The European Society Congress, the most important congress in the world in this speciality, will beat again at Fira de Barcelona. Once again it has chosen the Gran Via site -for the fifth time, the last being in 2014- to hold its annual congress in 2017, between the 26th and 30th August. More than 30,000 experts and researchers from around the world will come together at this meeting, organized by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and which this year will be held under the theme of “Innovation in Cardiology”.

This congress will also serve to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first percutaneous coronary intervention, an operation that had “enormous impact and opened up a field which has improved all aspects of cardiovascular care”, explains the President of the Congress Programming Committee, Professor Stephan Achenbach. In fact, “thanks to this technical development, not only was open heart surgery replaced as the first option for treating coronary occlusion, starting a period of technological advances that few at the time could have imagined, but its application in the treatment of myocardial infarction with stents has helped to save hundreds of thousands of lives”, says Dr. Manel Sabaté, head of the local Congress committee.

Main details about ESC 2017

  • Five days of scientific sessions.
  • There are 1,577 speakers from 74 countries, including 69 Spanish cardiologists, in the programme.
  • More than 4,500 presentations of new scientific studies selected from among 10,800 works submitted from 109 countries.
  • The central subject of the new programme by Big Picture Sessions will be heart failure, with Spain as the guest country. It will be held on the 26th August.
  • An interactive area will be unveiled for the first time, to carry out a programme about digital health.

Did you know…?

  • The heart is a pump that provides the force necessary for making the blood circulate through our veins and arteries. It beats between 50 and 100 times per minute during our whole lifetime.
  • In Spain, and the rest of the European Union, cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death, with higher rates than cancer and 64 times more than road accidents.
  • 117,000 deaths in Spain every year are caused by heart diseases, which is the equivalent of the entire population of cities such as Orense or Jaen. In the European Union as a whole, 37% of deaths are due to heart disease.
  • Cardiac arrests account for 30,000 deaths in our country every year. This figure could be reduced if there was greater awareness and more defibrillators. Spain has only 1.7 defibrillators for every 10,000 inhabitants while France, for example, has 15.38.
  • Although the laws against smoking have reduced the numbers of people with health complications caused by tobacco, Spain is the European country with the ninth highest percentage of smokers: 29% compared with the European average of 26%.
  • Every year, more than 6 million new cases of heart disease are registered in the European Union. Nearly 49 million people suffer heart-related illness, which represents a cost of 210,000 million euros each year.
  • A healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risks of suffering cardiovascular disease. Follow the 10 essential rules.
Source: Fundació Espanyola del Cor i Societat Europea de Cardiologia