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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 43

Editor's page April 2019

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

Date of Web Publication3-Apr-2019

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

DOI: 10.4103/2250-3528.222930

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Kasliwal RR. Editor's page April 2019. J Clin Prev Cardiol 2019;8:43

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Kasliwal RR. Editor's page April 2019. J Clin Prev Cardiol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 Jun 30];8:43. Available from: https://www.jcpconline.org/text.asp?2019/8/2/43/222930

The months from January through April are extremely busy because our annual meeting is held in April and the preparations really peak in the last three months. However, the core group at Medanta Heart Institute seem to take it in their stride and gladly spend the extra hours it inevitably entails. I get the feeling of being blessed!

This issue of our journal, apart from original articles, reviews and the usual features, also publishes the Indian Academy of Echocardiography Expert Document: “Indian Academy of Echocardiography guidelines and manual for performance of stress echocardiography in coronary artery disease” by Dr Nitin Burkule and Dr Manish Bansal. My thanks to Dr Satish Govind, Editor of the Journal of the Indian Academy of Echocardiography, for providing necessary permission to republish this document in JCPC. My belief is that this document will go a long way in helping us perform stress echocardiography in a scientific manner and will help minimize errors. As the authors proclaim- “this is a comprehensive how- to- do document”- and it indeed lives up to its promise. Many thanks to Dr Burkule and Dr Bansal, the authors of the document, for so painstakingly giving us important data to be applied to every day practice at once.

Dr Farhim Iqbal and colleagues from Guwahati have an important message to convey through their article- “Utility of ankle-brachial pressure index/carotid intima-media thickness ratio in predicting presence and severity of coronary artery disease: A study from major center in North-Eastern India” and the message is that prevention and early detection of coronary artery disease are crucial for our country, given the rising prevalence of coronary artery disease in India and high morbidity and mortality associated with it.

Dr Melvin George and his group from Kancheepuram (TN) in an original article “Clinical presentation and 2-year mortality outcomes in acute heart failure in a tertiary care hospital in South India: A retrospective cohort study” share with us their data on acute heart failure in ischemic and non-ischemic conditions and make for compulsory reading and reflection.

The group from GVSM Medical College, Kanpur and Department of Community Medicine, GMC Kunnauj from Uttar Predesh in an original article “Association between hypertension and sleep duration and water intake in Indian young adults” demonstrate that sleep and water intake contribute to hypertension in young adult boys and girls aged 17 to 22 years- an interesting concept indeed!

The review article by Dr Sita Ram Mittal “QT interval- its measurement and clinical significance” can be labelled as the students' page and is well articulated and simply put. Over the years, the journal owes a lot to Dr Mittal for his contributions and looks forward to his continuous patronage. The current review, too, is timely.

Dr Nitin Burkule's article “Stress echocardiography in aortic stenosis” is an invited article at the insistence of the Editor-in-Chief. Aortic stenosis is a very dynamic field and a lot of new concepts are evolving in this filed, rapidly changing our understanding of this entity. Dr Burkule has, over the years, made important contributions in this field that the editors wanted him to put together, in the form of a review article, the current concepts about the role of stress echocardiography in the evaluation of aortic stenosis. Dr Burkule has admirably done this and made simple the various nuances of aortic stenosis so commonly seen today. As the population is living longer, the problem of valvular aortic stenosis is increasing. At the same time, the advent of percutaneous valve implantation has made it possible to treat many of the high-risk elderly individuals with aortic stenosis who would have been deemed untreatable till a few years back. The technique of percutaneous valve implantation requires skillful echocardiography not only for peri-procedural evaluation but also for patient selection and subsequent follow-up. Hence, experience and expertise in this field of echocardiography are essential.

Dear Reader, those of you who are at the “Medanta Echo n Cardiology” conference and glancing through the journal sitting in the elegant hall of 'The Leela Ambience', I hope you will enjoy the meeting and those of you who are elsewhere, I hope this issue will be of great value to you as well.


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