- The most important event in cardiology returns to Rio de Janeiro after 24 years; the last time WCC came to South America was in Argentina, 2008
- The event, which will be hosted by the World Heart Federation and the Brazilian Society of Cardiology, aims to raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of risk factors of cardiovascular diseases
Geneva, 24 June 2021. WHF is proud to partner with the Brazilian Society of Cardiology to host the World Congress of Cardiology (WCC) together with the 77th Brazilian Cardiology Congress (CBC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in October 2022 at the Riocentro convention centre.
Since 1950, WCC, led by the World Heart Federation (WHF), has been a major event for health care professionals, offering a truly global perspective on heart health and gathering thousands of cardiology professionals from around the world, with the common goal of reducing the global burden of cardiovascular disease.
This will not be the first time WCC comes to Brazil. In 1998, also in Rio de Janeiro, the event gathered 20.000 attendees. The last time the major cardiology congress was held in South America was in 2008, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Bringing WCC to Brazil means transforming Rio de Janeiro into the Heart capital of the world. Ever since the city became a candidate to host the event, Rio’s mayor, Eduardo Paes, declared his full support for turning Rio into a major protagonist and offering this global platform for cardiovascular health professionals.
“Rio de Janeiro is very proud to host the World Congress of Cardiology in 2022. Every heart in the world will be looking to the Marvellous City. I am sure that the cariocas will receive everyone with open arms. Besides gathering the world´s best physicians, the event will also have significant economic importance, as we have the expectation that 30.000 persons will join us here. Science and tourism will be united so that Rio can get back on track”, said the mayor, after the confirmation of Rio as the host city.
The Brazilian Congress of Cardiology of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC) has established as the largest cardiology congress in Latin America and as the fourth largest in the world. In 2022, it reaches its 77th edition, returning to an in-person format after a two-year interlude with digital editions, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Together with the WCC, SBC expects a record-shattering audience.
With an expected participation of 30.000 people, many of them from around the world, the WCC will also have a significant economic impact on the city, as the total economic impact could reach up to US$50 million, considering the event itself and tourism revenues.
This massive undertaking will have Dr Andréa Brandão at the helm, as well as the President of the 77th CBC. Dr Andréa is a Full Professor of Cardiology at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) and Director for Scientific Departments at SBC, and has vast experience in event organization within cardiology.
“We are delighted with this challenge and will give our best to organize the best cardiology congress Brazil has ever had – after such a long interval due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to meeting our friends in cardiology and to continue learning with them about cardiovascular disease. In 2022, we are all with Rio”, said Andréa, referring to the city´s candidature slogan.
“I am delighted to announce that the World Heart Federation will be partnering with the Brazilian Society of Cardiology for our next joint WCC-SBC Congress in 2022. It is my pleasure to invite you to join us and SBC with the rest of the cardiovascular community in October 2022 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where we will be shining a spotlight on global cardiovascular health. This will be the first fully hybrid World Congress of Cardiology, with a rich programme of both in-person and virtual sessions. Junte-se a nós no Rio em 2022! See you in Brazil in 2022!” said Prof Fausto Pinto, WHF President.
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Borjana Pervan, Communications Director, WHF: Borjana.Pervan@worldheart.org