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  1. Research article

    Prevalence of arterial hypertension in the Krasnoyarsk Krai (Siberia, Russia)

    To estimate the prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of arterial hypertension among adult inhabitants of Krasnoyarsk Krai using the data from Russian multicenter epidemiological study ESSE-RF (Epidemio...

    I. P. Artyukhov, Yu. I. Grinshtein, M. M. Petrova, V. V. Shabalin and R. R. Ruf

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:138

    Published on: 26 May 2017

  2. Research article

    In-hospital prognosis and long-term mortality of STEMI in a reperfusion network. “Head to head” analisys: invasive reperfusion vs optimal medical therapy

    ST Segment Elevation Acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) preferred treatment is culprit artery reperfusion with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI). We ought to analyze the benefit of early reper...

    C . García-García, N. Ribas, L. L. Recasens, O. Meroño, I. Subirana, A. Fernández, A. Pérez, F. Miranda, H. Tizón-Marcos, J. Martí-Almor, J. Bruguera and R. Elosua

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:139

    Published on: 26 May 2017

  3. Research article

    Factors associated with length of stay following trans-catheter aortic valve replacement - a multicenter study

    Most patients undergoing Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVR) are elderly with significant co-morbidities and there is limited information available regarding factors that influence length of stay (L...

    Yaron Arbel, Nevena Zivkovic, Dhruven Mehta, Sam Radhakrishnan, Stephen E. Fremes, Effat Rezaei, Asim N. Cheema, Sami Al-Nasser, Ariel Finkelstein and Harindra C. Wijeysundera

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:137

    Published on: 26 May 2017

  4. Research article

    Cryoballoon vs. open irrigated radiofrequency ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: long-term FreezeAF outcomes

    Effective treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential for reducing the risk of stroke and heart failure. Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has been developed as an alternative to the use of radiofreq...

    Armin Luik, Kevin Kunzmann, Patrick Hörmann, Kerstin Schmidt, Andrea Radzewitz, Peter Bramlage, Thomas Schenk, Gerhard Schymik, Matthias Merkel, Meinhard Kieser and Claus Schmitt

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:135

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  5. Research article

    Advanced glycation end products in children with type 1 diabetes and early reduced diastolic heart function

    Reduced diastolic function is an early sign of diabetes cardiomyopathy in adults and is associated with elevated levels of HbA1c and advanced glycation end products (AGEs).

    Leif Brunvand, Martin Heier, Cathrine Brunborg, Kristian F. Hanssen, Drude Fugelseth, Knut Haakon Stensaeth, Knut Dahl-Jørgensen and Hanna Dis Margeirsdottir

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:133

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  6. Research article

    Impaired chronotropic response to physical activities in heart failure patients

    While exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation has a beneficial effect on heart failure hospitalization and mortality, it is limited by the presence of chronotropic incompetence (CI) in some patients. This study ...

    Hong Shen, Jianrong Zhao, Xiaohong Zhou, Jingbo Li, Qing Wan, Jing Huang, Hui Li, Liqun Wu, Shungang Yang and Ping Wang

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:136

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  7. Study protocol

    The role of a behavioural medicine intervention in physiotherapy for the effects of rehabilitation outcomes in exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (ECRA) – the study protocol of a randomised, controlled trial

    To help patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) benefit from the positive health effects attained by exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR), adherence to these programmes according to international gui...

    Sabina Borg, Birgitta Öberg, Lennart Nilsson, Anne Söderlund and Maria Bäck

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:134

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  8. Review

    The emerging role of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance in the evaluation of hypertensive heart disease

    Arterial hypertension is the commonest cause of cardiovascular death. It may lead to hypertensive heart disease (HHD), including heart failure (HF), ischemic heart disease (IHD) and left ventricular hypertroph...

    Sophie Mavrogeni, Vasiliki Katsi, Vasiliki Vartela, Michel Noutsias, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Genovefa Kolovou and Athanasios Manolis

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:132

    Published on: 23 May 2017

  9. Case report

    The use of Macitentan in Fontan circulation: a case report

    The Fontan circulation, a result of a palliative procedure in patients with single systemic ventricles, is defined by chronically elevated pulmonary vascular resistance. When traditional heart failure therapie...

    Polyvios Demetriades, Amir Aziz, Robin Condliffe, Sarah E. Bowater and Paul F. Clift

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:131

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  10. Research article

    A retrospective cohort study on the risk of stroke in relation to a priori health knowledge level among people with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Taiwan

    Intervention of diabetes care education with regular laboratory check-up in outpatient visits showed long-term benefits to reduce the risk of macrovascular complications among people with type 2 diabetes. Howe...

