Structural Heart Disease Takes the Leading Role in Current JASE

Five state-of-the-art reviews about echocardiography in structural heart disease (SHD) interventions are in the April JASE. Complementing these articles is a presentation of the ACC/ASE 2017 Appropriate Use Criteria for Multimodality Imaging in Valvular Heart Disease. James N. Kirkpatrick, co-author of “Role of Echocardiography in Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement in Native Mitral Valves and Mitral Rings,” said, “Structural heart interventions have revolutionized the treatment of cardiovascular disease in recent years, and imaging plays a central role in patient selection and procedural guidance.  For many patients who once faced the daunting prospect of open-chest surgical procedures, there are now percutaneous options.  Reductions in morbidity and recovery time improve important patient-centered outcomes, in addition to reducing the risk for patients with serious co-morbidities.”  For his monthly podcast, JASE Editor-in-Chief Michael H. Picard, MD, FASE, interviewed Drs. Rebecca T. Hahn and Muhamed Saric about the role of echocardiography in SHD interventions. Two clinical investigations on aortic annular and software round out the issue. In the JASE blue pages, learn about all the fantastic opportunities that lie in store for attendees going to the Annual Scientific Sessions in Nashville, Tennessee.

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.