European Society of Cardiology
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is a non-profit knowledge-based professional association that facilitates the improvement and harmonisation of standards of diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The ESC produces, organises and supports many scientific and educational activities and products aimed at cardiology professionals wishing to increase their knowledge and update their skills.
The ESC was founded in 1950 and its headquarters are located in Sophia Antipolis in the South of France. The first European Congress of Cardiology was held in London in September 1952.
The ESC comprises:
- 56 National Cardiac Societies
- 6 Associations
- 15 Working Groups
- 7 Councils, covering different sub-specialties of cardiology. Activities reach far beyond the boundaries of Europe, and nearly 90,000 members come from all over the world. The ESC maintains close ties to 56 National Cardiac Societies and 41 Affiliated Cardiac Societies worldwide. Recently[when?], additional infrastructures were developed within associations addressing the special interests and needs of female specialists, and young physicians, such as young Electrophysiologists.
Clinical Practice GuidelinesEdit
The ESC produces Clinical Practice Guidelines for the cardiology profession from evidence-based clinical trials data. Guidelines aim to present all the relevant evidence on a particular clinical issue in order to help physicians weigh the benefits and risks of particular diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
The ESC organises several top cardiology congresses per year, including the ESC Congress. Annual or biennial sub-specialty congresses address acute cardiac care (Acute Cardiovascular Care congress), cardiac imaging (EuroEcho-Imaging congress), prevention and rehabilitation (EuroPrevent congress), nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT (ICNC congress), magnetic resonance (EuroCMR congress), interventional cardiology (EuroPCR congress), heart failure (Heart Failure congress), heart rhythm and electrophysiology (EHRA congress), as well as basic science (Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology congress).
The ESC FellowshipEdit
A Fellow of European Society of Cardiology is a cardiologist considered to be a person who has had a number of years of experience in the field and who has distinguished himself or herself individually in clinical, educational, investigational, organisational or professional aspects of cardiology. Fellows have the right to use the postnominal designation of the FESC title.