Cardiol Res
Cardiology Research, ISSN 1923-2829 print, 1923-2837 online, Open Access
Article copyright, the authors; Journal compilation copyright, Cardiol Res and Elmer Press Inc
Journal website


Volume 11, Number 6, December 2020, pages 355

The Importance of Cardiology Research

John Somberg

Cardiology & Pharmacology, Rush University, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

Manuscript submitted September 24, 2020, accepted September 28, 2020, published online November 2, 2020
Short title: The Importance of Cardiology Research

One of my colleagues after reading that cardiovascular disease was not recognized as the leading cause of death did a quick survey of his family and colleagues at the medical center. Outside of the cardiology community, cancer was thought to be the leading cause of death. Unfortunately, this is not correct. Cardiovascular (CV) disease is still the leading cause of death. The age adjusted death rate attributed to cardiovascular disease is 219 per 100,000 individuals, or over 860,000 deaths per year costing 219 billion dollars. Globally cardiovascular death is once again the leading cause of death, taking the lives of 18 million people each year.

With this high number of deaths, one would expect research in cardiovascular disease to be a critical undertaking. However, in the age of the coronavirus disease (COVID) pandemic CV research has been suspended or slowed. With government mandated shutdowns, undertaking cardiovascular research has been greatly diminished. At academic medical centers non-essential employees have been told to stay at home with lab activities suspended or greatly diminished. This is not a good idea in any scientific field but an especially bad idea in the area of cardiovascular research. In many labs in the USA, CV research has been shut down for over 6 months. This is a most unfortunate loss of research time. Restarting research programs will take considerable additional time, further impeding research progress. The effects of these disruptions are especially felt in the basic research areas though clinical research has been affected as well.

Translational research in academic centers and in the pharmaceutical industry has also seen a significant reduction in activity. While the pharmaceutical industry is appropriately targeting COVID-19 disease, programs in cardiology have for the most part been on hold. Clinical trials have stopped recruiting patients and manufacturing of study drug supplies has been shut down or stopped.

These interruptions in CV research are most unfortunate. This area should be considered essential, bypassing government restrictions. Universities, medical centers, and the government research facilities should have considered CV research critically important and worked to improve lab safety with appropriate personal protective equipment and appropriate precautions. However, it needs to be noted that most basic laboratory work is done by individuals or very small groups, often working at a safe distance from one another.

It is understandable that COVID has scared our government, academic and business leaders. But careful reflection should have resulted in appropriate precautions and not the reflexive curtailment of CV research. In the future CV research and in fact, most biomedical research should be considered an essential service. Implementing appropriate precautions to reduce risk to the researchers and the community should have been a priority. The research community should have been encouraged to persevere in these difficult times, striving towards advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.


None to declare.

Financial Disclosure

None to declare.

Conflict of Interest

None to declare.

Data Availability

The author declares that data supporting the findings of this study are available within the article.

    This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

    Cardiology Research is published by Elmer Press Inc.


    Browse  Journals  


    Journal of Clinical Medicine Research

    Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism

    Journal of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics


    World Journal of Oncology

    Gastroenterology Research

    Journal of Hematology


    Journal of Medical Cases

    Journal of Current Surgery

    Clinical Infection and Immunity


    Cardiology Research

    World Journal of Nephrology and Urology

    Cellular and Molecular Medicine Research


    Journal of Neurology Research

    International Journal of Clinical Pediatrics



    Cardiology Research, bimonthly, ISSN 1923-2829 (print), 1923-2837 (online), published by Elmer Press Inc.                     
    The content of this site is intended for health care professionals.

    This is an open-access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted
    non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
    Creative Commons Attribution license (Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International CC-BY-NC 4.0)

    This journal follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals,
    the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines, and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

    website:   editorial contact:
    Address: 9225 Leslie Street, Suite 201, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3H6, Canada

    © Elmer Press Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the published articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the editors and Elmer Press Inc. This website is provided for medical research and informational purposes only and does not constitute any medical advice or professional services. The information provided in this journal should not be used for diagnosis and treatment, those seeking medical advice should always consult with a licensed physician.