The January JASE – Starting Off the Year with Exercise!

The January JASE contains, “The Prognostic Value of Exercise Echocardiography After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention,” by Ana Marques, MD, et al. Dr. Marques commented, “We sought to ascertain the prognostic value of a treadmill exercise echocardiography in patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), with an emphasis on negative or inconclusive tests. In this study, patients after PCI with negative stress tests were at low risk for hard events; patients with inconclusive tests had higher risk for cardiac events than those with negative tests.” The Pugliese et al., article, “Cardiac Reserve and Exercise Capacity: Insights from Combined Cardiopulmonary and Exercise Echocardiography Stress Testing,” adds to this important exercise conversation.

Additional clinical investigations in this issue focus on tricuspid valve disease, measurement of LV mass, high-resolution vascular ultrasound and stroke risk, and fetal echocardiography. A state-of-the-art review explores agitated saline contrast echocardiography in the identification of intra-and extracardiac shunts. A special article explores 3D imaging and dynamic modeling of systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve. Several brief research communications and letters to the editor provide 5-star food for the gray matter.

The blue pages include the President’s Message, the education calendar, and a communication from the Council of Perioperative Echocardiography (COPE). Plus, don’t miss the JASE podcasts produced by Amer Johri, MD, FASE, on the JASE homepage.  Tweet input to @amerjohri and @JournalASEcho.