The Most Relevant Articles in Coronary Disease in 2020

01- Virtual ACC 2020 | Controversial Trial ISCHEMIA Finally in NEJM

In November 2019, during the American Heart Association (AHA) 2019 Scientific Sessions, researchers presented this revolutionary trial that called the attention of all cardiologists. We had to wait until March to read the fine print; back then, a global pandemic such as the current one seemed out of a science-fiction tale.

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02- ESC 2020 | New European Guidelines on Non-ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes: What’s New?

The new European guidelines on NON-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE ACS) were presented virtually during the European Society of Cardiology 2020 Congress (ESC 2020) and published in Eur Heart J.

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03- TCT 2020 | Our Next Goal Should Be Using IVUS Guidance in Every Angioplasty

The benefits of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) guidance in all angioplasties with second-generation drug-eluting stents (DES) persist through 3 years of follow-up. These data derive from the extended follow-up of the ULTIMATE study, presented virtually at TCT 2020 and published simultaneously in JACC Intv.

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04- TCT 2020 | Xience in Favor of Short Dual Antiaggregation Therapy with High Bleeding Risk

Following with aspirin alone after a short period of dual antiaggregation therapy (DAPT), 1 to 3 months, did not increase ischemic events in patients receiving a Xience stent while significantly reducing bleeding. 

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05- Virtual ACC 2020 | ISCHEMIA: Quality of Life, Not a Soft Endpoint

In the general study, an invasive strategy followed by revascularization (when necessary) vs. an initially conservative strategy with OMT resulted similar in patients with stable CAD with moderate to severe ischemia. A secondary end point of this analysis were angina symptoms and quality of life.

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06- TCT 2020 | The Myth of Biodegradable Polymers Seems to Have Come to an End

This is the largest and newest study to compare drug eluting stents with durable polymers vs. biodegradable or bioresorbable polymers. As is usually the case, the theory clashes with reality. 

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