What topics caught your attention in 2017?
Neth Heart J
What topics caught your attention in 2017?
J. J. Piek 0
0 AMC Heart Center, Academic Medical Center , Amsterdam , The Netherlands
To evaluate the readers' interest in specific cardiology topics the editorial board of the Netherlands Heart Journal needs to know which articles were downloaded the most in 2017. Moreover, it may also be relevant to you, the reader, to know which articles your colleagues considered useful for keeping up to date with the latest developments in our rapidly evolving cardiovascular field. The Netherlands Heart Journal is the scientific journal of the Dutch Society of Cardiology that offers the members the latest information on scientific activities in our centres. It is a free of charge, open access journal that our readers frequently use to download articles. The total number of downloads for the top ten articles in 2017 was more than 12,000 and covered the full spectrum of basic and clinical cardiology. The top ten articles were seven reviews and three original articles indicating that our readers are particularly interested in brief summaries of literature on diverse topics to keep them updated for their daily clinical practice. Because of the numerous recent studies on the use of novel anticoagulant agents (NOAC's) and the duration of dual antiplatelet therapy, four of the ten articles concerned antithrombotic and antiplatelet therapy. In the review of Ten Berg et al. a personalised dual antiplatelet therapy approach is recommended in patients suffering from an acute coronary syndrome or undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention . This is in line with the article of Damman et al. which summarises the comments of the Dutch acute coronary syndrome (ACS) working group on the 2015 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for the management of patients with non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndromes . They conclude that the purpose of the ACS working group is to evaluate the implementation of the ESC guidelines into Dutch clinical practice. The review of Gimbel and Ten Berg also focusses on the management of non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes, but
this time in a subcohort of elderly patients (≥70 years) [
The recommendations for management of this patient
cohort during the in-hospital phase, as well as after discharge,
are clearly summarised in this review. The article of Pisters
et al. describes the real-life use of rivaroxaban in a Dutch
subset of the XANTUS registry, showing the low rates of
major bleeding and label-discordant dosing and high
persistence rates during one year of follow-up of patients
receiving rivaroxaban for non-valvular atrial fibrillation in a
realworld setting [
The study of Abawi et al. describes the body mass index
paradox and mortality after trans-catheter aortic valve
implantation (TAVI) [
]. In this article, the authors report that
TAVI is safe in different body mass index groups with
respect to postoperative complication rates, but there appears
to be an unclarified obesity paradox showing an improved
survival after TAVI in obese and overweight patients.
In the article of Bergheanu et al. the authors
summarise the current recommendations for the treatment of
atherosclerotic disease emphasising that lowering
low-density lipoprotein cholesterol with statin therapy remains the
cornerstone of medical treatment [
]. In high-risk patients,
the addition of cholesterol absorption inhibitors should be
considered. The long-term efficacy and safety of the use
of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9)
inhibitors are awaited and so are the results of treatment
with other novel lipid-lowering agents that are currently
being tested in ongoing clinical trials.
The article of Van Opbergen et al. highlights the role of
calcium sensitive pathways in arrhythmogenic
cardiomyopathy, evaluated in experimental models [
]. It is expected
that the promising results of these studies will be followed
by clinical studies, in particular in patients with
arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. The article of
Michels et al. focusses on the management of patients with
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It describes the different
stages of this type of cardiomyopathy and the future
perspectives on research in this field of interest, emphasising
the need for collaboration between involved disciplines in
specialised centres to optimise patient care of this relatively
common disease [
The article of Garay et al. describes the early
experience with the novel Venus p-valve for percutaneous
treatment of native outflow tract obstruction [
results in 10 patients indicate the feasibility of pulmonary
valve implantation in patients with tetralogy of Fallot,
initially treated with the trans-annular patch technique.
Finally, the article of Meier et al. highlights the usefulness of
three-dimensional printing to replicate complex structures
in congenital heart disease that can be used for educational
purposes, pre-procedural planning and device testing to
improve catheter-based therapy of adult patients with
structural and congenital heart disease [
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1. Ten Berg JM , Zwart B , van't Hof AWJ , et al. Optimal duration of dual antiplatelet therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention or after acute coronary syndrome . Neth Heart J . 2017 ; 25 : 655 - 63 .
2. Damman P , van't Hof AWJ , ten Berg JM , et al. 2015 ESC guidelines for the management of acute coronary syndromes in patients presenting without persistent ST-segment elevation: comments from the Dutch ACS working group . Neth Heart J . 2017 ; 25 : 181 - 5 .
3. Gimbel ME , ten Berg JM . Management of elderly patients with a non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndrome . Neth Heart J . 2017 ; 25 : 409 - 15 .
4. Pisters R , van Vugt SPG , Brouwer MA , et al. Real-life use of rivaroxaban in the Netherlands: data from the Xarelto for prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (XANTUS) registry . Neth Heart J. 2017 ; 25 : 551 - 8 .
5. Abawi M , Rozemeijer R , Agostini P , et al. Effect of body mass index on clinical outcome and all-cause mortality in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation . Neth Heart J . 2017 ; 25 : 498 - 509 .
6. Bergheanu SC , Bodde MC , Jukema JW , et al. Pathophysiology and treatment of atherosclerosis . Neth Heart J . 2017 ; 25 : 231 - 42 .
7. Van Opbergen CJM , Delamar M , van Veen TAB , et al. Potential new mechanisms of pro-arrhythmia in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy: focus on calcium sensitive pathways . Neth Heart J . 2017 ; 25 : 157 - 69 .
8. Michels M , Olivotto I , Asselbergs FW , van der Velden J. Life-long tailoring of management for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy . Neth Heart J . 2017 ; 25 : 186 - 99 .
9. Garay F , Pan X , Zhang YJ , Wang C , Springmuller D . Early experience with the Venus p-valve for percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation in native outflow tract . Neth Heart J . 2017 ; 25 : 76 - 81 .
10. Meier LM , Meineri M , Qua Hiansen J , Horlick EM . Structural and congenital heart disease interventions: the role of three-dimensional printing . Neth Heart J . 2017 ; 25 : 65 - 75 .