The Heart of Summer: July JASE

The July issue of JASE includes, “Cardiac Structural Changes and Declining Cardiorespiratory Fitness During Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.” Author Timothy W. Churchill, MD, FASE, remarks, “We studied men initiating treatment with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer using echocardiography and cardiopulmonary exercise testing at baseline and after six months of therapy. Over this time, we saw decreases in LV wall thickness and LV mass, and with these, exercise capacity, as measured by peak VO2, also declined. While preliminary, these findings raise the possibility that ADT, known for its associated skeletal muscle sarcopenia, could also be associated with similar myocardial changes that, paired with observed decreases in functional capacity, may have possible important prognostic implications.”

In addition to this report, readers can look forward to five other brief research communications on an array of topics. This issue hosts a variety of clinical investigations, as well, on topics ranging from AI in assessment of regional wall motion, to LV strain and prognosis in myocardial infarction, to 3D echo of the RV, and impact of cuff blood pressure measurement on myocardial work parameters. Three editorial comments accompany these papers, followed by a state-of-the-art review on radiation exposure to interventional echocardiographers and sonographers. Rounding out this issue are two letters to the editor.

In his first President’s Message, Theodore Abraham, MD, FASE, presents his vision for his term with three key initiatives to strengthen the Society for the next 50 years: ASE Creates, ASE Secures, and ASE Partners.

Check out our Author Spotlight page for a deeper dive into published works, including recent paper, “Echocardiographic Detection of Regional Wall Motion Abnormalities Using Artificial Intelligence Compared to Human Readers.”

Additionally, the 2023 Impact Factors were recently released. The new JASE Impact Factor is 5.4. There are 220 journals in the cardiac and cardiovascular systems category, and JASE maintained a high rank – 36 of 220 journals, keeping JASE in the top tier.

Please see the July ASE Education Calendar for a listing of educational opportunities far and wide.

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