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World Heart Federation and American College of Cardiology cancel ACC/WHF congresses

Written on Monday, 9 March 2020 17:03

After careful consideration, the difficult decision has made to cancel the ACC’s Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC) scheduled to take place March 28-30, 2020 in Chicago. The official press release with the announcement can be found here.


The decision to cancel this important event was not taken lightly. WHF and ACC have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments. In the last week, we also learned of the increasing number of travel advisories and restrictions being placed on health care providers and hospitals and institutions in the U.S. and globally.


The rapid spread of COVID-19 has become a cause for concern on a global scale and we, as health professionals, must act responsibly to ensure the wellbeing of our congress delegates, their patients and communities. We fully support ACC's decision and will do everything we can to help mitigate the impact of cancellation so close to the event.


Many of you will share in our sadness with the current situation but also our readiness to focus on helping vulnerable populations and health systems cope with the crisis. Those if you who are registered to attend the Congress will likely have questions. ACC has prepared an initial FAQ document to help with answering travel, refund and other questions for attendees. This document will continue to be updated. In the meantime, we remain at your disposal for any further questions.


Karen Sliwa

President, World Heart Federation

(Circular provided by the World Heart Federation)