Rome, 25 August 2016: The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is deeply saddened by the considerable loss of life and destruction from the earthquake which struck central Italy yesterday.
Hardest hit were the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche, approximately 150 kilometers northeast of Rome.
The ESC is currently preparing its major scientific congress in Rome which begins Saturday, 27 August. There was no damage to congress facilities or any other structures in the Italian capital, and ESC Congress 2016 is proceeding as planned.
More than 32,000 healthcare professionals from around the world will meet for five days to exchange the latest advances in the fight against cardiovascular disease.
At the congress venue, provisions will be made so that attendees wishing to make donations to those in need will find an opportunity to do so.