobile app voting.

Also on the agenda: Low carbohydrate “ketogenic” diets and fasting are in vogue but are they good for health? Programme chair Dr Jennifer Jones said: “Cardiovascular disease is largely avoidable and diet is a cornerstone of prevention. It is also pivotal to management of patients with cardiovascular disease. The ESC has clear guidance on dietary recommendations for both scenarios.2 This session will debate these topical issues on diet and determine what is sound advice.”

A look at new technologies: Mobile health apps are a rapidly growing field together with novel approaches to health such as gaming. “There’s a rising tide of cardiovascular risk drivers – for example obesity and type 2 diabetes – and digital health can promote wellness and self management,” said Dr Jones. “Even simple things like text reminders – to take medicines for instance – influence behaviour, as does goal setting and rewards.”

Digital health brings opportunities in population screening, such as identifying people with conditions like atrial fibrillation who can then be treated to prevent stroke. And it provides data to health professionals, for instance how much activity people really do. “This type of monitoring can be very informative for clinicians and help them develop tailored approaches,” said Dr Jones. “The aim with digital health is to enhance, rather than necessarily replace, face-to-face contact with health professionals.”3

What does mental health have to do with it? On featured presentations about tai chi and yoga to improve cardiovascular health4,5 Dr Jones said: “Mental health, like diet, is pivotal to cardiovascular health. We will hear the latest data on how these alternative approaches come with physical and mental health gains.”


Notes to editor

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References and notes

1Dietary controversies: the truth about diet – low carbs, fasting and high fat diets on Saturday 4 May at 14:00 to 15:00 CEST in Lecture Room 3.

2Piepoli MF, Hoes AW, Agewall S, et al. 2016 European Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention in clinical practice. Eur Heart J. 2016;37:2315–2381. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehw106.

3Cowie MR, Bax J, Bruining N, et al. e-Health: a position statement of the European Society of Cardiology. Eur Heart J. 2016;37:63–66. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehv416.

4Approaches to optimising psychosocial health in cardiovascular care on Friday 3 May at 09:00 to 10:00 CEST in Lecture Room 1.

5What is new in the prevention and management of arrhythmias on Friday 3 May at 16:30 to 17:30 CEST in Lecture Room 3.


About the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professions

The mission of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professions (ACNAP) is to support nurses and allied professionals throughout Europe to deliver the best possible care to patients with cardiovascular disease and their families.

About EuroHeartCare

EuroHeartCare is the annual Congress of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professions (ACNAP) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology brings together health care professionals from more than 150 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.


Information for journalists attending EuroHeartCare 2019

EuroHeartCare 2019 will be held 2 to 4 May at the Milano Convention Centre (MiCo) in Milan, Italy. Explore the scientific programme.

  • Free registration applies to accredited press
  • Credentials: A valid press card or appropriate letter of assignment with proof of three recent published articles (cardiology or health-related, or referring to a previous ESC Event). Read the ESC media and embargo policy.
  • The ESC Press Office will verify the documents and confirm by email that your press accreditation is valid.
  • The decision of the ESC Press Office is final regarding all press registration requests