Cardiology Milestones: Keeping Up With Developments

Cardiology Review® Online, February 2012, Volume 28, Issue 1

Letter from the Publisher

Mike HennessyAs physicians work to stay abreast of the constant changes in their field, Cardiology Review offers the unique opportunity to keep up-to-date with the most important, most current studies. We know that physicians who work in the cardiovascular realm are busier than ever before—thanks in part to the growing aging patient population and more complex, multi-disease cases. The myriad of information available from journals, the Internet, and other communication vehicles can be overwhelming and largely unmanageable. With Cardiology Review available 6 times a year, we supply a much-needed solution.

Cardiology Review brings clear, concise, timely synopses of current studies under the expert guidance of a select editorial advisory board and editor-in-chief. The journal offers the ideal opportunity for physicians to get up to speed on advancements that need to be addressed in their practice. This journal will help you make the most efficient use of your valuable time with our specially designed package. It allows the reader to read the Reviews and Commentaries of important studies, and then solidify his or her knowledge with a CME test available online at www.cardiology-review.com. The CME questions are available here for review on page 35.

Additionally, for this issue we asked our editor-in-chief, Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, MS, FACC, to assess milestones in cardiology, focusing on top stories in 2011 that will affect your practice—or may have already. Go to “Year 2011 in Review” on page 38 and see if you agree with his choices. The topics include the review by the US Supreme Court of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) mandate for individuals to obtain health insurance as well as the ACA’s Medicaid expansion provision and the new pilot program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recoup billions of dollars due to fraud and error. Cardiology organizations have expressed concern that this CMS program may disrupt care for patients and place burdens on providers.

The recent American Heart Association meeting was a busy time for the profession, with more than 4000 presentations conducted by the leading world experts. In our “Meeting Report” coverage, we summarize 5 important studies that may well land on this year’s list of “Top Stories in Cardiology.” Watch for more useful summaries of cardiovascular disease research—fresh from important meetings—as we cover upcoming congresses in future issues. For a look at upcoming cardiology meetings in the next months, go to page 37.

Thank you for reading!

Mike Hennessy President, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer