JASE – Always Getting to the Heart of Echo

The February JASE contains, “Pediatric Heart Network Echocardiographic Z Scores: Comparison with Other Published Models,” by Leo Lopez, MD, FASE, et al. Dr. Lopez commented, “Echo Z-scores are used widely in pediatrics to determine normal reference ranges, but few data exist comparing the various Z-score models that have been published. This article highlights the differences among the most popular Z-score models (including the recently published Pediatric Heart Network Z-score model) as well as the limitations with using an individual model for specific therapeutic guidelines in various disease states.”

Additional clinical investigations in this issue focus on RVEF by 3D echo and its prognostic value, LV strain, exercise echocardiography, LA mechanics as markers of risk, and impact of appropriateness of an echo order. A state-of-the-art review explores usefulness of stress echo in the management of patients treated with anticancer drugs. Several brief research communications and letters to the editor round out the explorations.

February is American Heart Month, and ASE President Judy Hung, MD, FASE, has dedicated her President’s Message to our members, “The Heart of the ASE.” The ASE Education Calendar pulses with opportunities.

The JASE Submission Overview webinar, presented last Tuesday by JASE Editor-in-Chief, Michael Picard, MD, FASE, along with Associate Editor, Benjamin Eidem, MD, FASE, and Deputy Editor, Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, was a resounding success. The webinar slide sets, a succinct tutorial on creating an optimal submission, are housed on the JASE homepage, and the recorded webinar, which is free for members, is located on ASE’s Learning Hub.

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