The Texas Heart Institute Journal is an online-only publication. In addition to our THIJ.org website, hosted by Allen Press, a full-text electronic version of the Texas Heart Institute Journal is available through EBSCO, which may be accessed at medical libraries and corporations that subscribe to that service. Full-text electronic versions of past issues are also available to the public online at PMC.

Readers may sign up to receive e-mail notifications when a new issue is published online. Benefits of registration include:

  • A unique User Profile that allows you to manage your Journal preferences
  • The ability to create favorites lists down to the article level


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Readers may sign up to receive e-mail notification when a new issue is published online.

  1. First, you need to sign up for an online account here.
  2. When you have completed this step, your name displays in the upper right-hand corner. To receive alerts, click your name, and then click the Alerts tab.
  3. Check the box under Table of Contents Alerts. If you previously signed up for an account with us but have not been receiving automatic e-mail notifications of our bimonthly Table of Contents (eTOC), we encourage you to complete the process as described.

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To add the Texas Heart Institute Journal to your feed list, click the orange RSS icon on the Issue, Table of Contents, or Abstract page. Next, follow the instructions for your particular reader to add the Journal to it. Or you can copy and paste this URL into your reader:

When a new THI Journal issue is published, your reader will show the Table of Contents, including article titles, authors, and a short version of the abstract. You will be able to click the link to go directly to the content.

Order Back Issues

Back issues through 2013 can be ordered for $18 per copy, unless the issue has been declared out of print.


Written Permissions to Include Previously Published Materials in a THI Journal Article

Authors are responsible for obtaining written permissions upon manuscript submission or shortly thereafter if they plan to include any of the following:

  1. Previously published materials (contact copyright holder)
  2. Personal observations and personal communications other than those of the authors (include direct quotation with signature of the researcher, along with the month and year of observation or communication)
  3. Names of contributors other than the authors, as in an acknowledgment (which might imply endorsement of your data and conclusions)
  4. Photographs of human subjects

When documenting permissions for items 2 and 3 above, a separate Conditions for Publication form can be used: write the manuscript number and “For Acknowledgments Only” on the form and submit it to the Journal.

Written Permissions to Reproduce Copyrighted Material from the THI Journal for Other Uses

The Texas Heart Institute Journal is a copyrighted publication. No textual matter, tables, figures, or motion mages may be copied for re-publication, electronic transmittal, or storage without the written permission of the Journal Permissions Editor nor may they be used in addresses, seminars, or symposia without such permission. Persons engaged in research may make single copies for personal use when this activity falls within the definition of “fair use” as set forth in U.S. Copyright Law. These copies may not be sold, used for advertising purposes, or incorporated into new works. Multiple copies for hospital or classroom use are permitted, as long as written permission is obtained in advance from the Journal.

The THI Journal does not own the copyright to all materials published therein. This may be clear from the absence of a copyright notice on the title page of the article or from a separate attribution below a figure. In either case, those interested in reproducing such materials should request information from the corresponding author.


Ordering Reprints


The Texas Heart Institute Journal Reprint Order Center is a full-service reprint order site that makes it easy to order high-quality professional reprints of articles published in the THI Journal. Printing expenses are borne by the requestor.

Reprint Policy
Any author on the title page of the article is eligible to order reprints. Orders of more than 100 reprints by non-authors require a royalty payment and permission from the Journal’s Permissions Editor. This must be arranged by e-mailing the Journal Office or calling Jim Bagg at (832) 355-6667 before placing the order. (See also: Written Permissions to Reproduce Copyrighted Material).

Reprint Details

  • All reprints are printed on high-quality paper.
  • Articles originally published with no color figures should be ordered in black & white. Reprints of articles originally published with color can be ordered in black & white only, or in color for an additional fee.
  • Reprints are shipped approximately 2 to 3 weeks after online Journal publication and the receipt of your order and payment. Payments must be received before reprints can be shipped.

The Texas Heart Institute Journal does not order reprints or have them available.


Advertisers who wish to advertise on the Texas Heart Institute Journal site may contact Christine Lanzisera at (832) 355-8214.

Advertisements are limited to those promoting products and services relevant to the practice of medicine and surgery, and allied fields. All advertisements proposed for insertion are subject to inspection and approval by the publisher, but acceptance of advertising does not in any manner imply endorsement by the Texas Heart Institute, the Texas Heart Institute Journal, the Texas Heart Institute Foundation, or affiliated institutions.

