December 29, 2020 — Here is a list of the top 10 news stories from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in 2020 that generated the most media coverage worldwide.
ESC said COVID-19 has dominated the news this year. Nevertheless, cardiovascular disease remains the world’s leading cause of death. Lifestyle issues were popular in 2020, as reflected in the latest science from ESC journals and ESC Congress. New treatments made headlines, as did the ESC’s first recommendations on sports and physical activity in people with heart disease.
The top 10 ESC news stories were:
1. Tea drinkers live longer (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology)
2. Burnout linked with irregular heartbeat (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology)
3. How to make the healthiest coffee during COVID-19 lockdown (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology)
4. Chocolate is good for the heart (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology)
5. Long naps may be bad for health (ESC Congress 2020)
6. Belly fat linked with repeat heart attacks (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology)
7. DAPA-CKD trial meets primary endpoint in patients with chronic kidney disease (ESC Congress 2020 Hot Line)
8. EMPEROR-Reduced meets primary endpoint in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (ESC Congress 2020 Hot Line)
9. Body mass index is a more powerful risk factor for diabetes than genetics (ESC Congress 2020)
10. Can people with heart disease exercise safely? (ESC Guidelines on sports cardiology and exercise in patients with cardiovascular disease; ESC Congress 2020)