The Editors of Circulation wish to remind our readers about 2 special sections of our journal: Clinician Update and the Patient Page. Clinician Update serves as case-based learning of important topics in cardiology geared to readers who are not specialists in that particular area. The section is especially pertinent for general cardiologists and for those cardiovascular medicine specialists who wish to retain overall familiarity with cardiovascular medicine. Recent contributions to this section have included a broad range of topics: clopidogrel resistance, coronary artery spasm, ventricular assist devices, coronary stents, and health literacy. Articles in Clinician Update are always published in the Print Edition of Circulation and are also posted on our Web site under the journal’s Special Sections (http://circ.ahajournals.org/misc/special.shtml). For an example of a recent Clinician Update, please see the one in this issue by Badiwala et al, titled “Surgical Management of Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation.”
The Patient Page is geared to nonprofessionals, especially to patients and their families. Articles are written with a minimum of medical jargon and are focused on providing the same type of “take-home message” that a cardiovascular specialist might provide to a patient and family during an outpatient office visit or family meeting during a hospitalization. Recent topics have included the following: venous thromboembolism prevention, warfarin anticoagulation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator recalls, aortic dissection, and hospital quality of care. Articles in the Patient Page section are posted on our Web site (http://circ.ahajournals.org/misc/special.shtml) and are available for downloading at no charge and without any restriction.
The Editors welcome submissions to either section of Circulation. Instructions to authors are posted on our Web site (http://circ.ahajournals.org/misc/ifora.shtml).