The president of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Fausto Pinto claims that the society is “very excited” to be holding its annual congress in London (UK) this week (29 August–2 September), stating that the city “has a fantastic reputation for welcoming people from all around the world from international sporting competitions to ground-breaking educational and medical conferences.” He adds that London is a capital of “a pioneer country in cardiovascular research and treatment.”
A press release reports that London is playing host to the ESC for the “first time in 63 years” and that more 30,000 participants—including medical—will be attending next week’s conference. It adds that the focus of this year’s conference is the environment and the heart, explaining that research presented at the conference will reveal how even low levels of air pollution can have a significant effect on heart disease. According to Public Health England, air pollution is a major cause of disease in London—ranking it as the joint fifth major cause of premature death in the city.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, says: “It is a real honour to welcome the European Society of Cardiology to London for their first conference in the UK for 63 years. Thousands of international cardiology experts and pioneers will come to London to collaborate, discuss and advance new discoveries in science and treatments in the fight against cardiovascular disease, the UK’s single biggest killer. The focus of the medical world will once more be on London as a leader in science, education and medical innovation.”
Pinto comments: “London has a fantastic reputation for welcoming people from all around the world from international sporting competitions to ground-breaking educational and medical conferences. The ESC is very excited to be in London, the capital of a pioneer country in cardiovascular research and treatment.”
The latest issues of both Cardiovascular News and Cardiac Rhythm News will available from pick-up points at the conference. Both papers will also be providing live covering of the conference on social media and online.