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ESC Initiatives

In addition to its core scientific activities, the ESC develops initiatives which support its mission to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.

Initiatives cover a range of objectives, from awareness raising and information sharing to projects with a specific mission to drive change in CV treatment & care.

The ESC is also involved in a number of European Union funded projects, providing expertise and utilising its extensive network within the global cardiology community to disseminate scientific best practice and updates.

Current Initiatives

Digital Health

Digital Health is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to treat patients, conduct research, educate healthcare professionals, track diseases and monitor public health.

Cardiovascular Round Table

A strategic forum for high-level dialogue between industry (pharmaceuticals, devices and equipment) and ESC leadership to identify and discuss key strategic issues for the future of cardiovascular health in Europe.

ESC Atlas of Cardiology

A unique and ambitious project that aims to provide the evidence needed to improve decision making, patient care and bridge the gap between policies and realities.

World Heart Day

In 2023, the ESC developed a campaign to focus on patient myths, supported by statistics from ESC Atlas and Burden of Disease. The goal was to engage policymakers in developing cardiovascular health plans.

Global Heart Failure Awareness Day

Annual events across the globe that aim to raise awareness among healthcare professionals and non-medics s that heart failure is a serious health threat at international, EU and member state level.

Prevention in your country

Reports on preventive cardiology that facilitate the sharing of best practice and inspire health professionals in the field of preventive cardiology.

Valve for Life

Aims to improve transcatheter valve interventions (both aortic and mitral) across Europe and raise awareness on the importance of valvular heart disease in the general population.

Women in ESC

Cardiology is undergoing a gender flip, with a huge increase in the number of women training to be cardiologists (today 70% of cardiologists in training are women). The Women in ESC Initiative aims to ensure women coming into the field are sufficiently armed for successful careers.

STEEER-AF Project Study

Developing, deploying and evaluating education evidence-based, needs-driven educational program in Atrial Fibrillation

Stroke prevention and rhythm control Therapy: Evaluation of an Educational Programme of the European society of cardiology in a cluster-Randomised trial in patients with Atrial Fibrillation. (STEEER-AF)

EU Funded Projects

The ESC is involved in a number of EU funded research projects, often as a dissemination partner. Our role is fundamental to ensure the very latest scientific best practice is shared with as many cardiovascular practitioners, researchers and institutions as possible. Find out more information on the ongoing EU Projects dedicated page.

Past Initiatives

Supporting Good Causes

European Heart for Children

In Europe today, children born with congenital malformation do not have equal access to appropriate care and, in some cases, the range of disparity is significant. To help remedy this situation, the European Society of Cardiology supports the European Heart for Children.