Right Heart Function Getting its Due in the May JASE

The May JASE, now online, includes nine clinical investigations on the topics of valvular heart disease, myocardial mechanics assessed during stress echocardiography, the athlete’s heart, three-dimensional echocardiography, and complex congenital heart disease along with a state-of-the-art review, “Stressing the Cardiopulmonary Vascular System: The Role of Echocardiography,” from Lawrence G. Rudski, MD, FASE, et al. “The clinical importance of right heart function is increasingly recognized,” Rudski said. “Just like the left heart, the right heart can be evaluated both at rest and under stress conditions. This state-of-the-art article reviews the methods and utility of different stress modalities in a variety of clinical conditions to evaluate the right ventricle and its coupling to its ‘afterload,’ the pulmonary vascular system.” Two “Letters to the Editor” look at the issue of whether it is time to revise the guidelines and recommendations for digital echocardiography. The blue pages explore what’s in store for cardiovascular ultrasound in the future and what’s on the schedule specifically for vascular ultrasound users at this year’s Scientific Sessions in Nashville. Also included is a moving tribute to sonographer Brian HaluskaPHD, MSC (HONS), MSC, RDCS, AMS, FASE, who recently passed away but who left an incredible and inspiring legacy.