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Date:1/11/2011

Sophia Antipolis, 11 January 2011: With its spotlight theme of 'Controversial Issues in Cardiology', the 2011 edition of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress promises lively discussions and ground-breaking debate. The ESC Congress is well established as the world's premier cardiovascular conference and regularly attracts around 30,000 international cardiologists and members of related professions through its doors. It will be held this year in Paris, at Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte between 27 and 31 August.

"We chose the spotlight theme in order to clarify conflicting views across several aspects of cardiovascular medicine," explains Professor Michael Bhm, the newly appointed Chairman of ESC's Congress Programme Committee. "There are, inevitably, differing opinions within our profession on certain topics, and these occur anywhere from basic science and research to the most complex interventional procedures. We want the ESC Congress to be the platform where we can have a constructive debate on the issues based on evidence and experience."

A series of dedicated sessions is planned to address each of the controversial issues. The format will be for highly qualified experts to present the case for and against, with participation from the floor to probe deeper into the detailed arguments. Professor Bhm, who is also Head of Cardiology at the University Hospital, Saarland, has high hopes for a positive outcome, "We expect to achieve consensus on several issues and, for the others, to at least agree the need for better evidence or identify those circumstances in which individual decisions are correct."

The ESC Congress enjoys an international reputation for its world-class programme of scientific sessions, workshops and presentations, and related exhibition of medical equipment, treatments and services. Experts from the global cardiology community, including care professionals and nurse specialists, are in
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European Society of Cardiology
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