The theme of these articles is cardiovascular disease.
Every year tens of thousands of people in the UK with stable angina have one or more stents inserted to open blockages in their arteries and relieve symptoms such a chest pain. But, except in emergency cases, there is no evidence that treating angina by inserting stents followed by medical and lifestyle interventions is better than medicine and lifestyle changes alone.
A research team at Northwick Park Hospital, part of the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, have been leading the way in finding out which treatment is better and safer.
When a clinical research study makes a significant finding to improve patient care or outcomes, that is a huge victory for a research team, but it is rare that such a success comes along with substantial cost savings. And even rarer still to receive international praise and criticism at the same time.
So when the HEAT-PPCI study team set out to discover which antithrombotic drug, something that reduces the formation of blood clots, works better after treatment for heart attack, they did not expect to have such a global impact.
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is an underdiagnosed cause of acute coronary syndrome, heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. SCAD predominantly affects young women who are usually, otherwise well.
We find out how cardiology researchers are trying to understand the causes of SCAD.