Journal of Structural Heart Disease

Synopsis:

The New Technical Format for the Journal

  • A hybrid web-tablet format focused on a touch interface though still usable on traditional computers.
  • High quality video and audio
  • Interactive 2D images with planned support for native 3D models
  • Novel applications will be encouraged for development, presentation, and dissemination in JSHD
  • Digital libraries with open access will be built to support media content
    • Educational videos for use at the bedside
    • Libraries of videos portraying patient experiences

Preface:

The New Technical Format for the Journal

  • A hybrid web-tablet format focused on a touch interface though still usable on traditional computers.
  • High quality video and audio
  • Interactive 2D images with planned support for native 3D models
  • Novel applications will be encouraged for development, presentation, and dissemination in JSHD
  • Digital libraries with open access will be built to support media content
    • Educational videos for use at the bedside
    • Libraries of videos portraying patient experiences

The scope will include all adults with structural, valvular, and congenital heart diseases. It is anticipated that this journal will cover imaging related to interventional therapies for these disorders. Imaging has become one of the most important aspects in this discipline. In addition to imaging, of course, the main focus will be on the treatment aspects of all congenital, valvular, and structural heart disease in the adult patient. This certainly will include the aortic valve, the aortic arch, the mitral valve, the left atrial appendage, the atrial septum (ASDs/PFOs), the tricuspid valve, the ventricular septum (VSD), the right ventricle outflow tract, the pulmonic valve and the branch pulmonary arteries and any miscellaneous topics not covered under these subheadings. Although the focus will be on “catheter therapies,” the journal will also cover basic science articles, natural history and surgical management.

Table of Contents

The content is intended to reflect the broad multidisciplinary scope of the journal.

The journal will be divided into separate sections covering the entire gamut of structural and congenital heart disease in the adult patient.

The following sections will cover:

  1. Valvular heart disease, including all four cardiac valves.
  2. The left atrial appendage.
  3. Septal defects, including ASD/PFO/VSD and PDA.
  4. The aortic arch and branch pulmonary arteries
  5. Miscellaneous topics (anomalies of coronary arteries, Fontan patients, Mustard patients, etc.)
  6. New technologies
  7. “How I Do It” (A purely technical feature, for both surgical and interventional techniques.)
  8. “My Nightmare case in the cath lab”! A very important and honest presentation of cases that either ended well or not…what lessons we have learnt from these cases.
  9. “Ask the Editors” (A feature in which readers ask questions of the Editors in any of the topic categories of the journal. One editor or more may reply. This provides an opportunity to get detailed answers to difficult questions; questions will be selected to be of general interest to readers.)
  10. State-of-the Art Reviews (Key authors and key topics are summarized, with references.)
  11. PRO-CON Debates (Key authors and key topics are debated by authorities, followed by an editor’s scorecard on the debate).
  12. Basic Science for the Clinician (A basic scientist explains in intelligible terms methods, techniques, and concepts from the basic sciences. This feature permits cross-fertilization of ideas and enhances communication between scientists and clinicians.)
  13. Book Reviews
  14. Upcoming Meetings (Lists meetings within the scope of the journal.)
  15. On-going Clinical Trials (This feature provides a running list of clinical trials currently enrolling patients with various diseases related to the scope of the journal.)
  16. Letters to the Editor