London’s Heart to Beat to Cardiologists’ Rhythm

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has announced that ESC Congress, the world’s biggest gathering of heart specialists, will return to London in 2021 despite the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

After the 2015 congress, which brought more than 32,700 delegates from 140 countries to London, the ESC decided to hold their 2021 congress in the city which is becoming a major centre for medical research. The decision coincides with the Mayor’s ‘Healthy Streets Approach’, prioritising health in transport and planning decisions, and investing into street schemes that promote walking, cycling and public transport over private car use.

Isabel Bardinet, ESC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “ESC Congress is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of cardiovascular medicine so that people can lead longer, healthier lives. For one week in August 2021, London will be the hub in this battle against heart disease, the number one killer in the world today, and we are proud to join forces with such a dynamic, forward thinking city.”

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