Archives for August 2018

CASE is Now Live in PubMed Central

We are thrilled to announce that CASE, ASE’s cardiovascular imaging online case reports journal, is now live in PubMed Central back to Volume 1, Issue 1 that was published in February 2017. There are many people to recognize for their efforts to attain this achievement including the CASE Co-Editors-in-Chief Karen G. Zimmerman, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE, and L. Leonardo Rodriguez, MD, FASE, FACC, and the entire CASE Editorial Board who worked tirelessly to publish this exemplary peer-reviewed journal. We would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the authors who have submitted to and published in CASE as well as CASE publisher Elsevier. This is a great accomplishment for everyone associated with the journal and our Society.

Diabetes in the August JASE

The August issue of JASE, now online, includes the article, “Impact of Diabetes and Increasing Body Mass Index Category on Left Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Function,” by Arnold C.T. Ng, MBBS, PhD, Francesca Prevedello, MD, Giulia Dolci, MD, Cornelis J. Roos, MD, Roxana Djaberi, MD, Matteo Bertini, MD, PhD, See Hooi Ewe, MBBS, Christine Allman, MSc, Dominic Y. Leung, MBBS, PhD, Nina Ajmone Marsan, MD, PhD, Victoria Delgado, MD, PhD, and Jeroen J. Bax, MD, PhD. Lead author Dr. Ng said that, “Diabesity, the combination of type 2 diabetes and obesity, is a growing worldwide epidemic that contributes to cardiovascular disease. This multicenter study demonstrated the concurrent additive detrimental effects of diabetes and increasing body mass index on left ventricular (LV) myocardial systolic and diastolic function, with increasing obesity associated with greater LV myocardial dysfunction than diabetes. Therefore, future clinical studies on diabetes should also focus on obesity in this patient population.”

Also in this issue is a state-of-the-art review, “Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation in Degenerated Bioprosthetic Valves,” as well as papers on coronary artery disease, pulmonary hypertension, cardiometabolics, appropriate use of echocardiography, cardio-oncology, and pediatric cardiomyopathies. The blue pages include ASE President Dr. Jonathan Lindner’s message exploring ASE’s international relations and a COPE column by Drs. G. Burkhard Mackensen and Alina Nicoara on improving the quality and reporting of perioperative echocardiography.

ImageGuideEcho Advocates for ASE Members at CMS

Registry Chair Dr. Sherif Nagueh (center in picture) and ASE staffers, Sarah Beth Bdoyan and Robin Wiegerink traveled with their ASNC partner representatives to CMS Headquarters in Baltimore, MD, on Thursday, July 26, to advocate for the inclusion of echocardiography in physician-established QCDR performance measures. These performance measures will help members facilitate meeting reporting requirements under MIPS through involvement in ImageGuideEcho™, a module under the ImageGuide Registry® platform. ImageGuideEcho is the first echo-specific clinical data registry. For more information about this registry and other efforts in ImageGuideEcho, contact