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Heartbeat: Highlights from this issue
  1. Catherine M Otto
  1. Correspondence to Professor Catherine M Otto, Division of Cardiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA;

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As the year 2015 begins, I would like to personally thank all of you who have reviewed articles for Heart over the past year. External peer review is a core aspect of scientific publishing and your balanced reviews assist the Editorial Team in selecting the highest quality and most interesting original research papers for publication in Heart. Your insightful comments also provide authors with the opportunity to revise the paper to ensure the data is presented and interpreted as carefully as possible. I hope that my short comments on “How to Review a Paper for Heart” (see page 3) in this issue will be helpful to both new and experienced reviewers in understanding what types of comment are most useful to authors and the Editorial Team. Heart is committed to a rapid review cycle both in the interest of rapid dissemination of research data and out of courtesy to authors; reviewers are the keystones of this rapid review process. Again, my most sincere thanks.

In this issue is the Joint UK Societies' 2014 Consensus Statement on Renal Denervation for Resistant Hypertension (see page 10). Although endothelial renal denervation initially showed promising effects for control of blood pressure in small studies of patients with hypertension …

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