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What We Do


The ESC's mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease


Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in Europe, accounting for 4 million deaths per year (47% of all mortalities) and costing the EU economy an estimated €196 billion annually.
Everything we do advances the prevention, diagnosis and management of diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

 The ESC disseminates evidence-based scientific knowledge to cardiovascular professionals so they can better care for their patients.


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ESC Initiatives
The ESC develops initiatives that support its mission to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.
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ESC Corporate Brochure

Find out more about who we are and what we do.

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ESC Patient Engagement

The ESC is actively involving patients in its activities.

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Relationships with Industry: the ESC Approach

While ESC activities are organised independently by the ESC, their costs are offset indirectly and in part by funding from the healthcare industry.

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ESC Strategic Plan 2016–2020

This five-year strategic plan ensures our society stays fully aligned with its mission and that our strategic priorities remain relevant.

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ESC Young Community

The ESC young community comprises 11 groups: one for general cardiology and 10 for subspecialties.

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