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Journal of Veterinary Cardiology

Journal of Veterinary Cardiology

With past memories and current momentum we go

The Journal of Veterinary Cardiology (JVC) is changing and growing with the goal of being the preferred publication for manuscripts in veterinary cardiology. We are striving to be the premier journal for our specialty because of the high quality of the manuscripts, the excellence of image production, the innovative avenues for scientific exchange and a ‘user-friendly’ interchange for authors, reviewers and readers.

Over the last few years the editorship of the journal has changed, but the enthusiasm of those who originally envisioned the ‘‘Journal of Veterinary Cardiology’’ has endured. So importantly, persons from several countries and board members of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology set in motion the idea of the JVC. We are particularly indebted to the work of Drs. Valerie Chetboul, Chris Amberger, and Chris Lombard who spear-headed these early years of the JVC.

It is vital that we emphasize the dedicated efforts of Dr. Chetboul during her 4 years as Editor-in-Chief, because without her efforts, the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology would not have the opportunities it has today. As the JVC has expanded from its European home to encompass the international community, the liaison between the American and European groups has become stronger than ever. The Journal of Veterinary Cardiology now seeks to expand its reach even further to colleagues throughout the world of veterinary cardiology.

The Editors of the JVC are ever searching for creative ideas to improve the delivery of research investigations and clinical data to veterinary cardiologists world-wide. We want to provide a platform for the highest quality research manuscripts in our field, but also we want to provide the means of communicating important information on case management and to craft avenues for educating ourselves and trainees.

Because cardiology is a visual specialty, we have strived to provide the highest quality color images and online videos. Soon we will have a video library/ catalog available to improve the ease of reviewing ‘cardiology in motion’. This resource is an excellent means of teaching interpretation of diagnostics and of learning clinical procedures. In addition to the core manuscripts included in the Original Research and Clinical Studies and Case Reports, we encourage potential authors and readers to examine the different sections of the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, where each has a specific mission, as described in the Guide for Authors.

These sections, which provide yet another opportunity for disseminating information, include the Translational Science and Reviews section for in-depth reviews to link fundamental science to clinical patients, the Cardiovascular Methods and Analysis section to learn how to perform procedures and interpret the data, the Cardiovascular Images section to show beautiful images and teach with a focused example of cardiology, the Cardiovascular Pathology section to understand the structural disorders behind cardiac dysfunction, and the Pharmacology and Therapeutics section to share the expanding data base of information on drugs.

A note concerning the Pharmacology and Therapeutics section is the initiation of a special series to provide review and scientific commentary with regards to cardiac drugs. To disseminate more information to our community, the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology will be expanding to 4 issues in 2010. At that time we will introduce another feature known as ‘theme issues’ to facilitate communication of knowledge. These yearly ‘theme issues’ will be devoted to a particular focus with several thorough review manuscripts and original work in that field. Potential topics for the theme issues include ‘‘The Atrioventricular Valves’’, ‘‘Diagnostic Procedures in Cardiology’’, ‘‘Congestive Heart Failure’’, ‘‘Arrhythmias’’, and ‘‘Feline Cardiac Disease’’.

We 1760-2734/$ - see front matter ª 2009 Published by Elsevier B.V. doi:10.1016/j.jvc.2009.02.004 Journal of Veterinary Cardiology (2009) 11, S1eS2 elsevier.com/locate/jvc will be sending notices regarding the deadlines for submission of manuscripts. Importantly, we want to remind authors that the JVC already is indexed for MEDLINE and searchable via PubMed. Moreover, the processing of manuscripts is improving with the help of our dedicated reviewers, such that in 2008 the average time from the submission of a manuscript to its electronic and print publication was 6.8 and 11 weeks, respectively. Our submission rate is increasing and we continue to encourage our specialty to submit its best papers to the JVC. How we review The Editors of the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology want to express their sincere appreciation to all of you who have reviewed manuscripts.

