JASE – Satiating a Variety of Minds

The October JASE includes, “State of the Art: Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair for Complex Mitral Regurgitation,” by Nir Flint, MD, et al. Senior author Robert J. Siegel, MD, said that, “Transcatheter edge-to-edge mitral valve repair has revolutionized the treatment of primary and secondary mitral regurgitation. Greater operator experience, improvements in intraprocedural imaging, the addition of the PASCAL device as well as new iterations of the MitraClip with longer and wider arms have expanded the clinical application of transcatheter edge-to-edge repair.” The mitral valve discussion continues with a second state-of-the-art review, from Leonardo Italia, MD, et al., “Percutaneous Edge-to-Edge Mitral Valve Repair: Beyond the Left Heart.”

Other clinical investigations in this issue explore echocardiography and atrial fibrillation, establishing optimal echocardiographic measurements, echocardiographic vs. angiographic measurement of the patent ductus arteriosus in extremely low birth weight infants, and the utility of echo guidance for transcatheter closure. A preclinical investigation looks at imaging myocardial scar with echocardiography. Brief Research Communications and Letters to the Editor round out this issue’s scientific matter.

ASE President Raymond Stainback, MD, FASE, announces in his President’s Message that ASE’s annual Echo Magazine is going monthly, offering a new mode of communication for ASE Special Interest Groups, Councils, and its entire membership. The Interventional Echocardiography Communication, written by Nishath Quader, MD, FASE, Rebecca Hahn, MD, FASE, Muhamed Saric, MD, PhD, FASE, and Stephen H. Little, MD, FASE, tackles the question, “Is it Time to Formalize Training for Interventional Echocardiography and Imaging for Structural Heart Disease Procedures,” and the education calendar outlines a multitude of learning options near and far.

A special insert is included in the print issue of JASE this month. A poster titled “The Role of Echocardiography in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy” can be removed from the journal and used for educational purposes. The poster, authored by Allison Hays, MD, FASE, and Karan Kapoor, MD, in collaboration with Judy W. Hung, MD, FASE, Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD, FASE, and David H. Wiener, MD, FASE, is also available online to download and print. ASE gratefully acknowledges Bristol Myers Squibb for their support of this valuable hypertrophic cardiomyopathy resource.

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