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Right-sided Heart Failure: An Update of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches

Call for Papers

Right-sided heart failure is a pathophysiologic state characterized by right ventricular functional impairment and progressive congestion that occurs in about 1 in 20 people and can be found in multiple clinical conditions. Causes of right-sided heart failure include right-sided heart diseases (i.e., congenital heart diseases), pulmonary circulation diseases (i.e., primary pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism), left-sided heart diseases (i.e., coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, and cardiomyopathies), and lung diseases (i.e., chronic bronchitis, emphysema).

Diagnostic characterization and treatment options have long remained disappointing, but in recent years the widespread use of modern imaging techniques (CT, NMR) and the availability of newer therapeutic strategies (novel drugs, hybrid treatments) have significantly improved the approach to right-sided heart failure.

We invite authors to submit original research and review articles that seek to define the modern approach to conditions associated with right-sided heart failure. We are interested in articles that highlight the differences between the various forms of pulmonary hypertension, providing a comparative description of epidemiology, risk factors, genetics, and pathologic characteristics. In addition, information on newer diagnostic capabilities as well as novel therapeutic strategies is welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Genetics, epidemiology, pathology, and risk factors of right-sided heart failure
  • The neuroendocrine, metabolic, and inflammatory aspects of right-sided heart failure
  • Right-sided heart diseases leading to heart failure
  • Pulmonary circulation diseases associated with right-sided heart failure
  • Left-sided heart diseases as a cause of right-sided heart failure
  • Lung diseases and right-sided heart failure
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (indications, modalities, and clinical implications)
  • Multimodality diagnostic techniques (CT, NMR) in right-sided heart failure
  • Right heart catheterization: current role in the era of noninvasive imaging
  • Newer pharmacologic agents of right-sided heart failure
  • Management of acute decompensated right sided heart failure

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/pulmonology/diag/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 18 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 11 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 5 September 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Claudio Terzano, Respiratory Diseases Unit, Department of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Juan Carlos Kaski, Cardiovascular Sciences Research Centre, St George's University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, UK
  • Salvatore Rosanio, Internal Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, USA