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Minerva Cardiology and Angiology 2022 February;70(1):40-55

DOI: 10.23736/S2724-5683.21.05816-6


language: English

Cardiovascular medicine: a year in review

Andrea MATTEUCCI 1 , Michela BONANNI 1, Francesco VERSACI 2, Giacomo FRATI 3, 4, Mariangela PERUZZI 5, 6, Giuseppe SANGIORGI 7, Giuseppe BIONDI-ZOCCAI 4, 6, Gianluca MASSARO 8

1 Department of Experimental Medicine, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy; 2 Unit of Intensive Care, Hemodynamics, and Cardiology, S. Maria Goretti Hospital, Latina, Italy; 3 Department of Medical-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, 4 IRCCS NEUROMED, Pozzilli, Italy; 5 Mediterranea Cardiocentro, Napoli, Italy; 6 Department of Clinical, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology and Cardiovascular Sciences, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy; 7 Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy; 8 Division of Cardiology, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy

Cardiovascular medicine is facing several challenges in the current era, dominated by the rapid spread of a previously unknown virus around the world. Indeed, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic set the course of cardiovascular science and education in an extraordinary way, hogging the attention of the medical community. Notably, while COVID-19 impacted research progress, there has been considerable effort in exploring topics of great interest, from the management of acute coronary syndromes to new horizons in the treatment of heart failure, from novelties in the surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease to new data on implantable cardiac devices, and from new diagnostic applications of multimodal imaging techniques to relevant basic science findings. Minerva Cardiology and Angiology, formerly Minerva Cardioangiologica, has strived to inform its readers on these topics and novelties, aiming for a succinct yet poignant melding of timeliness and accuracy. Accordingly, the purpose of this narrative review is to highlight and summarize the major research and review articles published during 2020. In particular, we provide a broad overview of the novelties identifying six major areas of interest in the field of cardiovascular sciences in which new evidences have contributed to improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and vessels diseases.

KEY WORDS: Cardiovascular diseases; Review literature as a topic; Cardiology; COVID-19

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