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Letter from the Advisory Board

Robert P. Giugliano, MD, SM, Cardiovascular Division Brigham and Women’s Hospital Associate Professor in Medicine Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, US
ESC 2019
Dear Practitioner,

We are pleased to share with you highlights from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2019
which was held this year together with the World Congress of Cardiology in Paris, France. More than 33,500
healthcare professionals gathered over 5 days to attend more than 600 expert sessions covering the entire
spectrum of cardiovascular medicine. The 14 covered trials presented in 6 Hot Line sessions attracted large
crowds, as did the 3 Late Breaking Science studies in acute coronary syndromes, cardiovascular pharmacology,
and atrial fibrillation reported on in this report.

The featured article provides a topline summary of the 5 new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines released during
the congress, covering diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, acute pulmonary embolism, supraventricular
tachycardia, chronic coronary syndromes, and dyslipidaemia.

Several highly anticipated clinical trials were presented at ESC Congress 2019, such as DAPA-HF, COMPLETE,
or ISAR-REACT 5, which will no doubt influence practice. Other landmark studies presented addressed important
unmet needs, such as THEMIS and PARAGON- HF.

In addition to the 2019 Guideline updates and results presented in the Hot Line sessions, you will find
additional treatment updates in cardiovascular medicine including trial outcomes on the regulation of
inflammation and how to achieve effective decongestion without increasing the risk of worsening renal
function in patients with type 2 diabetes.

We hope that you find the articles and practical perspectives that are contained in the pages of this edition
of ESC Congress 2019 in Review helpful in integrating this new information into your clinical practice.

Robert P. Giugliano, MD, SM
Cardiovascular Division Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor in Medicine Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA, USA

Marc P. Bonaca, MD, MPH
Director of Vascular Research University of Colorado
Associate Physician Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor in Medicine Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA, USA

Jan Steffel, MD
Vice Chairman, Department of Cardiology
Senior Consultant, Division of Electrophysiology
University Heart Center Zurich
University Hospital Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Giulia Magnani, MD, PhD
Consultant Cardiologist
Department of Cardiology
Parma University Hospital,
Parma, Italy

Matthew Cavender, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Carlos Aguiar, MD
Head Advanced HF and Heart Transplantation
Consultant Cardiology Division
Hospital de Santa Cruz
Carnaxide, Portugal

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