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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Preface to First Issue of Heart India

Editor in Chief, Heritage Hospital Lanka, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication17-Jun-2013

Correspondence Address:
Alok Kumar Singh
Heritage Hospital Lanka, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-449x.113599

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Singh AK. Preface to First Issue of Heart India. Heart India 2013;1:1-2

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Singh AK. Preface to First Issue of Heart India. Heart India [serial online] 2013 [cited 2023 May 31];1:1-2. Available from: https://www.heartindia.net/text.asp?2013/1/1/1/113599

Every year, 17.1 million lives are claimed by the cardiovascular disease (CVD) 82% of which are in the developing world. As per the prediction of World Health Organization (WHO) by 2030, nearly 23.6 million people will die from CVD. So as a scientific community it is our duty to tackle CVD by means of preventive measure as well as therapeutic advances in terms of medicines and devices that is the reason we are starting a new Journal Heart India with Wolter Kluwer/Medknow. Our aim to start this journal from India is to stimulate our cardiologist and physicians to generate our own data and publish it in our own journal from Indian subcontinent without any prejudice and bias. Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is still very common in our country, but it is no more concern for Western Countries. Our problem is unique in the sense we are having the increasing incidence of diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease (CAD) with higher prevalence of rheumatic heart disease. In India, where the people account for one sixth of the world's population, data suggests that CVD accounts for approximately one fourth of total deaths. [1] The World Health Day, which marks the anniversary of the establishment of WHO in 1948, is celebrated annually on April 7, with a different theme each year, features an area of priority in global public health. On the occasion of celebrating the World Health Day on April 7 this year with a theme on hypertension, the WHO called on Wednesday for greater efforts to prevent and control this disease, which is also known as high blood pressure. [2] This year theme of WHO is the shift of its focus from communicable diseases to non-communicable diseases. The main worry of concern is the rising hypertension related cardiovascular mortality in the developing world in comparison to developed world because of less stringent implication of guideline recommendation and no proper government policy to tackle it.

Heart India covers basic scientific research to clinical practice and deals with all areas of CVD including from preventive cardiology, clinical cardiology, heart failure, electrophysiology, and interventional cardiology. We will appreciate articles on work at the molecular, and gene level with an emphasis on the pathophysiological mechanisms of CVDs. Our focus is to convert research in to knowledge, so every physician and cardiologist caring heart patients from primary to tertiary level may be benefitted. I realized that although Cardiologist in developing countries witness a range of disease spectrums, and acquire a wealth of clinical skill because of high clinical exposure, but they do not publish their experiences in journals. As a result, in spite of having good clinical and interventional experience Cardiologist from developing countries are often unable to become the authority in the absence of peer reviewed publication. Many feel strongly motivated to express their opinion in clinical meetings, but to write the same most lose the motivation.

Heart India will provide a platform to physician from India to share their clinical experience to the global audience in a scientific way in the form of original research article, review article, case report and image format. Heart India will have 4 issues in a year, which we will be comprised of the review article, original article, case report, images and journal scan, and educational article specifically designed by an editorial board in case format with evidence based discussion by experts in the field. Heart India encourage young cardiologist to publish with Heart India.

In this issue, first article is a review article by Dr. Tewari on functional angioplasty and two original article one from Kerala by Dr. Cyril James and second original article by Dr. Devraj et al.

Next to this article an interesting case report of vanishing right ventricular mass by Dr. Sudarshan and next to it a clinical image of Double orifice mitral Valve by Dr. Pandey et al. Last article is in journal Scan section by Dr. Pradhan who has nicely summarized all landmark paper and guideline related to coronary artery disease in last 1 year.

I will like to thank all editorial board member, reviewer and authors who have contributed in the publication of this issue. Lastly, I will like to thank the editorial staff of Wolter Kluwer/Medknow who works day and night to bring out Heart India first issue in this format.

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1.Murray CJ, Lopez AD. The Global Burden of Disease. Cambridge, MA: Harvard School of Public Health; 1996.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.A global brief on hypertension World Health Day, 2013. A report from WHO 2013.  Back to cited text no. 2


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