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Best Research Paper Award

Each year the Heart editorial team selects the most meritorious research papers to receive the Heart Best Research Paper Award. Primary considerations are the relevance of the clinical question addressed by the research, the quality of the research study design and data presentation, and the interest generated by the paper among other researchers, clinical cardiologists and the general public. We are pleased to announce the winner and finalists for the Heart Best Research Paper Award 2022 in recognition of high quality and clinical impact. The 2022 award is for the best research paper published in the journal in 2021.


Ki-Chul Sung, Yun Soo Hong, Jong-Young Lee, Seung-Jae Lee, Yoosoo Chang, Seungho Ryu, Di Zhao, Juhee Cho, Eliseo Guallar, Joao A C Lima Physical activity and the progression of coronary artery calcification Paper >>


Markus Schwerzmann, Francisco Javier Ruperti-Repilado, Helmut Baumgartner, Berto Bouma, Judith Bouchardy, Werner Budts, Laurence Campens, Massimo Chessa, Maria Jesús del Cerro Marin, Harald Gabriel, Pastora Gallego, Rocio Garcia-Orta, Ana Elvira Gonzalez, Annette Schophuus Jensen, Magalie Ladouceur, Berta Miranda-Barrio, Marielle Morissens, Agnes Pasquet, Joaquín Rueda, Annemien E van den Bosch, Heleen Berdina van der Zwaan, Daniel Tobler, Matthias Greutmann Clinical outcome of COVID-19 in patients with adult congenital heart disease Paper >> Natalie Glaser, Veronica Jackson, Per Eriksson, Ulrik Sartipy, Anders Franco-Cereceda Relative survival after aortic valve surgery in patients with bicuspid aortic valves Paper >>


2021 winner

Julia Hippisley-Cox, Duncan Young, Carol Coupland, Keith M Channon, Pui San Tan, David A Harrison, Kathryn Rowan, Paul Aveyard, Ian D Pavord, Peter J Watkinson Risk of severe COVID-19 disease with ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers: cohort study including 8.3 million people Paper >>

2020 winner

Ralph Kwame Akyea, Joe Kai, Nadeem Qureshi, Barbara Iyen, Stephen F Weng Sub-optimal cholesterol response to initiation of statins and future risk of cardiovascular disease Paper >>

2019 winner

Sean Lee Zheng, Fiona T. Chan, Adam A. Nabeebaccus, Ajay M. Shah, Theresa McDonagh, Darlington O. Okonko, Salma Ayis Drug treatment effects on outcomes in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: a systematic review and meta-analysis Paper >>

2018 winner

Elizabeth Mostofsky, Martin Berg Johansen, Anne Tjønneland, Harpreet S. Chahal, Murray A. Mittleman, Kim Overvad Chocolate intake and risk of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation: the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study Paper >>

2017 winner

Nicole K Valtorta, Mona Kanaan, Simon Gilbody, Sara Ronzi, Barbara Hanratty Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal observational studies Paper >>

2016 joint winners

Edward W Carlton, Louise Cullen, Martin Than, James Gamble, Ahmed Khattab, Kim Greaves A novel diagnostic protocol to identify patients suitable for discharge after a single high-sensitivity troponin Paper >> Chun Shing Kwok, S Matthijs Boekholdt, Marleen A H Lentjes, Yoon K Loke, Robert N Luben, Jessica K Yeo, Nicholas J Wareham, Phyo K Myint, Kay-Tee Khaw Habitual chocolate consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease among healthy men and women Paper >>

2015 winner

Sonia Bouri, Matthew James Shun-Shin, Graham D. Cole, Jamil Mayet and Darrel P. Francis Meta-analysis of secure randomised controlled trials of ß-blockade to prevent perioperative death in non-cardiac surgery Paper >>