We have a selected Review Board of individuals who have agreed for 2 years to evaluate multiple manuscripts per year with a 2 week turn-around. In addition, we call upon our ad hoc reviewers for their expertise. Because of our limited pool of reviewers, obtaining excellent reviews in a timely fashion is a challenge. We want to show our appreciation for the effort put forth by all the reviewers by listing in this issue the names of those who have given their time. We would like for the readers and authors of the JVC to understand our review process. All manuscripts accepted for review are evaluated by a minimum of 2 reviewers and if the reviews are disparate, at least one additional reviewer is sought. Increasingly, we are seeking reviewers who are in the basic sciences, as the number of papers that demand such evaluations continues to increase. All papers that include statistics are examined by a statistician. Furthermore, each paper is read by at least 2 members of the Editorial Board (Section Editor and Editor-in-Chief). Collectively, these assessments are used to determine what revisions are required and ultimately whether the manuscript will be accepted or rejected. Once accepted, copy-editing is performed before the paper is submitted for production. Members of our Editorial Board are allowed (as is true for other journals) to submit manuscripts for publication. However, that editor is blinded in the Elsevier Electronic Submission (EES) system from having knowledge of the reviewers.

We also want to stress that all papers have explicit conflict of interest statements, as illustrated in our current issue. A nice (niche) journal for us The Editors of the JVC want to extend our gratitude to the authors, reviewers and readers as we move forward to capture and embrace new ideas for reaching our current audience and expanding to others. The Journal of Veterinary Cardiology is our journal.

‘Our’ defined today as likely less than 1000 persons world-wide with an interest in this field strong enough to dedicate the time and life to bringing the most accurate and meaningful information to each other. We want the substance of all publications to be founded in science and evidence-based conclusions that can help our patients and improve our research. Of course, reaching this goal is not easy, but if we are not vigilant in our attempts, we will never come close and getting close to the heart is what it is all about.

  1. Assessment of longitudinal systolic function using tissue motion annular displacement in healthy dogs
  2. An update on canine cardiomyopathies - is it all in the genes?
  3. Echocardiographic identification of atrial-related structures and vessels in horses validated by computed tomography of casted hearts
  4. Malignant mesothelium as a diagnostic aid in canine pericardial disease
  5. Canine idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Part II: pathophysiology and therapy
  6. Effects of pimobendan on myocardial perfusion and pulmonary transit time in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease: a pilot study
  7. Cranial vena caval syndrome secondary to transvenous pacemaker implantation in two dogs
  8. Mitral valve repair in dogs
  9. Oculocardiac reflex induced by zygomatic arch fracture in a crossbreed dog
  10. The evolution of the natriuretic peptides - Current applications in human and animal medicine
  11. Thoracoscopic pericardiotomy as a palliative treatment in a cow with pericardial lymphoma
  12. Agitated saline contrast echocardiography to diagnose a congenital heart defect in a dog
  13. Aldosterone breakthrough in dogs with naturally occurring myxomatous mitral valve disease
  14. Association of the myosin binding protein C3 mutation (MYBPC3 R820W) with cardiac death in a survey of 236 Ragdoll cats
  15. Atrioventricular Canal Defect (incomplete form of endocardial cushion defect) and Ostium Secundum Type Interatrial Septal defect in a dog
  16. Balloon valvuloplasty of congenital mitral stenosis
  17. Biomarkers in cardiovascular disease: beyond natriuretic peptides
  18. Bioprosthesis valve replacement in dogs with congenital tricuspid valve dysplasia: techniqueand outcome
  19. Canine pulmonary vein-to-pulmonary artery ratio: echocardiographic technique and reference intervals
  20. Comparative study of 4 echocardiographic methods of left ventricular measurement in German Shepherd dogs
  21. Computed tomography features of bronchial and non-bronchial collateral arterial circulationdevelopment in a dog diagnosed with multiple chronic pulmonary thrombi
  22. Heart disease: time to take cats seriously
  23. Intrapulmonary arteriovenous anastomoses in dogs with severe Angiostrongylus vasorum infection: clinical, radiographic, and echocardiographic evaluation
  24. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in seven dogs with presumed neurally-mediated syncope
  25. Pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in a Persian cat
  26. Septic pericarditis and myocardial abscess in an English Springer spaniel
  27. Single-dose pharmacokinetics and cardiovascular effects of oral pimobendan in healthy cats
  28. Clinical and electrocardiographic presentations of transient trifascicular block in three cats
  29. Electrocardiographic, echocardiographic, and left atrial strain imaging features of a dog with atrial flutter and third-degree atrioventricular block
  30. Extracardiac intrapericardial myxosarcoma causing right ventricular outflow tract obstruction in a dog
  31. Investigation of ventricular pre-excitation electrocardiographic pattern in two horses: clinicalpresentation and potential causes
  32. Left subclavian artery dissection associated with connective tissue abnormalities resembling Marfan-like syndrome in an English bulldog
  33. Pericardial effusion associated with systemic inflammatory disease in seven dogs (January 2006 - January 2012)
  34. Pyloric obstruction secondary to epicardial pacemaker implantation: a case report
  35. Sudden cardiac death in a dog during Holter recording-R on T phenomenon
  36. Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion-to-aortic ratio provides a bodyweight-independent measure of right ventricular systolic function in dogs
  37. Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography in calves: feasibility and repeatability study
  38. Unilateral absence of the right pulmonary artery with associated aortopulmonary collaterals and bullous lung lesions in a dog
  39. A cardiac vascular hamartoma in a calf: ultrasonographic and pathologic images
  40. A case of an unexplained eosinophilic myocarditis in a dog
  41. A case of sustained atrial fibrillation in a cat with a normal sized left atrium at the time of diagnosis
  42. Accuracy of Doppler echocardiographic estimates of pulmonary artery pressures in a caninemodel of pulmonary hypertension
  43. Acquired atrial septal defects secondary to rupture of the atrial septum in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease
  44. Acquired tricuspid valve stenosis due to intentionally redundant transvenous lead placement for VDD pacing in two small dogs
  45. A new heading for cardiovascular pharmacology and toxicology to promote evidence-based pharmacology and therapeutics
  46. A retrospective evaluation of transthoracic biphasic electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation in dogs
  47. A technique for in vitro culture of canine valvular interstitial cells
  48. Cardiac troponin I concentrations in normal dogs and cats using a bedside analyzer
  49. Acute resolution of pulmonary alveolar infiltrates in 10 dogs with pulmonary hypertension treated with sildenafil citrate: 2005-2014
  50. Advanced multimodality imaging of an anomalous vessel between the ascending aorta and mainpulmonary artery in a dog
  51. Alternative methods for the measurement of the minimal ductal diameter of a patent ductus arteriosus in a dog
  52. Amlodipine: One of the main anti-hypertensive drugs in veterinary therapeutics
  53. An accessory bypass tract masked by the presence of atrial fibrillation in a horse
  54. Analysis of weight uniformity, content uniformity and 30-day stability in halves and quarters of routinely prescribed cardiovascular medications
  55. Analytical validation and clinical evaluation of a commercially available high-sensitivity immunoassay for the measurement of troponin I in humans for use in dogs
  56. Anatomic regurgitant orifice area obtained using 3D-echocardiography as an indicator of severity of mitral regurgitation in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease
  57. An echocardiographic study of healthy Border Collies with normal reference ranges for the breed
  58. Angiographic classification of patent ductus arteriosus morphology in the dog
  59. Anodal stimulation in two dogs with transvenous permanent bipolar pacemakers
  60. Anomalous left-to-right shunting communication between the ascending aorta and right pulmonary artery in a dog
  61. Ante-mortem diagnosis of persistent truncus arteriosus in an 8-year-old asymptomatic dog
  62. Aortic chondroid neoplasia in two Labrador Retriever dogs
  63. Aortic dissection associated with an obstructive aortic chondrosarcoma in a dog
  64. Cardiovascular manifestations of iatrogenic hyperthyroidism in two dogs
  65. Cardiovascular techniques: A new section providing instruction in noninvasive cardiology
  66. Cardioversion of atrial fibrillation in a dog with structural heart disease using an esophageal-right atrial lead configuration
  67. Cardioversion with lidocaine of vagally associated atrial fibrillation in two dogs
  68. Catheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus in dogs: variation in ductal size requires different techniques
  69. Caudal vena cava obstruction caused by redundant pacemaker lead in a dog
  70. Chronic oral therapy with enalapril in normal ponies
  71. Clinical and echocardiographic findings in an 8 year old Brown Swiss cow with myocardial abscess
  72. Clinical and echocardiographic findings of pulmonary artery stenosis in seven cats
  73. Clinical assessment of systolic myocardial deformations in dogs with chronic mitral valve insufficiency using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography
  74. Coil embolization of an aorticopulmonary fistula in a dog
  75. Coil embolization of patent ductus arteriosus via the carotid artery in seven dogs
  76. Color-coded longitudinal interventricular septal tissue velocity imaging, strain and strain rate in healthy Doberman Pinschers
  77. Combination therapy with mexiletine and sotalol suppresses inherited ventricular arrhythmias in German shepherd dogs better than mexiletine or sotalol monotherapy: a randomized cross-overstudy


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