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Letter from the ESC Congress Programme Committee Chair

Professor Stephan Achenbach, FESC, University of Erlangen, Germany
ESC 2017
Dear Colleagues,

In this issue of ESC Congress 2017 in Review, we are delighted to share with you the peer-reviewed highlights of the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2017 held in Barcelona, Spain. Over the 5 days of the congress —in addition to the educational programme— 41 Hot Line presentations, 22 Clinical Trial Updates, 23 Registry presentations, 4 new ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines, and 4514 abstracts were presented. The Congress spotlight was “40 years of PCI” to showcase the impact that percutaneous coronary interventions have had on all aspects of cardiovascular care over the past 4 decades.

The articles selected for this issue of ESC Congress 2017 in Review, the official highlights report for ESC Congress 2017, will summarise the most newsworthy, cutting-edge, and clinically relevant topics presented in Barcelona. The trials —including COMPASS, CANTOS, RE-DUAL PCI, and ORION-1— will influence cardiovascular care and will allow us to better understand diseases and manage patients.

The ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines presented at ESC Congress 2017 include guidelines on the management of acute myocardial infarction in patients presenting with ST-segment elevation, on the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial diseases, and on the management of valvular heart disease, as well as a focused update on dual antiplatelet therapy.

We are confident that the articles in this edition of ESC Congress 2017 in Review will be useful for your clinical practice. Please also be reminded that ESC Congress 365, the ESC Congress online library, provides unlimited year-round access to all abstracts, slides, and presentations, along with ESC TV interviews and other material from ESC Congress 2017. To access this unique source of up-to-date information, visit us online at www.escardio.org/365.

We hope you will enjoy this issue of ESC Congress 2017 in Review and look forward to seeing you in Munich for ESC Congress 2018. For more information, please visit www.escardio.org/ESC2018.

Professor Stephan Achenbach, FESC
Chairman, ESC Congress Programme Committee 2016-2018

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