From the Editor's desk

Dear Colleagues,

It is indeed a great pleasure and honour for me to write my first editorial of the Indian heart Journal. I express my gratitude and thanks to each and every member of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) for electing me as the honorary editor of the most prestigious organ of the CSI - "The Indian Heart Journal" (IHJ). With the academic support and cooperation from each and every member of CSI. I am sure, together we will raise the standards of the journal to the "State of Art" journal of the world.

There are two ways to live:

"You can live as if nothing is a Miracle; you can live as if everything is a Miracle."

At the outset, I express my gratitude and thanks to my predecessor Dr. Suman Bhandari for his sincere attempts and herculean task to maintain the academic integrity of IHJ and very appropriately handing over this responsibility to me. I assure you that I will work with full devotion to the best of my capability and I sincerely hope that I will be able to stand upto your expectations. The new editorial team would continue to stimulate and foster relevant research and provide a forum for information and ideas on nationally relevant themes, as well as have its share of global impact.

"A human being is part of the whole called by us 'the universe', a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. … We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking, if humanity is to survive".

Albert Einstein

The salient components of the IHJ will include features like Editorial, Editorial Comments, State of Art papers, Clinical research articles, Seminars, Brief communications, Trials and Guidelines, Interesting ECGs, Echo Quiz, Angio Quiz, Case reports, How to do it?, View point and Current perspectives etc. I have incorporated Consultant Editors, Editorial Managers and have widened the faculty of International and National Editorial Board and Editorial Advisors. I am sure the IHJ can achieve the highest standards of continuing education in cardiology in the world, if every member of the CSI besides Indian cardiologists overseas, regularly contribute. Let us all work together to create an academic feast of excellence in cardiology in the years ahead.

John F. Kennedy once said, "Greater our knowledge increases, greater our ignorance unfolds". I firmly believe that high academic standards of our journal will impart knowledge and education to each and every one of us, which will help us in reducing the cardiovascular morbidity and mortality all over the world.

Your support and cooperation will go in a long way to make this endeavor a success.

Together we will scale newer academic peaks.

With this I present to you the first editorial on "Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography: A New Tool for Assessment of Myocardial Perfusion"

H. K. Chopra

Hononary Editor