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Atrial cardiomyopathy: definition, diagnosis and clinical implications

Guest Editors:
Matteo Cameli: University of Siena, Italy
Michael Henein: Umeå University, Sweden

Submission Status: Open until 30 June 2024


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© Heo et al. Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:38   doi:10.1186/s12947-015-0032-5This is a case of idiopathic fibrosing mediastinitis (FM) with extensive cardiac involvement. The authors examined the patient using echocardiography and performed follow-up over 4 years, this is rare description of the application of echocardiography in FM.
Figure 1 shows echocardiography and enhanced cardiac MRI at admission showed diffuse lesions invading the heart and infiltration of the myocardium (arrow). 

Jiang, W., Xu, L., Guo, X. et al. Extensive fibrotic wrapping of the heart: a rare echocardiographic diagnosis. Cardiovasc Ultrasound 20, 19 (2022).

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Cardiovascular Ultrasound is an open access journal, publishing on all aspects of echocardiography, with a particular interest in unusual diagnostic aspects; and expert opinions on new techniques and technologies. We welcome articles with a technical and/or clinical focus and encourage authors to include relevant images or video files, which provide an additional dimension to published articles and enhance understanding.

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"The open access approach will benefit the reader, who will find no barrier to continuing their education using journals and to the scientist, who will have additional chances to gain access to high quality journals. (At present this is impeded by subscription, registration, pay per view, and so on.) It will also benefit those outside of the circle of structured scientific societies where the richest nations are over-represented in excess of their scientific merits."

Eugenio Picano, Founding Editor, Cardiovascular Ultrasound

"Ultrasound is the breakthrough technology of our time. It is exciting to work in such a field that has not yet fully expressed its potential. Echocardiography is the most cost-efficient technique and the natural competitor for any other, even highly sophisticated ones, because of its high clinical yield, the ability to assess anatomy and function, contractility and coronary flow reserve, and heart valve status, all in the same sitting. Most importantly, it does this with an ease of communication, because it is performed by cardiologists who translate the results into clinical management. These features make it an unsurpassed tool for initial and follow-up use on patients with heart diseases."

Rosa Sicari, Former Editor-in-Chief, Cardiovascular Ultrasound

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