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Interventional cardiology’s golden age of contributions to evidence-based medicine

EuroIntervention 2019;15:31-34. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I1A6

1. Department of Cardiology, Swiss Cardiovascular Center, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Evidence-based medicine aims to overcome eminence-based decision making in clinical practice. Cardiology can take pride in being at the forefront of this development; no specialty has witnessed a similar abundance of diagnostic and therapeutic advances related to imaging, biomarkers, prevention, drugs, devices and minimally invasive interventions with profound impact on quality of life and life expectancy. Clinical practice guidelines issued by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) regularly integrate novel data into recommendations classified by class and level of evidence (LOE). Whilst only a small overall fraction of recommendations ...

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