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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 89

The heart of the matter

Date of Web Publication4-Jul-2017

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DOI: 10.4103/2250-3528.209402

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. The heart of the matter. J Clin Prev Cardiol 2017;6:89

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. The heart of the matter. J Clin Prev Cardiol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2023 Feb 6];6:89. Available from: https://www.jcpconline.org/text.asp?2017/6/3/89/209402

The recently concluded 6th Edition of “Medanta Echo and Cardiology Today and Tomorrow 2017” ended on a satisfying note. The meeting, which essentially was a blend of clinical science with the nuance of echocardiography, turned out to be a tremendous success. There were discussions on the 'state-of-the-art' as well as the 'glimpses of the future'. However, the most gratifying learning for me was to see that there was hunger for science amongst the clinicians who are actually the ones who examine the patients and write the prescriptions on a daily basis. They are the backbone of the healthcare system of our society and they are the true healers. If they are enlightened, the health of the nation will improve. This meeting was in this direction only, though, of course, it was only a drop in the scientific ocean!

This issue of the Journal is dedicated to the memory of Dr. V V Kakkar who, I had the good fortune to meet in Southampton, England a few years ago. He was a gentleman, visionary and scientist, all at the same time. His untimely demise leaves the scientific community poorer. Prof. Gundu Rao who knew him well, writes about his life and times. The Journal salutes him!

Amongst the scientific contributions this month, the usage of aspirin in human immunodeficiency virus infected patients, who are at increased risk of acute myocardial infarction, has been highlighted by Dr. Pak and associates from the USA (Underutilization of Aspirin in people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus at increased risk for Acute Myocardial Infection: Systemic review and meta- analysis). This article highlights that there is underutilization of aspirin in this subset of patients who now live longer due to greater antiviral drug utilization.

There are also two important articles on cardiovascular risk factors. One on construction site workers in Delhi (Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases among male workers of building construction site in Delhi) and the other a hospital based study in central India (A cross-sectional study on the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and risk profiling of adults in central India). Both highlight the increased burden of risks factors in our community- a matter of concern for India and a wake-up call, as well!

Drs. Geevar and Anoop highlight the importance of physical exercise in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (Exercise for prevention of cardiovascular disease: evidence based recommendations). The review emphasizes the prevalent sedentary life style in India on one hand and the evidence-based importance of physical activity on the other hand. As clinicians it behooves on us to spend that extra time with our patients and speak to them about the importance of physical activity in day-to-day life.

The brief reports on echo-Doppler in pulmonary artery hypertension (Color Doppler correlates of pulmonary artery hypertension) and 'medical angioplasty' (Medical angioplasty for iatrogenic malignant coronary atherosclerosis) are interesting reads. The latter certainly emphasizes the importance of optimized medical therapy in the management of the patients with coronary artery disease.

Our 'Landmark Trials' section on the 'Key messages from the American College of Cardiology 2017' is a careful mix of news that is important today and will make waves in the coming years. A must read.

The editorial team and I await your letters about the good, bad and ugly in JCPC. Please do not disappoint us. Do pen a few lines.

Happy reading!


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