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June 2023 Br J Cardiol 2023;30:77–8

Silent infective endocarditis with mucocutaneous stigmata, and delay in initiating echocardiography

Infective endocarditis (IE) without murmurs (silent IE) is an entity fraught with the risk of missed diagnosis. This hazard is attributable to a suboptimal index of suspicion for IE, and, hence, suboptimal workup for IE, when a murmur is absent. This state of affairs was exemplified by anecdotal reports of 15 adult patients (11 male) of mean age 48 years who were characterised by the association of silent IE and mucocutaneous stigmata of IE (table 1),1–15 and in whom echocardiography was initiated after a delay of one day to seven months (median seven days) following documentation of mucocutaneous stigmata. None had ‘same day’ echocardiography. In addition to mucocutaneous stigmata, nine of the 15 patients also had risk factors for IE, namely, dental caries,9,10,12,15 ear piercing,11 post-operative wound infection,3 intravenous drug use,13 and cirrhosis of the liver.2,6 Three patients had an afebrile presentation.2,12,13 Echocardiography disclosed vegetations in 13 patients.1–4,6–8,10–15 Eight patients (including four with risk factors for endocarditis) subsequently developed new murmurs.1,2,5,6,9,12,14,15 In five of those cases echocardiography was undertaken after detection of the murmur.1,2,9,14,15...

June 2023 Br J Cardiol 2023;30:50

New BJC editorial board members

We are delighted to welcome three new members to the BJC editorial board. We will be collaborating with them on a new series of articles for the journal covering immunology and the heart, lipid medicine, and obstetric cardiology....

April 2023 Br J Cardiol 2023;30:45–50 Meeting report

Fighting failure: reducing heart failure mortality by 25% over the next 25 years

To mark the 25th anniversary of the British Society of Heart Failure (BSH), the focus of its recent annual meeting was an aim to reduce heart failure mortality by 25% in the next 25 years. The meeting was held at the QEII Conference Centre, London, on 1st–2nd December 2022. Dr Sarah Birkhoelzer reports its highlights....

February 2023 Br J Cardiol 2023;30:12–15 Meeting report

Cardiorenal medicine – new targets, treatments and technologies

After two years of virtual meetings, the Cardiorenal Forum’s recent 17th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) was able to return to a face-to-face event with delegates enjoying the opportunity to network, hear and discuss presentations in person again. The meeting was held at the King’s Fund, London, on 7th October 2022. Karin Pola and Sarah Birkhoelzer report some of its highlights....

November 2022 Br J Cardiol 2022;29:131

Cardiologist elected RCP president

We send our congratulations to editorial board member, Dr Sarah Clarke, who has been elected the 122nd President of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). She is the fourth woman to hold the role and has held many roles at the RCP, including, most recently, a three-year term as clinical vice-president....

November 2022 Br J Cardiol 2022;29:131

New BJC editorial board members

We are delighted to welcome four new members to our editorial board....

November 2022 Br J Cardiol 2022;29:134–6 Meeting report

Highlights from the BCS Annual Conference 2022: 100 years in cardiology

The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference 2022 was held on the 6–8th June in Manchester, UK. This year saw a return to meeting in-person, drawing delegates away from their Zoom screens and welcoming them back to the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Moreover, this year marked the centenary of the society and were honoured by a visit from Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal. Dr Alexandra Abel reports selected highlights from BCS 2022....

October 2022 Br J Cardiol 2022;29:132–4 Meeting report

Hot topics in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease

HEART UK’s recent 35th Annual Medical Scientific Meeting blended a face-to-face meeting with virtual attendance to showcase the latest developments within the lipid community. Held at the University of Warwick on 6th–8th July 2022, Dr Andreas Tridimas reports its highlights....

August 2022 Br J Cardiol 2022;29(3) Meeting report

The heart failure multidisciplinary team: reconnecting in the real world

One of the most difficult challenges presented to healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic has been maintaining standards of care in non-COVID related chronic illness. Many members of our heart failure multidisciplinary (MDT) teams were redeployed and, while many have returned to their original positions, the impact of COVID-19 will be felt for years. It was, therefore, particularly poignant that in its 25th year, the British Society of Heart Failure (BSH) hosted a two-day immersive programme focusing on the heart failure MDT. Held at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel in Glasgow, on 12th May 2022, the meeting gave heart failure enthusiasts the opportunity to ‘reconnect in the real world’. Dr Tiffany Kemp reports on the highlights of the meeting....

July 2022

BJC accepted onto PubMed Central®

We are delighted to announce that the British Journal of Cardiology (BJC) has been accepted onto the prestigious international digital archive PubMed Central® after meeting the rigorous scientific and technical standards it requires....


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