Details concerning advertising can be found here:

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Search Tips

You can search across all journals with a quick search, a simple search, or an advanced search. In each kind of search, the same format is used in the query box.

Format of Search Requests

Case insensitivity. Searches do not take case (capitalization) into account:

finds articles containing pascal or Pascal

Stemming. The search engine determines a word’s stem and uses it to make searches more inclusive and faster. Thus, different queries that contain the same stem give the same results. For example, searches for figure, figures, figured, and figuring have the same results as a search for figur.

Wildcards. Two wildcard characters are available–the question mark (?) and the asterisk (*). The “?” stands for any character and may appear anywhere in the search string except at the start of a word. The “*” stands for zero or more characters and must appear at the end of a word. No word used in a query may start with a wildcard. Wildcards do not work inside phrases enclosed in quotation marks.

b?nd finds bond, bend, band, and bind, as well as their plurals and “-ing” forms (because of stemming; see above)
19?? finds numbers from 1900 to 1999, as well as 19th
ana* finds anacoluthon, analogy, anaphora, and so on
*ism (fails because it begins with a wildcard)
verse ? (fails because the second “word” begins with a wildcard)
“inter* studies” (fails because the wildcard is used in a phrase enclosed in quotation marks)

Phrases delimited by quotation marks. Phrases to be treated as single search items must be entered in double quotation marks.

“modern poetry” finds articles in which the two words appear as a phrase
modern poetry
finds articles that contain both words, apart or together

Certain common words, such as “the,” “and,” “or,” and “in,” are ignored whether enclosed in quotation marks or not.

Quotation marks in the query do not affect stemming. A search for “increased overlapping” is internally converted to “increas overlap” and also finds increases overlapped and increasing overlaps.

Boolean operators. The search engine recognizes the traditional Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT.

verse AND play finds articles containing both terms, apart or together
verse OR play finds articles containing either term
verse NOT play finds articles containing verse but not play
“verse play” finds articles containing the two-word phrase
“verse play” NOT “t s eliot”
finds articles containing only the first phrase

Subsets of words grouped by parentheses. Words in parentheses are evaluated together before the whole query is evaluated.

(“print culture” OR “book culture”) AND (gutenberg OR “early modern”)

If multiple Boolean operators appear in a search statement without parentheses, NOT is treated first, then AND, and then OR. Thus, print OR book AND culture would be treated undesirably as print OR (book AND culture) and should be stated instead as (print OR book) AND culture.

Author names. To search for the name of an author of an article, choose Authors from the drop-down menu on the Advanced Search page. Enter a last name. It may be followed by a comma, a space, or both and then by the first initial or the first and second initials. For example:

smith c
smith, c

Wildcards do not work in author-name searches, and spelled-out first or middle names are not recognized.

smith, c? (fails)
smith, charles (fails)

The search engine can find parts of multipart last names (e.g., “van,” “von der,” and “de”), but you should use the entire last name for best results. For instance, to find articles by O. O. Van der Biest, enter any of the following:

van der biest
van der biest,o
van der biest, oo

Full-text searching. The full text of articles, as well as all metadata about the articles, is searched in a quick search and in simple and advanced searches that use the All field in the drop-down menu. When you select a specific field in simple and advanced searches, only that field is searched.

Quick Search

A quick-search box is available on most pages. Enter a word or phrase in it, and click the Search button. The full text of articles in journals is searched, along with metadata about the articles. The results are displayed by their relevancy to the search criteria.

Simple Search

In addition to a box for entering search queries, a simple search allows you to review and rerun searches you performed earlier during the current session. (The session history is cleared when you log out.)

Review and rerun searches you performed during the current session. (The session history is cleared when you log out.)

Advanced Search

In an advanced search, you can search for terms in specific fields: abstract, article title, keywords, authors, and publication year.

All: the full text of the article, along with all the following fields.
Abstract: text in the abstract of the article.
Article title: words (and their stem-related cognates) in the article title.
Keywords: descriptive terms used to classify the article.
Authors (last name or last name, initial): last name (and, optionally, initials) of the article’s author. A search in this field will not find authors cited in the article. For more on author-name searches, see above.
Publication year: the year an article was published. A search in this field will not find years mentioned in the article.

After selecting a field from the drop-down menu, enter your search term in the box. You can search across more than one field at a time using the Boolean operators given in the AND/OR/NOT drop-down menus. (You can also use Boolean syntax in any box.) Click the Search button.

