Coronary Disease articles

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

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. This document includes news regarding a more agile infarction diagnosis, the use of non-invasive imaging, the simplification of anticoagulant therapy, infarction with normal coronary arteries,

ESC 2020 | Ticagrelor Might Increase Bleeding and Mortality in the Elderly

Ticagrelor compared against clopidogrel produces more bleeding and also more deaths in patients over 80 recently undergoing acute myocardial infarction. Contrary to what has been observed in the general population, these data from the SWEDEHEART registry of post MI patients over 80, show higher bleeding and mortality rates with ticagrelor compared against clopidogrel. These findings

ESC 2020 | Acute Myocardial Infarction and Anemia: Are Transfusions Necessary?

In anemic patients undergoing acute myocardial infarction, a restrictive transfusion strategy is as safe as a more liberal approach, in addition to saving costs. The cutoff value to decide for a transfusion would be < 8 g/dl hemoglobin. The REALITY outcomes were presented during the virtual ESC 2020 sessions. Anemia is relatively common in patients

ESC 2020 | More Evidence on Colchicine for Chronic Ischemic Heart Disease

According to this new study, colchicine offers some benefit to patients with chronic ischemic heart disease. Similar to COLCOT, this is the second large randomized study with results confirming the inflammatory hypothesis. Colchicine taken at a daily dose of 0.5 mg reduces cardiovascular events in patients with stable coronary disease, according to data from the LoDoCo2

ESC 2020 | La disfunción ventricular puede inclinar la balanza para decidir la revascularización

ESC 2020 | Revascularization Strategies: Ventricular Dysfunction Might Tilt the Scales

Patients included in the ISCHEMIA trial who had a history of cardiac failure or ventricular function deterioration will benefit from revascularization vs. optimal medical treatment. This is a pre-specified analysis of the paradigmatic ISCHEMIA trial. The ISCHEMIA was published in March 2020 in NEJM and went somewhat unnoticed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At the

ESC 2020 | At Long Term, Diabetic Patients Benefit from Surgery

Data of this “real world” study have confirmed that diabetic patients with multivessel disease will benefit from coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).  According to Dr. Douglas S. Lee, main author of this study, the evidence is fairly conclusive, enough to recommend CABG as first option in this particular subgroup of patients similar to FREEDOM patients. 

ESC 2020 | Trimetazidina post angioplastia: sin efectos adversos pero sin grandes beneficios

ESC 2020 | Post PCI Trimetazidine: No Adverse Events or Great Benefits

Trimetazidine in addition to optimal medical therapy in patients undergoing coronary PCI does not change events rate at long term.  The ATPCI study was presented at ESC 2020 and simultaneously published in the Lancet. This study randomized coronary PCI patients with stable or acute NSTEMI coronary syndromes to trimetazidine vs. placebo.   What is the rationale