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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 43

Preventive Cardiology at its best!

Editor-in-chief, Journal of Clinical and Preventive Cardiology, India

Date of Web Publication18-Jul-2016

Correspondence Address:
Ravi R Kasliwal
Chairman, Clinical and Preventive Cardiology, Medanta - The Medicity, Sector 38, Gurgaon, Haryana - 122 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2250-3528.186489

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Kasliwal RR. Preventive Cardiology at its best! . J Clin Prev Cardiol 2016;5:43

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Kasliwal RR. Preventive Cardiology at its best! . J Clin Prev Cardiol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2023 Mar 29];5:43. Available from: https://www.jcpconline.org/text.asp?2016/5/2/43/186489

As the month of April approaches after a mild winter in India, the region is gearing up for a long grueling summer and the weather has already started to become hot. For this issue, we also bring hot topics of Cardiology to the fore, with review of some landmark trials predominantly talking about cholesterol and blood pressure lowering in intermediate risk patients. The studies were adequately powered to answer these questions and also included patients of various ethnic groups so that there was a diverse population. The STITCHES study and another heart failure trial were the other trials included. These studies have far reaching clinical implications, for us Indians as well!

Shifting focus to Indians directly, the present issue includes the Executive Summary of recently released "Lipid Association of India expert consensus statement on management of dyslipidemia in Indians 2016: Part 1". This is a significant contribution for the country and the region because the burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is "alarmingly high" here and the challenges we face are unique. The document is extensive and covers most aspects of day-to-day lipid management relevant to our clinical practice. It will help in delivering most appropriate lipid lowering therapy to our patients to bring about effective primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. This is an excellent document for reading and referring to!

Dr Enas, a well-known and much respected name in the field of Lipidology has further elaborated on this important topic giving his viewpoint, sharing his wisdom, while also highlighting the strengths of the consensus statement. His last statement on the United Nations' goal of "25X25" is very close to my heart- a 25% reduction in premature mortality due to cardiovascular disease by year 2025!

On a different note, a group from Philippine Heart Center draws our attention towards yet another very important but grossly neglected aspect of clinical cardiology and that is- cardiac rehabilitation. While cardiac rehabilitation has an undisputed role in improving morbidity, and possibly even mortality, in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction or undergoing cardiac surgery, it remains grossly underutilized, esp. in our region. Cuenza and colleagues, in the 'Philippine Heart Center CRAVE study', attempt to identify physicians' attitudes and preferences about cardiac rehabilitation- the key factors determining referral for rehabilitation programs.

Happy Reading!


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