If a search involves terms in all three boxes, the Boolean operators between the boxes are interpreted in the order in which they appear. Thus, the following search request is treated as (“print culture” OR “book culture”) AND gutenberg.

An advanced search provides these other features:

  • Select one journal to be searched instead of both.
  • Limit the search to issues published within a time frame.
  • Specify whether the results should be listed by date or by relevancy.
  • Choose how many results should be displayed on each page.
  • Review and rerun searches you performed earlier during this session. (The session history is cleared when you log out.)

Results List

At the top of the results page is a summary of how the search engine interpreted your search criteria.

Each result shows the formats available (e.g., citation, abstract, PDF).

Searching within results. You can narrow your results by executing a new search within them. For example, if you searched for narrative and found an unmanageable number of matches, you could reduce the list by entering a more specific term in the Search within Results box.

Acting on multiple items. At the top of the results list on each page are links for three actions: Add to Favorites, View Abstracts, Send to Citation Manager. You can perform one of these actions on multiple items in the list by checking the boxes next to the items and then clicking the link.

Saved searches. Registered users who are logged in can save search criteria and rerun the searches during later sessions. In the box provided with the results list, enter a name for the search, and click the Save button.

If you want to receive an e-mail alert every time a new article fits the criteria of your saved search, choose a notification period from the Alert Me drop-down menu. Otherwise, choose Never.

While logged in, you will find your saved searches displayed in the Run a Saved Search box at the bottom of the Simple Search page. Each saved search is displayed with the date when you saved it and the date when you last ran it. To rerun a saved search, select its name, and then click the Run button. Delete a saved search by selecting its name and then clicking the Delete button.

Tips on Using PDF files

1. Be sure Acrobat Reader (version 5 or higher) is installed on the computer you’re using.

Use one of the links above to install Adobe’s free utility, configured to work with your Web browser.

2. Viewing and saving PDFs

You must first open PDFs for viewing in Acrobat Reader before you save them to your local disk. (NOTE: You cannot currently right-click the PDF link and choose Save Target As.)

Opportunities to download article PDFs are offered

  • below each article’s table of contents entry
  • at the bottom of every Abstract or Citation page
  • with every Search Results entry


  1. Downloading PDFs requires an institutional subscription to journals.
  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: PDFs may be downloaded for personal and non-commercial use only.

If your browser is configured to do so, Adobe Acrobat Reader will load the PDF inside a new browser window. Use Acrobat Reader’s Save function to store the PDF file on your local hard disk or network.

3. Printing article PDFs

PDFs are viewable on screen, but they were designed for downloading and printing. You must first open PDFs for viewing in Acrobat Reader before you print them.


  1. Printing PDFs requires an institutional subscription to journals.
  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: PDFs may be printed for personal and non-commercial use only.

If your browser is configured to do so, Adobe Acrobat Reader will load the PDF inside a new browser window. Use Acrobat Reader’s Print function to send the PDF file to your local or network printer.

4. How long will it take to download or print PDFs?

The speed of a PDF download depends on the size of the PDF file (indicated in kilobytes at the PDF download link), the bandwidth of your Internet connection, and the processing power of your personal computer. PDFs containing many images can take a long time to download over slow connections.

5. Trouble with a PDF?

  1. Be sure you’re using at least version 5 of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Many PDF files are large. Work with one at a time, closing each before opening, saving, or printing the next.
  3. Printing: If the PDF file is large or your computer or printer has little memory, try printing the PDF one page at a time.
  4. Help with downloading may be found at http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/help.html. For detailed help with Reader, visit http://www.adobe.com/support/products/acrreader.html.

Downloading to a citation manager

This feature enables you to download the bibliographic information (also called citation data, header data, or metadata) for the articles on our site.

1. One or many?

Download bibliographic data for one or several articles: The Download to Citation Manager feature is available on abstract and citation pages, as well as in search results. On a search result page, use the check boxes to gather metadata for several articles at once.

2. Citation manager file format

Use the radio buttons to choose how to format the bibliographic data you’re harvesting. Several citation manager formats are available, including EndNote and BibTex.

3. Direct import

If you have citation management software installed on your computer your Web browser should be able to import metadata directly into your reference database.

Checked: When the Direct Import box is checked (the default state), a dialogue box will give you the option to Save or Open the downloaded citation data. Choosing Open will either launch your citation manager or give you a choice of applications with which to use the metadata. The Save option saves the file locally for later use.

Unchecked: When the Direct Import box is unchecked, the metadata is displayed and may be copied and pasted as needed.