Circulation Cardiovascular Case Series
Cardiovascular medicine provides proof of the clear benefits of evidence-based care. The evaluation and treatment of many conditions are well-defined and practice is uniform. Despite the large size and quality of this evidence base, however, the majority of clinical practice relies on the accurate synthesis and extrapolation of the patient's history, physical examination, and laboratory evaluation. Furthermore, advances in cardiovascular medicine occur at such a rapid pace that settled treatment paradigms must evolve rapidly to keep pace with the advance of medical knowledge. It is at this intersection of patient evaluation and advancing patient-based research that Circulation launches a new series entitled Circulation Cardiovascular Case Series.
This series, which was first suggested to us by two cardiology fellows, Nihar R. Desai, MD, MPH and Ravi V. Shah, MD, will invoke an iterative model of case presentation and discussion, focusing on complex diagnostic and treatment questions in cardiovascular medicine. An expert clinician will reveal his/her thought process and response to the patient's history, physical examination, and laboratory evaluation as the case unfolds. The interactive format permits real-time feedback and adjustment in each clinical encounter by the expert clinician, mimicking patient encounters and highlighting the important links between evident pathophysiology, appropriate testing, and treatment selection. The reader will also be able to make judgments during the case presentation, as important static images will be presented in print and important moving images available online. In addition, readers viewing the case online at http://circ.ahajournals.org/ will be able to submit a comment by selecting the “Submit a Comment” link on the right-hand side of the page.
The Editors invite submissions to Circulation Cardiovascular Case Series that highlight an important diagnostic or management dilemma within the broad range of cardiovascular disease. We hope that you enjoy and learn from this new series.
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