The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is soon to hold its annual congress in Stockholm, Sweden. The ESC had its birth pangs in the United States, when in 1946 and 1948, during the Second and Third Inter-American Congresses of Cardiology held in Mexico and Chicago, several European Cardiologists discussed the possible formation of a European Society of Cardiology.
The first meeting was held in Brussels in 1949 with representatives from 14 countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.
The ESC now represents more than 45000 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiovascular disease, through scientific and educational activities. It also promotes cardiovascular disease prevention messages to the general public.
The first ESC Congress was held in Paris in 1952, initially every four years, but has been held annually since 1988. This year the Congress is being held in Stockholm, Sweden from 3–7 September. More than 25000 attendees from around the world are expected to participate.
The ESC also produces guidelines drawn up by eminent cardiologists throughout Europe. Recently published are guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic heart failure, involving members from Sweden, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Norway, and with further contributors from a number of other European countries.
Circulation: European perspectives in cardiology
Editor: Professor Thomas F. Lüscher MD, FRCP, FACC
Managing editor: Dr Keith Barnard MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP
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