The Year in Cardiology

Aorta and Peripheral Circulation: The Year in Cardiology 2019

Christian Heiss; Alex Pitcher; Jill J.F. Belch; Marco De Carlo; Holger Reinecke; Iris Baumgartner; Lucia Mazzolai; Victor Aboyans


Eur Heart J. 2020;41(4):501-508b. 

In This Article


Similar to previous years,[1–3] the current article reviews groundbreaking science published 2019 in the area of aortic and peripheral arterial diseases (PAD) as well as venous thromboembolic disease (VTE) that will affect our daily clinical practice. With the growing recognition of PAD, it will be necessary to consolidate imprecisions in terminology. Many are used to the acronym PAD for atherosclerotic disease of the lower extremity arteries. Others have used the same acronym to qualify atherosclerotic disease of the lower extremity arteries and carotid arteries. In the current article and in line with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines,[4] we have stringently used the specific terms lower extremity arterial disease (LEAD) and reserved PAD as the umbrella term encompassing all arterial diseases other than aorta and coronaries.