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Contact: Bridgette McNeill
American Heart Association

New journal focuses on progress, problems in treating heart failure

American Heart Association journal report

DALLAS, May 21 — Findings about how the day of admission influences the length of a patient’s hospitalization for heart failure, and questions about the effectiveness of two drugs to treat heart failure patients are featured in the inaugural issue of Circulation: Heart Failure.

The new journal features scientific articles charting advances and challenges in diagnosing and treating heart failure – a growing disease problem that afflicts 5.3 million Americans.

Circulation: Heart Failure is the second of six new specialized publications of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association that will be introduced by the American Heart Association to intensify the focus on research developments aimed at combating the major cardiovascular diseases.

“Knowledge in the field of heart failure has grown substantially over recent years, as has the breadth of research, both paralleling the growth of the clinical problem,” said James E. Udelson, M.D., of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, editor of the new Circulation: Heart Failure journal. Better survival after heart attack and an aging population will mean heart failure “has and likely will continue to occupy a greater share of clinicians’ focus,” Udelson said in a preface to the journal.

“The array of potential therapies has expanded,” he said, “and the coming years will likely see the emergence of advances in devices and regenerative therapies as well as more focused therapies based on pharmacogenomics (the interaction of drugs and genetics) . . . ”

Hospital discharges for heart failure in the United States rose from 400,000 annually in 1979 to 1,084,000 in 2005 — an increase of 171 percent, according to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2008 Update. Total mention mortality for heart failure claimed 284,400 lives in 2004, the most recent data available. The disease costs the United States $34.8 billion annually.

Highlights from the inaugural issue of Circulation: Heart Failure include these findings:

An ongoing series planned in the new journal will include “Development of Therapeutics in Heart Failure,” “Advances in Heart Failure,” “Controversies in Heart Failure,” and “Challenges to the Basis of Practice.” Another series, “Cases and Images in Heart Failure” will highlight real-life scenarios that call for clinical thinking beyond guidelines, and is intended to be highly interactive with readers working alongside ‘experts’ to propose solutions to complex issues.

“As the heart failure field grows and new directions unfold, it is our hope that Circulation: Heart Failure will provide a forum for continuing expansion of new knowledge that ultimately will increase our understanding of pathophysiology, and translate into improved care for our patients,” Udelson said.


Each bimonthly issue of Circulation: Heart Failure and the other new journals will be available in both print and online formats. The journal Web site, http://circheartfailure.ahajournals.org will also present “Publish Ahead of Print” articles and other online features.

The journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology debuted in April and four other publications will be launched later this year. Full issues of the specialty journals will be published every other month, and papers from each issue will be published online -ahead of print - as they become available.

Statements and conclusions of study authors that are published in the American Heart Association scientific journals are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect association policy or position. The American Heart Association makes no representation or warranty as to their accuracy or reliability.

NR08-1064 (Circ HF debut)

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