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Hot Topics in Cardiology

Published/Hosted by FBCommunication. ISSN (printed): 1973-9621. ISSN (electronic): 2036-0924.

While cardiology over the last 15 years has progressed to a great extent in various aspects, it has not progressed in a harmonious manner. Advances in biophysics, molecular biology, genetics, and, less remarkably, in the understanding of mechanisms of disease have made an increase in knowledge possible, but it is limited to small numbers of practicing cardiologists. Yet, the clinical applications of this progress and the impact on clinical research of evidence-based medicine have theoretically contributed to a number of notions and information in the diagnosis and, specifically, in the treatment of patients through international trials and periodic updating of guidelines. It is, however, unfortunate that this large volume of information has not substantially influenced the behaviour of cardiologists in private practice, as well as in many hospitals. The main reason for this is said to be the difficult relationship between researchers and other doctors. Moreover, there is less and less impact of large textbooks on medical knowledge, as the number of new ideas, added every year, makes it difficult to regularly revise and update information, which is often of unequal value. The new medical series, Hot Topics in Cardiology, is aimed at making it possible for any cardiologist to learn what is new and important in the profession and science of cardiology. This program, which emphasizes the most important aspects of cardiology, contains some new aspects for choosing and presenting ideas featured in the form of small booklets that are easy to read, yet are exhaustive in scope. The authors are among the leading cardiologists in their field. The topics are "hot" because they can be updated whenever deemed necessary due to the rapid changes in knowledge or the introduction of new important ideas and techniques. Each article will emphasize the basic knowledge that is useful to the clinical cardiologist, but will present and discuss the most relevant aspects of the clinical applications of these notions, including diagnosis and treatment, following a logical and rational approach.

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