Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition) Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition)
Rev Esp Cardiol. 2016;69:351 - Vol. 69 Num.03 DOI: 10.1016/j.rec.2015.11.021

Sensationalist Headlines: Also in the Scientific Press? Response by Ferreira-González

Ignacio Ferreira-González a,

a Editor-in-Chief, Revista Española de Cardiología, Madrid, Spain

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Sensationalist Headlines: Also in the Scientific Press?
Armando Pérez de Prado, Carlos Cuellas Ramón, Rodrigo Estévez Loureiro, María López Benito, Felipe Fernández Vázquez
Rev Esp Cardiol. 2016;69:350
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To the Editor,

In my view, Pérez de Prado et al make 2 pertinent comments in their letter on the article by Abu-Assi et al, “The Risk of Cardiovascular Events After an Acute Coronary Event Remains High, Especially During the First Year, Despite Revascularization”.1 They first state that “a strong incentive to read the article was its provocative title”, and go on to suggest that this title could be considered “sensationalist, overspeculative, or biased”. Since this title was proposed to the authors by the editorial team at Revista Española de Cardiología, these comments merit a response.

Regarding the first comment, we congratulate ourselves that the title had the desired effect, which was none other than to attract readers’ attention to the robust finding of an observational study conducted with meticulous methodology. Regarding the second, we profoundly disagree with the authors’ description. The article has an informative title, defined as one that summarizes the findings; the title simply describes the main study finding, without any speculation. Informative titles may not be the norm in the scientific press, but neither are they exceptional, and they can be found in leading journals; for example, Increased risk of congenital heart disease in twins in the North of England between 1998 and 20102 and Patients with ankylosing spondylitis have increased cardiovascular and cerebrovascular mortality: a population-based study.3 Moreover, use of informative titles is established practice in some specialist journals, such as the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.4 Irrespective of these considerations, we sincerely trust that the title in question is not “biased” as the authors indicate and that it does not lead to the conclusion, or even the suggestion, that revascularization does not modify prognosis in acute coronary syndrome. Nothing could be further from the article's intention and content.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

I. Ferreira-González is a member of the editorial team of Revista Española de Cardiología.

I. Ferreira-González has received payment for consulting, conferences, the development of educational material, and grants to attend conferences from Abbott, Astra-Zeneca, Bayer, BMS-Pfizer, Daichii-Sankyo, Ferrer, Menarini, Novartis, Sanofi and Servier and a research grants from Ferrer.

Bibliography

1. Abu-Assi E, López-López A, González-Salvado V, Redondo-Diéguez A, Peña-Gil C, Bouzas-Cruz N, et al. El riesgo de eventos cardiovasculares tras un evento coronario agudo persiste elevado a pesar de la revascularización, especialmente durante el primer año. Rev Esp Cardiol. 2016;69:11-8.
2. Best KE, Rankin J. Increased risk of congenital heart disease in twins in the North of England between 1998 and 2010. Heart. 2015;101:1807-12.
3. Haroon NN, Paterson JM, Li P, Inman RD, Haroon N. Patients with ankylosing spondylitis have increased cardiovascular and cerebrovascular mortality: a population-based study. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163:409-16.
4. McGowan J, Tugwell P. Informative titles described article content. JCHLA/JABSC. 2005;26:83-4.

1885-5857/© 2016 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved

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