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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 127

Editor's page October, 2018


Editor-in-chief, Journal of Clinical and Preventive Cardiology, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Date of Web Publication15-Oct-2018

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ravi R Kasliwal
Chairman, Clinical and Preventive Cardiology, Medanta - The Medicity, Sector 38, Gurgaon, Haryana - 122 001
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2250-3528.243258

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As I pen this page on a Dubai-bound flight, my thoughts go to the devastation and havoc caused by incessant rains in the recent past in many parts of India. It caused misery to thousands of people, lives were lost, properties destroyed, livelihoods gone: all-in-all a calamity of a great magnitude! But with resilience inherent to Indians and help from many quarters, life is limping back to normal in many of these crippled states which were just ravaged.

On September 29, the cardiovascular caregivers across the globe celebrated the World Heart Day. The theme was appropriate: My Heart Your Heart. The articles selected for this issue depict the theme exactly. The articles are from good academic institutions from India, the USA, Nepal and Ukraine. The authors are internationally renowned.

“A Study on Estimating the Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Medical Students in Central Kerala: The INTERHEART Method” throws up interesting data that despite matched prevalence of risk factors in medical students and general populations. the would-be doctors had lower prevalence of smoking and had more physical activity. This despite the fact that we have long working hours and no real time to eat properly.

“Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for the Treatment of Acute ST-Segment Elevated Myocardial Infarction: Initial Single-Center Experience from Kathmandu, Nepal”- this single-center observational study of 100 ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients from Nepal with an acceptable mortality of 3% is a great effort from Dr Om Murti Anil and his team. This study will be a trendsetter for this small country and will help patients of Nepal.

“A Pilot Study to Assess the Effectiveness of Cardiac Rehabilitative Teaching Program on Quality of Life and Physiological Parameters Among Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in Tertiary Care Hospital” is from the All India Institute of Medical Science and lays emphasis on the use of a structured program of cardiac rehabilitation on quality of life in patients undergoing coronary bypass surgery. Certainly, we clinicians sometimes forget- what after a successful procedure? Is the patient the net gainer or could we have done more? In this respect, this article is worth pondering upon.

“Prevalence And Demographic Profile of Patients With Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease in the State of Uttarakhand- A Recently Created North Indian State”- this article from Uttarakhand explores the lack of scientific information available to doctors for planning medical and suitable surgical treatment modalities for our patients. It also reflects the state-to-state variation of disease pattern.

“Diabetes And Cardiovascular Disease in South Asians: A Global Perspective”- a view point that comes from a clinical scientist of great standing and the founder of the South Asian Society of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis: Prof. Gundu H R Rao. This perspective article dwells in-depth about the very high incidence of metabolic diseases such as hypertension, visceral adiposity, metabolic syndrome, type-2 diabetes and vascular diseases in South Asians. This data has been confirmed not only in South Asians living in their own countries but also in other countries and notably the American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement and advisory in this respect. Those of us interested in prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease will greatly benefit from this article. Otherwise too, it gives a great perspective of what we are in for if we do not heed these warnings.

A very well-known name in the field of heart failure biomarkers, Dr Alan Maisel and his group present a new algorithm using a new biomarker soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (ST2) in a review titled “Soluble ST2: A biomarker to monitor heart failure progression and treatment”. This data clearly demonstrates the value of the unique biomarker which is known to be associated with increased myocardial fibrosis and adverse cardiac remodeling. It appears to be a promising molecule and could make a difference in guiding management of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction too.

Dr S R Mittal has contributed a lot to JCPC and in this issue, he contributes a case-based review on isolated infundibular pulmonary stenosis. The relevant information is well summarized and his diagrams and illustrations are scientific, very informative and will serve as good teaching tools.

This issue also has a case report on Ortner' syndrome, which is becoming less common these days. However, as rheumatic mitral stenosis remains common in our country, we cannot afford to not recognize this condition promptly. This case report is thus timely and makes for an interesting read.

So dear readers, this issue has some path breaking articles which will have long-term implications for prevention of CVD in India and also heart failure management.

I do hope you will like what you have in your hands on the happy occasion of Dussehra, Durga Puja and Deepawali.




 

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