The Most Read Scientific Articles of March

01- Coronavirus and the Heart: How Should Cardiologists Prepare?

As the number of confirmed cases increases throughout the globe, a picture is emerging as to what the direct cardiovascular effects of this pandemic may be.

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02- TAVR: Should Transradial Approach be the Second Access Site?

Courtesy of Dr. Carlos Fava.

One of the major challenges we interventional cardiologists still face is access management. Reduced device diameter and improved transcatheter closure, together with increased operator experience, have significantly reduced vascular complications. However, we shouldn’t lose sight of the secondary access, usually transfemoral, generally used in case of primary access site related complications. 

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03- Virtual ACC 2020 | Myocardial Ischemia Induced by Sudden Mental Stress

Myocardial ischemia induced by sudden mental stress is associated with bad prognosis, especially in patients with a history of acute myocardial infarction according to this new study. 

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04-Is There a Relationship between ARBs, ACE 2 Inhibitors and COVID-19?

In the past few days, many doctors appear to have caught wind of somewhat unfounded data. According to this information, the novel COVID-19 would use angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors to enter cells and, in this context, patients with an upregulated expression of these receptors (such as patients receiving angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) might be more susceptible to infection. 

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05- What to Do and What Not to Do in Case of PE According to the New European Guidelines

As a “friendly,” easy-to-read document, the new European guidelines on pulmonary embolism (PE) include an excellent summary chart with new and modified items (compared with the 2014 guidelines), and also some sort of final conclusion composed of crucial tips and contraindications that come in handy in case of emergency.

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06- ACC Recommendations against the New Coronavirus

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has launched a document summarizing the potential implications of the new coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China. This new virus has been called COVID-19 by the WHO.

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07- Another Scandal in Evidence-Based Medicine: Ambulatory BP Monitoring Questioned?

Apparently, the scandal surrounding the EXCEL trial kicked the hornet’s nest as far as evidence-based medicine is concerned. This time, the stars were the actual authors of an article published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM): the investigators retracted their paper due to issues in data analysis.

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08- Cath Lab Management Protocol for the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Interventional Cardiology Association and the Cardiac Beat Association from the Spanish Society of Cardiology have released a document stating all the available information on the COVID-19 outbreak for interventionists to tackle this health crisis to the best of their ability. ” 

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09- 16 Years of Superiority of Primary Angioplasty

The DANish Acute Myocardial Infarction 2 (DANAMI-2) trial showed the 30-day superiority of patient transport to a primary angioplasty site vs. fibrinolysis at the hospital where the patient had been originally admitted. Those 30-day results became a landmark in the history of interventional cardiology. However, some suspected that such initial benefit could fade away over time.

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10- Treating Both Atrial Valves Improves Survival

Courtesy of Dr. Carlos Fava.

There a few treatment options for tricuspid valve disease. It is practically limited to diuretics and surgery, is associated to high mortality and, generally, mitral regurgitation. 

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