Information From the Editor-in-Chief
Welcome David W. Schopfer, M.D., M.A.S. to the JCRP editorial board!
I am a general cardiologist and health services researcher at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). My long-term goal is to develop, implement, and disseminate cost-effective strategies to improve delivery of high-quality cardiovascular care. This includes particular focus on the utilization of new methods of healthcare delivery including telemedicine and mobile technologies, identifying opportunities to improve utilization of guideline-directed medical therapies, and implementation of cost-effective interventions. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the JCRP Board because most of my prior research was on new methods of cardiac rehabilitation delivery to improve access and use for patients.
Featured Article of the Week - Daily Step Counts in Participants with and without Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is highly prevalent and is associated with impaired ability to ambulate and low daily physical activity. Individuals with symptomatic PAD may experience leg pain while walking and performing typical daily activities, leading to progressively less daily walking as a chronic adaptive strategy to avoid pain. As a therapeutic intervention, walking is often recommended for individuals with PAD. However, there are limited data on daily step counts of individuals with symptomatic PAD compared with otherwise healthy older adults. To achieve health benefits, thresholds of both ≥ 10000 and 7000 daily step counts have been established as targets for adults. The aims of this study were to compare the prevalence of participants with and without symptomatic PAD who met the goals of attaining >7000 and 10000 steps/d and to determine whether PAD status was significantly associated with meeting the daily step count goals. Participants with PAD (n = 396) and without PAD (n = 396) were assessed on their walking for 7 consecutive days with a step activity monitor. The PAD group, on average, had a 29% lower daily step total than the non-PAD control group (6722 vs 9475 steps/d). Additionally, for the overall cohort, the individuals least likely to attain the 7000 and 10000 steps/d goals included those who were older, current smokers, had a diagnosis of diabetes, and a higher body mass index. This study provides important insight into the factors associated daily step totals for individual with and without PAD.
- In 2020 we made a number of improvements to our procedures for processing manuscripts. These changes have reduced our editorial processing, review, and decision times significantly. Authors can expect their submissions will be processed in a time efficient manner and they will receive a timely decision.
- The acceptance rate for manuscripts continues to lower (24% in 2020), which indicates higher quality publications.
- This second issue of 2021 includes an excellent Invited Review on the timely topic of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for patients participating in cardiac rehabiliation programs and a Systematic Review on COPD exacerbations related to pulmonary rehabilitation. A couple of themes in this issue are two papers related to cardiac rehabiliation for elderly populations and modifications in cardiac rehabiliation programing during the COVID pandemic. This issue also debuts our first Research Letters (a new manuscript format for JCRP).
- Please note the Featured Article of the week section above. Our Editorial group provides a brief overview of one article each week to call your attention to some of the key information you can learn from articles in this issue.
- I encourage you to post links to specific articles from this issue on your Facebook page and to tweet the links on your Twitter account (use the icons on our home page for both of these JCRP Social Media accounts). Doing so helps both Clinicians and Researchers to stay current with the latest research in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Prevention. This will ultimately have a positive influence on patients in Cardiopumonary Rehabilitation Programs.
- Enjoy this second issue of 2021.
-Lenny Kaminsky, PhD, Editor-in-Chief