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The World Congress on Rheumatic Heart Disease, hosted by the World Heart Federation in partnership with other leading organizations in the field, brought together global experts on rheumatic heart disease (RHD), including researchers, practitioners, patients and advocates, to discover the latest research, engage with global leaders, and explore practical and effective solutions to ending rheumatic heart disease once and for all.

Virtually eradicated in large parts of the world, RHD continues to have a devastating impact on vulnerable communities in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South and South-East Asia and the Western Pacific, affecting 40 million people and claiming more than 300,000 lives every year.

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Key Dates

30 March 2023

Abstract submissions open - Application Status is open
Abstract submissions open

30 May 2023

Early registration opens - Application Status is open
Early registration opens

5 June 2023

Abstract submissions close - Application Status is closed
Abstract submissions close

31 August 2023

Early registration closes - Application Status is closed
Early registration closes

4 September 2023

Late-breaking abstract submissions open - Application Status is open
Late-breaking abstract submissions open

17 September 2023

Late-breaking abstract submissions close - Application Status is closed
Late-breaking abstract submissions close

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