Sophia Antipolis, 15 January 2013: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is preparing for the arrival of more than 30,000 participants for this year's ESC Congress. As the world's premier meeting on the science, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease, it draws professionals with an interest in cardiology from more than 150 countries. Around 650 journalists will join cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, nurses, primary care physicians, scientists, technicians, medical students, healthcare industry leaders and regulators at the congress venue, Amsterdam RAI, during 31 August to 4 September. In order to put prevention messages into practice, a dedicated cycling track is being created to enable cardiologists, journalists and other attendees to cycle from the heart of Amsterdam to the congress centre each day. 5,000 bicycles will be made available by the city.
This year's congress builds on the best of 2012 and introduces some exciting new features. As in 2012, expect top quality, late breaking science in the Hot Line Sessions, Clinical Trial and Registry Updates sessions. Proposals for arranged sessions were up by about 14% this year, showing continued and increasing interest in the ESC Congress as an international forum for the latest science. Topics will be arranged in themed villages (acute cardiac care, prevention, etc). The full scientific programme will be available online in June.
This year's Spotlight, "The heart interacting with systemic organs", will point journalists to new stories on how different disorders link up and how patient care can be improved by taking a whole systems approach.
"In the past we have viewed diseases in isolation, but many cardiac disorders also have a systemic component," says Professor Keith Fox, Chairperson of the ESC Congress Programme Committee. "The heart interacts with the lungs, brain, kidneys, gastrointestinal system and reproductive system."
It marks a novel departure for the ESC, w
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