New Guideline on Congenital Coronary Anomalies Multimodality Assessment Guideline in March JASE

The March JASE contains, “Recommendations for Multimodality Assessment of Congenital Coronary Anomalies” Lead author Peter Frommelt, MD, FASE, of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee said, “Congenital coronary artery anomalies, both in isolation and associated with other forms of congenital heart disease, have been recognized as having significant potential morbidity and mortality, including sudden cardiac death in children and adolescents. This document outlines specific strategies for imaging of each of the known congenital coronary anomalies, providing cardiac imaging specialists with a valuable resource to improve patient care and foster responsible utilization of diagnostic imaging modalities.”

Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysms: A State-of-the-Art Imaging Review” from Bo Xu, MB BS (Hons) FRACP, FACC, FASE, et al. is also in this issue. Clinical investigations explore contrast echocardiography, predicting heart failure risk from echocardiograms of coronary artery disease patients, topics in valvular heart disease, normal echocardiographic values in specific populations, and echocardiography in children. A pre-clinical investigation looks at how blood stasis imaging predicts cerebral microembolism during acute myocardial infarction.

Listen to the podcast by JASE social media team member, Amer M. Johri, MD, FASE, discussing “Association of Machine Learning-Derived Phenogroupings of Echocardiographic Variables with Heart Failure in Stable Coronary Artery Disease: The Heart and Soul Study” with co-author Geoffrey H. Tison, MD, MPH.

The President’s Message by Madhav Swaminathan, MD, MMCi, FASE, explores what differentiates ASE from other societies. Sue Phillip, RCS, FASE, writes in the Sonographers’ Communication about the Annual Scientific Sessions in Denver, and a special article by Drs. Ritu Thamman, Tejas Desai, David Wiener, and Madhav Swaminathan explores ASE’s Twitter Journal Club and how it is part of the changing paradigm in cardiology education.

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through ASE@ASEcho.org. Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.