Perhaps you have noticed the following logo that has been appearing on selected articles in AFP: This logo marks articles in the subject area of the AAFP's Annual Clinical Focus (ACF), a program designed to provide family physicians with state-of-the-art information on a different topic of interest each year. Since the official kickoff of the 1997–98 ACF on the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, AFP has published 22 articles wearing the ACF label. About half of these articles were part of the “Cardiovascular Medicine Update” series developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association. The article on page 1779 of this issue, “Current Status of Cardiac Rehabilitation,” by Gerald F. Fletcher, M.D., is part of that series.
If you'd like to review topics in cardiovascular medicine, you might want to look at the past year's ACF articles in the AHA series:
Angioplasty vs. Bypass Surgery (Oct. 1, 1997)
Cardiovascular Problems in the Young: Parts I and II (Nov. 1, 1997, and Nov. 15, 1997)
Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation (Dec. 1997)
Treatment of Ischemic Stroke (Jan. 1, 1998)
Treatment of Arrhythmias (Jan. 15, 1998)
Preventing Bacterial Endocarditis (Feb. 1, 1998)
Hard-to-Control Hypertension (March 1, 1998)
Congestive Heart Failure (April 15, 1998)
Hypertension: JNC-IV (Oct. 15, 1998)
If you're looking for more articles on cardiovascular topics, you won't have to look far, since last year almost every issue of AFP contained articles in the subject area of the 1997–98 ACF.
In 1999, the ACF will be on the management and prevention of complications of diabetes. In conjunction with this effort, AFP will feature a series of articles developed in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association. Articles planned for this series include pharmacologic management of diabetes, management of diabetic ketoacidosis, management of the hyperosmolar state in diabetes, type 1 diabetes and the use of intensive insulin regimens, evaluation and management of the diabetic foot, and meal planning and exercise regimens for diabetic patients.