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ESC Congress 2018 press programme brings latest news in cardiology

ESC Congress 2018 will be held 25 to 29 August in Munich, Germany

Sophia Antipolis, 28 June 2018. The ESC Congress 2018 press programme is announced today. Journalists are invited to six late breaking science press conferences plus three press conferences with the themes:

  • Is this really good for you? Challenging conventional wisdom 
  • The ZZZs of heart health: the art of good sleeping
  • The mind and the heart

Is cutting down on carbohydrates beneficial for health? Is “good” cholesterol good after all? What about endurance exercise? Maybe we should all be taking more holidays. Find the answers to Is this really good for you? in a dedicated press conference.

Stay tuned for The art of good sleeping press conference which will reveal whether there is an ideal amount of sleep for heart health and what kind of music you should listen to before going to sleep.

Discover the impact of mental status on outcomes of patients with heart disease in the press conference The mind and the heart, where the hidden impact of atrial fibrillation on the brain will be discussed, and whether survival from cardiac arrest is influenced by psychiatric conditions.

Professor Steen Kristensen, Chairperson of the ESC Media Committee, said: “Don’t miss this year’s press programme, which is full of lifestyle tips to improve heart health. We will also present exciting late breaking science, including the first reported findings from large clinical trials.”

A total of 92 late breaking science presentations will be given including 17 Late Breaking Clinical Trials, six Clinical Trial Updates, and 20 Registries. Late breaking sessions will also be held in interventional cardiology, pharmacological science, imaging, telemedicine, arrhythmias and electrophysiology, heart failure, and basic and translational science. Some of the studies to look out for are:

  • ARRIVE - Aspirin to Reduce Risk of Initial Vascular Events
  • ASCEND - Randomized trial of aspirin versus placebo for primary cardiovascular prevention in 15,480 people with diabetes & Randomized trial of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) versus placebo for primary cardiovascular prevention in 15,480 people with diabetes
  • BASKET-SMALL 2 - Drug-Coated Balloons vs. Drug- Eluting Stents in Small Vessel Interventions
  • CAMELLIA-TIMI 61 - Cardiovascular and Metabolic Effects of Lorcaserin in Overweight and Obese Patients-Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction 61
  • COMMANDER HF - Randomized Study Comparing Rivaroxaban with Placebo in Subjects with Heart Failure and Significant Coronary Artery Disease Following an Episode of Decompensated Heart Failure
  • High-STEACS - High-Sensitivity Troponin in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • MARINER - Medically Ill Patient Assessment of Rivaroxaban Versus Placebo IN Reducing Post-Discharge Venous Thrombo-Embolism Risk
  • The study - a randomised controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of percutaneous mitral valve repair in secondary mitral regurgitation and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction
  • PURE - Association of dietary quality and risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in more than 218,000 people from over 50 countries

ESC Congress is the world’s largest meeting on cardiovascular disease. Around 31,000 healthcare professionals and 500 journalists from 150 countries are expected to attend the five day event. More than 500 scientific sessions will explore over 400 topics in themed villages and original science will be presented in the abstracts, of which the best were selected from more than 11,000 submissions. Explore the scientific programme

ESC Congress 2018 will be held at the Messe München. Enter the congress centre using the West Entrance (the main entrance for the Congress). Once your badge has been printed you will have access to our exclusive web page for on-site press where you can obtain embargoed material.

1) You must apply online to get two years of press accreditation before registering.

2) Once you are accredited by the ESC Press Office, you can register for ESC Congress 2018 as press.

The ESC provides a fully equipped Press Zone and dedicated facilities for journalists attending ESC Congress 2018. This includes a Press Working Area, a Conference Room and two Interview Rooms for registered press. The Press Conference programme will begin on Saturday 25 August 2018 at 10:00 (Opening Press Conference) and continue throughout ESC Congress 2018. 

Press releases will be available here when the embargo lifts. Embargoed press releases will be available on an exclusive web page (for on-site press).  No paper versions will be available but there will be e-printers in the Press Working Area.

For all studies, including late breaking science, the embargo is lifted at the start of the scientific session in which the presentation/study is scheduled.

Please check the new ESC filming and recording policy in the
ESC media and embargo policy.


  • Friday 24 August 12:00 (noon) to 18:30
  • Saturday 25 August 8:00 to 18:30
  • Sunday 26 August 7:00 to 18:30
  • Monday 27 August 7:00 to 18:30
  • Tuesday 28 August 7:00 to 18:30
  • Wednesday 29 August 8:00 to 12:00


ESC Congress 2018 is being held at the Messe München. Please use the West Entrance.

The closest airport is Munich Airport.

The nearest metro station is Messestadt West.

See the travel options from the airport and city centre to the congress venue.



Notes to editor

Authors: ESC Press Office
Tel: +33 (0)4 8987 2499


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.

About ESC Congress 2018

ESC Congress is the world’s largest and most influential cardiovascular event contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries. ESC Congress 2018 takes place 25 to 29 August at the Messe München in Munich, Germany. Explore the scientific programme. More information is available from the ESC Press Office at