This issue is dedicated to “2019 – the year in review” highlighting different aspects of cardiovascular disease, insights and progresses made. The editor, Prof Ntobeko Ntusi reviews a number of papers published in the SA Heart Journal during that year in his editorial.
A review and summary of key publications related to preventative cardiology (Kausik K. Ray et al), heart failure (John G.F. Cleland et al), imaging (Dudley Pennell et al and valvular heart disease (Ronald K Binder, Marc Dweck and Bernard Prendergast) ) are included in this issue.
The issue is also one of many editorials, with Prof Ntusi giving insight into Covid-19 and cardiovascular disease and an obituary for Prof Lionel Opie.
Dr Fenny Shidhika et al are giving an overview of cardiac catheterisation and surgery in Namibia.
K. Koolash and E.GM. Hoosen report on The short and one-year outcome of transcatheter Patent Ductus Arteriosus closure at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Durban, South Africa: A Descriptive retrospective chart review ; while F. Mpisane et al summarise Post cardiac surgery sternal wound sepsis burden, risk factors and outcomes at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa: A five-year experience
This issue includes another ECG quiz to test your knowledge (with answer) and an image in cardiology contribution where Philasande Mkoko and Blanche Cupido report on a case of Non-compliant left atrium masquerading as severe mitral regurgitation on cardiac catheterisation haemodynamics.
As has become tradition, the journal also includes the SA Heart Newsletter with reports from our and other congresses as well as society, special interest group and other news and information on scholarships.
SA Heart Journal is now CPD accredited, the questionnaire for this issue (1 clinical point) has been loaded on the MPC Journal CPD platform and is free to take for members. You can also access the questionnaire for the last issue of 2019 on this site (2 clinical points) which has unfortunately been unduly delayed for upload until now.
With great thanks to the Journal and newsletter editors Prof Ntusi and Dr Cupido as well as the production team at iDesign for providing another informative and professional issue, to Dr Derick van Vuuren for uploading the Journal to the website and the MPC group for facilitating the CPD CMEs.