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22-May-2012Manchester to host the British Cardiovascular Society’s 90th Annual Conference with a sports theme
UK, 22-May-2012 / British Cardiovascular Society,

Specialists from the field of Cardiovascular Medicine will travel to Manchester at the end of May for the 2012 British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference.
The three day conference will take place at Manchester Central on 28 – 30 May 2012 at Manchester Central and is expected to attract over 2,200 healthcare professionals – 77% being either Consultant Cardiologists or Trainee Cardiologists.

In the year of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the conference will have a theme around maintaining a healthy heart through exercise and lifestyle changes and a key part of this will be a schools event at The Midland Hotel to help disseminate this important message to children.

Dr Sarah Clarke, Vice President of Education and Research at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) says ‘Manchester is internationally recognised as a city with a world-class science community and is a natural host for our Conference. With the Olympics and Paralympic Games in London this year, we have the opportunity to highlight how important exercise, and other lifestyle measures are to maintain a healthy heart.

Alongside the Annual Conference, the BCS is holding a ‘Healthy Hearts’ event for over 120 local school children. The event will show how the heart works, what can go wrong and how to keep a heart healthy. Various hands on activities provided by the Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences (Liverpool John Moores University) will demonstrate how science is translated from theory to practice. The children will learn how the principles of physical activity and nutrition can be incorporated into their day to day routines. Activities will include an exergaming Nintendo Wii, various exercises exploring changes in heart rate/blood pressure/lung function, physiological tests that elite athletes perform and making a sports drink. Previous Olympians and medallists, Prof Greg Whyte and Rebecca Romero will be joining the children at this event and presenting prizes. Manchester United is transmitting a video message to the children. The event is supported by the British Heart Foundation. We must encourage the next generation to eat more healthily, avoid obesity, exercise regularly and avoid smoking habits.

During the Annual Conference there will be sessions dedicated to exercise in the healthy heart and for those with heart disease. Critical issues of cardiac risk and cardiac screening will be addressed and this is very topical with recent news coverage of collapse and sudden death in sport. We will be holding various exercise activities with elite athletes and previous Olympians in our dedicated arena. In addition we will be undertaking a ‘cyclathon’- UK cardiologists and other delegates will take to a bike to see how far we can cycle for the duration of the conference. We are fundraising for CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young, a charity that highlights conditions that can lead to young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) or sudden cardiac death (SCD). To find out more/sponsor the event please contact the CRY office on 01737 363 222, email or to go to or . Come and watch progress of the cyclathon (or join in!) at Manchester Central.

The BCS is delighted to be holding its 2012 and 90th Annual Conference in Manchester. Alongside the Conference, we are thrilled to be holding the ‘healthy hearts’ event for local school children, to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and to be raising money for CRY. We hope to reach out and educate a wider audience than our delegates to make lifestyle changes for a ‘healthy heart.’

The anticipated economic impact of the BCS Annual Conference 2012 is approximately £3.5m.

This will be the fourth time that the BCS has held its annual conference in Manchester since 2008 and it will visit again for another four years from 2014.


Further Information

The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) was founded in 1922 and plays a pivotal role in the delivery of cardiovascular health across the UK with more than 2,300 members and around 90%, of UK consultant cardiologists. Many specialist registrars, GPs with a special interest and other professionals with an interest in cardiovascular medicine are also members.
For more information on the 2012 Annual Conference of the BCS please go to

For more information about the cyclathon and how you can help support the fundraising for this event please contact the CRY office on 01737 363 222, email or go to The event is open to the public.

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