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Best of ESC Congress 2021 – The Digital Experience


Sophia Antipolis, France – 30 Aug 2021: “ESC Congress is a celebration of science,” said Professor Stephan Achenbach, ESC President. “Across four days we discovered the latest research findings that will impact cardiovascular practice and improve patient care in a scientific bonanza like no other.”

More than 39,000 health professionals from 169 countries registered to tune into live and on-demand scientific presentations covering the full spectrum of cardiovascular medicine. The 20 Hot Lines showcased the most highly anticipated clinical trial results, and scientists from over 88 countries presented their research in nearly 3,700 abstracts. The US led the way with the most abstracts. No less than 46 studies were simultaneously published in prestigious journals.

Professor Stephan Windecker, Congress Programme Chair said: “Each afternoon the Prime Time Programme featured prominent science and guidelines live from the ESC studio. This year’s exciting Hot Lines included EMPEROR-Preserved, MASTER DAPT, ENVISAGE-TAVI AF, FIGARO-DKD, TOMAHAWK, ACST-2, SSaSS, IAMI and STEP – to name a few.”

“Four new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines were launched in heart failure, valvular heart disease, cardiac pacing and resynchronisation, and cardiovascular disease prevention. With essential messages presented by task force chairs and a panel of experts exploring the implications for clinical practice.”

“This year’s spotlight, Sudden Cardiac Death, emphasised one of the most important public health issues affecting people of any age, with and without known heart disease. Novel science was also revealed in the extensive abstract-based programme. Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, the congress received thousands of submissions of outstanding quality from across the globe.”

“The sessions were not just one-way presentations. There were plenty of opportunities for scientific exchange between delegates and expert faculty through the discussion chats and live Q&A sessions – for a truly interactive congress connecting health professionals around the world,” said Professor Windecker.

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ESC Congress 2021 generated considerable international press coverage. Popular stories for the general public included:

ESC Congress 2021 is closing its doors, but ESC staff are already getting ready for ESC Congress 2022, to be held in Barcelona, Spain from 26 to 29 August 2022.

See you next year!


Notes to editor

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About the European Society of Cardiology

The ESC brings together health care professionals from more than 150 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people to live longer, healthier lives.

About ESC Congress 2021 - The Digital Experience

It is the world’s largest gathering of cardiovascular professionals, disseminating ground-breaking science in a new digital format. Online each day – from 27 to 30 August. Explore the scientific programme. More information is available from the ESC Press Office at