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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.

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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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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 Reading

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

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Key Messages Booklets

Diagnosis and management of cardiac manifestations in anderson fabry disease and glycogen storage diseases

Booklet-WG-Diseases-Fabry&Glycogen-233x165.jpgThe aim of this document is to describe general and cardiac manifestations of AFD and increase the awareness about the disease among cardiologists. Read more

Diagnosis and management of myocardial involvement in systemic immune-mediated disease

Booklet-Immune-disease-233x165.jpg The aim of this multidisciplinary document is to help cardiologists and non-cardiac specialists to select the appropriate diagnostic
workup in SIDs, setting the stage for future therapeutic choices. Read more

Proposal for a revised definition of dilated cardiomyopathy, hypokinetic non-dilated cardiomyopathy, and its implications for clinical practice

The aim of this document 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


Current state of knowledge on aetiology, diagnosis, management, and therapy of myocarditis

In this document, 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



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).

ESC Practice Guidelines