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ESC Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases

The Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases proposes a selection of valuable scientific articles on a regular basis.

It also publishes a monthly newsletter sent to Working Group members to present its activities and achievements at a preview showing. Want to receive it? Join the Working Group now!

Key Messages Booklets

The aim of this position paper is to update the definition of DCM to take into account its diverse aetiology and clinical manifestations in patients and relatives. We do not describe the general management of left ventricular systolic dysfunction as this is covered in existing European Society of Cardiology (ESC) heart failure guidelines but do consider the implications of an aetiology oriented approach to therapy. Read more




In this Position Statement, an expert consensus group has reviewed the current literature on clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of myocarditis and propose new diagnostic criteria for clinically suspected myocarditis. The aims are to bridge the gap between clinical and tissue-based diagnosis, to improve management and provide a common reference point for future registries and multicentre randomised controlled trials of aetiology driven treatment in inflammatory heart muscle disease. Read more

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Papers of the Month

The Working Group proposes each Month an article of interest which is explained (background, method, results) and commented

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Recommended Readings

Find here the Working Group recommendations for further readings on Cardiomyopathies, Myocarditis and Pericardial Diseases topics

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Position Papers and Consensus Documents

The Working Group writes papers of interest for cardiologists in the ESC Journal Family

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Finally the Working Group contributes to ESC Clinical Pratice Guidelines (Table 1 below) and publishes articles in the E-journal of Cardiology (table 2 below).