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Doctor Herbert L. Fred, an associate editor of the Texas Heart Institute Journal, pointed out five crucial components that make a successful medical journal: 1) financial security; 2) an ample, competent, and experienced editorial staff; 3) reliable manuscript reviewers; 4) equality of submissions, and; 5) responsive readers. In addition, one more fundamental component could be added, which would represent cardiac surgery, the ideas and contributions of the country. We are trying to follow these components to improve the excellence of our Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery (BJCVS), encouraging the realization of substantial trials.
The latest Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular/Brazilian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery (SBCCV) newsletter (April 2017) highlights a consensus published by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the use of appropriate criteria for myocardial revascularization in stable angina. This consensus is an update of the 2012 document, now divided into two publications, one referring to acute and present coronary syndrome. Unlike a standard guideline, this Consensus brings more than 60 real clinical settings, scored by a panel of 32 experts among clinicians, interventionists, and surgeons. The clinical, anatomical and functional characteristics were contemplated, and innovatively, the treatment with one or more antianginal drugs weighed in the intervention decision. This approach may be useful for an unambiguous standardization to correct regional discrepancies when, for example, EuroSCORE and STS are used. The Brazilian cardiac surgery, although it has high international prestige (Figure 1), never performed a great "trial." For this reason, the coronary artery bypass grafting without cardiopulmonary bypass would be chosen, since its introduction in the surgical practice was carried out by Dr. Enio Buffolo (in Brazil) and Dr. Federico Benetti (in Argentina).
This issue of BJCVS presents a blind peer-reviewed selection of 15 articles that will surely please your readers:
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the authors, associate editors and reviewers of BJCVS, who worked so hard in this year to raise the level of this publication.