Heartbeat Rising in Paris

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The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) staged its largest ever scientific congress this year in Paris. This year’s event was held at the Paris Convention Centre, a newly designed, centrally located venue that is part of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles complex. The Paris Convention Centre was inaugurated in November 2017 and has already hosted twelve major events since its opening.

“Following an extensive renovation project of the entire exhibition complex, this exciting new venue provided an exceptional experience for our conference attendees,” said Nata Nambatingué, the associate director of event operations at the ESC. “Among its many advantages, the centre features natural lighting throughout, outdoor green spaces and rest areas, fully equipped and soundproofed conference rooms, and high-density Wi-Fi. In short, this conference centre has it all.”

The Paris edition of ESC Congress was also the launch of the ESC’s first Heart Healthy Cities Round Table, in partnership with the French Society of Cardiology and the City of Paris. ESC Advocacy is actively involving cities to take concrete steps to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD) in urban areas, while raising heart health on the political agenda. The Heart Healthy Cities initiative will become an annual rolling event that is held during ESC Congresses. This year’s congress also featured the ESC’s first patient forum, and a joint public-awareness campaign with a public event held on Saturday and Sunday. A playful and informative “Heart Village” provided an opportunity for audiences of every kind to learn how to care for their heart while having fun.

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