    Yun-Ju Lai, Hsiao-Yun Hu, Ya-Ling Lee, Po-Wen Ku, Yung-Feng Yen and Dachen Chu

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:130

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  11. Research article

    Red yeast rice induces less muscle fatigue symptom than simvastatin in dyslipidemic patients: a single center randomized pilot trial

    About 10–15% patients who take statins experience skeletal muscle problems. Red yeast rice has a good safety profile could provide a compromise therapeutic strategy. Therefore, the aim of this study was to eva...

    Yangjing Xue, Luyuan Tao, Shaoze Wu, Guoqiang Wang, Lu Qian, Jiwu Li, Lianming Liao, Jifei Tang and Kangting Ji

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:127

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  12. Research article

    AT1-receptor response to non-saturating Ang-II concentrations is amplified by calcium channel blockers

    Blockers of angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) and the voltage gated calcium channel 1.2 (CaV1.2) are commonly used for treatment of hypertension. Yet there is little information about the effect of physiologi...

    Kristoffer Bernhem, Kalaiselvan Krishnan, Alexander Bondar, Hjalmar Brismar, Anita Aperia and Lena Scott

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:126

    Published on: 17 May 2017

  13. Research article

    Fasting levels of growth hormone are associated with carotid intima media thickness but are not affected by fluvastatin treatment

    Growth hormone (GH) has been linked to cardiovascular disease but the exact mechanism of this association is still unclear. We here test if the fasting levels of GH are cross-sectionally associated with caroti...

    Erik Hallengren, Peter Almgren, Maria Rosvall, Gerd Östling, Margaretha Persson, Andreas Bergmann, Joachim Struck, Gunnar Engström, Bo Hedblad and Olle Melander

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:125

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  14. Research article

    Origins location of the outflow tract ventricular arrhythmias exhibiting qrS pattern or QS pattern with a notch on the descending limb in lead V1

    Ventricular outflow tract(VOT) ventricular arrhythmias(VAs) presenting qrS pattern or QS pattern with a notch on the descending limb in lead V1 were consistently thought of arising from the commissure between ...

    Cong Lin, Cheng Zheng, De-Pu Zhou, Xiao-Wei Li, Shu-Jie Wu and Jia-Feng Lin

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:124

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  15. Research article

    Effects of inaccuracies in arterial path length measurement on differences in MRI and tonometry measured pulse wave velocity

    Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV) and aortic PWV measured using MRI (MRI-PWV) show good correlation, but with a significant and consistent bias across studies. The aim of the current study was to ev...

    Jonathan R Weir-McCall, Faisel Khan, Deirdre B Cassidy, Arsh Thakur, Jennifer Summersgill, Shona Z Matthew, Fiona Adams, Fiona Dove, Stephen J Gandy, Helen M Colhoun, Jill JF Belch and J Graeme Houston

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:118

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  16. Research article

    Living with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and an implantable defibrillator

    ICDs efficiently terminate life-threatening arrhythmias, but complications occur during long-term follow-up. Patients’ own perspective is largely unknown. The aim of the study was to describe experiences of hy...

    Peter Magnusson, Jessica Jonsson, Stellan Mörner and Lennart Fredriksson

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:121

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  17. Case report

    Dramatic and early response to low-dose steroid in the treatment of acute eosinophilic myocarditis: a case report

    Eosinophilic myocarditis encompasses a variety of etiologies and the prognosis varies. For patients with a hypersensitive response to medications, high-dose corticosteroids and discontinuation of culprit medic...

    Yu-Wei Chen, Yu-Cheng Chang, Chieh-Shou Su, Wei-Chun Chang, Wen-Lieng Lee and Chih-Hung Lai

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:115

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  18. Research article

    Very early recurrence predicts long-term outcome in patients after atrial fibrillation catheter ablation: a prospective study

    Long-term recurrence (LR) is a tendency that re-occurs within 3 months after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). Whether very early recurrence (VER) within 7 days of post ablation is a prognostic f...

    Yangjing Xue, Xiaoning Wang, Saroj Thapa, Luping Wang, Jiaoni Wang, Zhiqiang Xu, Shaoze Wu, Luyuan Tao, Guoqiang Wang, Lu Qian, Lianming Liao, Baohua Liu and Kangting Ji

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:109

    Published on: 8 May 2017

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