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Introduction to the AHA 2019 Conference Report

AHA 2019
Dear Reader, The American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2019 saw many presentations of exciting and practice-changing trials, novel therapeutic approaches currently in development, guidelines updates, a deeper dive in existing management strategies, in addition to cutting-edge fundamental and translational science. The ISCHEMIA trial, for example, was long anticipated and reported here that invasive treatment is not clearly the best management strategy for higher-risk patients with stable ischaemic heart disease, when compared with conservative medical therapies (like aspirin or statins) coupled with lifestyle advice, except perhaps for angina burden, which seemed to be better served by an invasive approach. By contrast, the COLCOT trial reported that low-dose colchicine in patients with a recent MI was not only safe but can prevent major adverse CV events compared with placebo by a 28% margin. The wide accessibility of colchicine could make this tria...

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