JACC: Heart Failure Editor's Update, September 2018
SEPTEMBER 2018 FOCUS ISSUE: ADVANCED HEART FAILURE: INOTROPES AND MECHANICAL SUPPORT
Is there a role for rescue cardiac resynchronization therapy in end-stage heart failure patients requiring inotropic support? Gabriel Hernandez and colleagues review the data and examine the viability of the use of rescue CRT as a therapeutic option. The potential to wean patients from inotropic support, decrease the rate of mortality, improve quality of life, and serve as a bridge to LVAD or transplantation is explored. Click below to read the review:
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy in Inotrope-Dependent Heart Failure Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Gabriel A. Hernandez, Vanessa Blumer, et al
Tiana Nizamic, Shannon Dunlay, and colleagues looked at existing data on the risks and benefits of ambulatory inotrope infusions in advanced heart failure patients. This comprehensive analysis provides valuable information about the potential benefits of inotrope infusions and raises important questions about the importance of functional class improvement at the possible expense of further complications and worsening outcomes. Click below to learn more:
Ambulatory Inotrope Infusions in Advanced Heart Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Tiana Nizamic, M. Hassan Murad, et al
Should advanced heart failure patients enroll in hospice? Would increasing enrollment in hospice benefit patients and the healthcare system at large? In this important contribution to the discussion of end of life issues, Laura Gelfman and colleagues looked at predictors of hospice enrollment and possibilities for developing a hospice model customized to individual needs. Click below to read the analysis by Gelfman and colleagues:
Predictors of Hospice Enrollment for Patients With Advanced Heart Failure and Effects on Health Care Use
Laura P. Gelfman, Yolanda Barrón, et al
The role of blood pressure management on stroke rates in HeartWare HVAD patients is outlined in a report of the ENDURANCE Supplemental Trial. The importance of monitoring and management of blood pressure to avoid adverse outcomes is highlighted and discussed by Carmelo Milano and colleagues. To read more on these findings, click below:
HVAD: The ENDURANCE Supplemental Trial
Carmelo A. Milano, Joseph G. Rogers, et al
MEET ASSOCIATE EDITOR James Januzzi
Associate Editor Jim Januzzi’s extensive knowledge of the mechanisms of heart failure, his expertise in cardiac biomarkers, and his deliberate and reasoned approach to helping select the very best of the many excellent papers we receive make him an outstanding member of our editorial team.
Dr. Januzzi is the Hutter Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a staff cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Senior Cardiometabolic Faculty member at Baim Institute for Clinical Research.
The son of a clinician, Jim graduated as the top-ranked student at New York Medical College in 1994, and subsequently performed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship in cardiology and cardiac ultrasound at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been on staff there since 2000 and has built a large clinical cardiology practice.
His research has focused on cardiac biomarker testing and his studies have set international guideline standards for use in diagnosis, prognosis, and management of patients with acutely decompensated heart failure or chronic heart failure as well as those with acute coronary syndromes. He has published more than 500 manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles; has edited five textbooks; and is among the top 1% most cited researchers, according to Clarivate/Web of Science. He has mentored dozens of trainees over the years and has an international presence as a cardiovascular educator.
Jim is also an Associate Editor of the parent JACC journal; is chair of the ACC Task Force on Expert Consensus Decision Pathway Documents; is a member of the ACC Science and Quality Committee; and will join the ACC Board of Trustees in 2019.
3 Things People May Not Know about Me:
- I have been one of the team physicians for the Boston Red Sox since 2005; aboard for the championship runs in 2007 and 2013. I’m the proud owner of two World Series rings and hope to add another one in 2018.
- I discovered that I was a musician at the age of 6 and have played drums, guitar, and keyboards in bands throughout my life. I have 9 guitars, 4 amps, 3 keyboards, a full drum kit, bass rig, and a PA system in my home studio. I played guitar semi-professionally in Boston up until about 10 years ago, when my "day job" got in the way, but my songs have been played on the radio and some can be found on YouTube.
- My Italian immigrant grandparents were my role models. They came to this country barely able to read and write and, through hard work and perseverance, were able to send my parents to college and my dad to medical school. I learned that anything is possible if you work hard. Now if only I could relax....
CALL FOR PAPERS
Focusing on the growing body of literature surrounding heart failure in women, JACC: Heart Failure is planning a special issue on this topic for March 2019. Learn more and submit your manuscript by November 30.