JACC Heart Failure Editor's Update, December 2018
DECEMBER 2018 MINI-FOCUS ISSUE: FITNESS AND THE HEART
Is physical activity associated with a reduced risk of heart failure in postmenopausal women? While it is well recognized that physical activity reduces the risk for coronary heart disease and cardiovascular morbidity, the role of physical activity in the prevention of heart failure has not been well studied. Michael J. LaMonte and colleagues looked at the association between physical activity and heart failure risk in postmenopausal women. Click below to learn more:
Physical Activity and Incidence of Heart Failure in Postmenopausal Women
Michael J. LaMonte, JoAnn E. Manson, et al
Baseline physical activity level may be an important predictor of clinical events and mortality in heart failure patients. Mauro F. F. Mediano and colleagues looked at HF-ACTION trial participants to examine the impact of baseline physical activity level on responses to exercise training and clinical events. This analysis provides important information to help evaluate the efficacy of exercise training in various subgroups of heart failure patients. Click below to read about the possible association between baseline physical activity and response to aerobic exercise training:
Influence of Baseline Physical Activity Level on Exercise Training Response and Clinical Outcomes in Heart Failure: The HF-ACTION Trial
Mauro F.F. Mediano, Eric S. Leifer, et al
Identifying cancer patients who are likely to progress to Stage B heart failure may help to prevent this progression. Read this important cardio-oncology article as this becomes more common in our clinics. Through careful monitoring of symptoms and the use of sophisticated cardiac imaging, the authors studied individuals scheduled to receive potentially cardiotoxic chemotherapy to assess the change in heart failure stage from pre-treatment to three, six, and 12-24-months post treatment. Understanding how and when this progression takes place can lead to early initiation of measures to mitigate this risk. Read below:
Frequency of Transition From Stage A to Stage B Heart Failure After Initiating Potentially Cardiotoxic Chemotherapy
Deanna N. Jones, Jennifer H. Jordan, et al
MEET ASSOCIATE EDITOR Martin R. Cowie
Associate Editor Martin R. Cowie provides an international perspective to our deliberations, in addition to expertise in all aspects of health technology and the delivery of cost-efficient care.
Martin R Cowie, MD, MSc, is Professor of Cardiology and Chair of Cardiology (Health Services Research) at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London. He is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, and a Non-Executive Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Professor Cowie earned his medical degree from the University of Aberdeen, UK, before undertaking an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and completing his cardiology training.
Professor Cowie's research interests focus on health technology assessment and delivery of efficient and effective care for patients with heart failure, with a focus on diagnostics, drugs, or devices. He is a founding member and past-Chairman of the British Society for Heart Failure, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He chairs the Digital Health Committee of the ESC and was shortlisted for the NHS Digital Champion (Leadership) Award in 2017.
He serves on the editorial boards of several high-impact journals, has contributed chapters to many books, wrote a book for patients entitled Living with Heart Failure—A Guide for Patients, and has published more than 300 PubMed-listed papers.
He particularly enjoys speaking to members of the public about cardiovascular health issues, and has spoken at the Cambridge Science Festival, The Wellcome Foundation, The Dana Foundation, and most recently delivered a TEDx talk on “Beating the World’s Biggest Killer.”
3 Things People May Not Know about Me:
- I am a twin—my brother was a senior police officer but has now retired.
- Although I believe in climate change, I drive a 6000cc petrol engine Bentley convertible—but only rarely!
- I have an iPhone 6 pocket sewn into the lining of all my suits.