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  1. Research article

    Findings of transoesophageal echocardiogram in appropriately anticoagulated patients with persistent atrial fibrillation prior to planned cardioversion

    To evaluate a diagnostic value of transoesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) in appropriately anticoagulated patients with a non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to establish possible additional indications fo...

    Jūratė Barysienė, Aistė Žebrauskaitė, Dovilė Petrikonytė, Germanas Marinskis, Sigita Aidietienė and Audrius Aidietis

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:67

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Effectiveness and safety of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme of mixed surveillance in patients with ischemic heart disease at moderate cardiovascular risk: A randomised, controlled clinical trial

    Previous studies have documented the feasibility of home-based cardiac rehabilitation programmes in low-risk patients with ischemic heart disease, but a similar solution needs to be found for patients at moder...

    Raquel Bravo-Escobar, Alicia González-Represas, Adela María Gómez-González, Angel Montiel-Trujillo, Rafael Aguilar-Jimenez, Rosa Carrasco-Ruíz and Pablo Salinas-Sánchez

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:66

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Effects of renal denervation on cardiac oxidative stress and local activity of the sympathetic nervous system and renin-angiotensin system in acute myocardial infracted dogs

    This study sought to evaluate the therapeutic effects of renal denervation (RDN) on acute myocardial infarction (MI) in canines and explore its possible mechanisms of action.

    Qiaoli Feng, Chengzhi Lu, Li Wang, Lijun Song, Chao Li and Ravi Chandra Uppada

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:65

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Arterial access-site complications after use of a vascular closure device related to puncture height

    To analyze differences of access-site complications related to the height of femoral arterial puncture and the use of a vascular closure device (VCD) following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

    Benjamin Sartorius, Michael Behnes, Melike Ünsal, Ursula Hoffmann, Siegfried Lang, Kambis Mashayekhi, Martin Borggrefe and Ibrahim Akin

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:64

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Variability of radiation doses of cardiac diagnostic imaging tests: the RADIO-EVINCI study (RADIationdOse subproject of the EVINCI study)

    Patients with coronary artery disease can accumulate significant radiation dose through repeated exposures to coronary computed tomographic angiography, myocardial perfusion imaging with single photon emission...

    Clara Carpeggiani, Eugenio Picano, Marco Brambilla, Claudio Michelassi, Juhani Knuuti, Philipp Kauffman, S. Richard Underwood and Danilo Neglia

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:63

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  6. Commentary

    Comorbidity “depression” in heart failure — Potential target of patient education and self-management

    The progress of the pharmacological and device treatment of heart failure (HF) has led to a substantial improvement of mortality and rehospitalization. Further potential for improvement may be heralded in the ...

    Renato De Vecchis, Athanassios Manginas, Ewa Noutsias, Carsten Tschöpe and Michel Noutsias

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:48

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Does improvement in self-management skills predict improvement in quality of life and depressive symptoms? A prospective study in patients with heart failure up to one year after self-management education

    Heart failure (HF) patient education aims to foster patients’ self-management skills. These are assumed to bring about, in turn, improvements in distal outcomes such as quality of life. The purpose of this stu...

    Gunda Musekamp, Michael Schuler, Bettina Seekatz, Jürgen Bengel, Hermann Faller and Karin Meng

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:51

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Assessment of increasing intravenous adenosine dose in fractional flow reserve

    Effects of increased adenosine dose in the assessment of fractional flow reserve (FFR) were studied in relation to FFR results, hemodynamic effects and patient discomfort. FFR require maximal hyperemia mediate...

    David Sparv, Matthias Götberg, Jan Harnek, Tobias Persson, Bjarne Madsen Hardig and David Erlinge

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:60

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Cardiorenal Anemia Syndrome and Survival among Heart Failure Patients in Tanzania: A Prospective Cohort Study

    Cardiorenal anemia syndrome (CRAS) is an evolving global epidemic associated with increased morbimortality and cost of care. The management of patients with CRAS remains a challenging undertaking worldwide and...

    Pedro Pallangyo, Francis Fredrick, Smita Bhalia, Paulina Nicholaus, Peter Kisenge, Benjamin Mtinangi, Mohamed Janabi and Stephen Humphrey

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:59

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  10. Research article

    Exploring the impact of financial barriers on secondary prevention of heart disease

    Patients with coronary artery disease experience various barriers which impact their ability to optimally manage their condition. Financial barriers may result in cost related non-adherence to medical therapie...

    Kirnvir K. Dhaliwal, Kathryn King-Shier, Braden J. Manns, Brenda R. Hemmelgarn, James A. Stone and David J. T. Campbell

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:61

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Aortic stiffening precedes onset of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in patients with asymptomatic diastolic dysfunction

    Identifying which patients with diastolic dysfunction will progress to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) remains challenging. The goal of this study is to determine whether increased vascu...

    Ilya Karagodin, Omer Aba-Omer, Rodney Sparapani and Jennifer L. Strande

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:62

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  12. Study protocol

    Telemonitoring and/or self-monitoring of blood pressure in hypertension (TASMINH4): protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Self-monitoring of hypertension is associated with lower systolic blood pressure (SBP). However, evidence for the use of self-monitoring to titrate antihypertensive medication by physicians is equivocal. Furth...

    Marloes Franssen, Andrew Farmer, Sabrina Grant, Sheila Greenfield, Carl Heneghan, Richard Hobbs, James Hodgkinson, Susan Jowett, Jonathan Mant, Una Martin, Siobhan Milner, Mark Monahan, Emma Ogburn, Rafael Perera-Salazar, Claire Schwartz, Ly-Mee Yu…

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:58

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  13. Research article

    Association in a Chinese population of a genetic variation in the early B-cell factor 1 gene with coronary artery disease

    Early B-cell factor 1 (EBF1) is a transcription factor expressed primarily during early B cell development. Previous studies have shown EBF1 regulates blood glucose and lipid metabolism in mice with diabetes a...

    Yafei Li, Zhiyong Xie, Lei Chen, Jianjun Yan, Yao Ma, Liansheng Wang and Zhong Chen

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:57

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  14. Case report

    Early detection of myocardial infarction following blunt chest trauma by computed tomography: a case report

    Blunt cardiac trauma encompasses a wide range of clinical entities, including myocardial contusion, cardiac rupture, valve avulsion, pericardial injuries, arrhythmia, and even myocardial infarction. Acute myoc...

    Thung-Lip Lee, Chin-Feng Hsuan, Chen-Hsiang Shih, Huai-Wen Liang, Hsing-Shan Tsai, Wei-Kung Tseng and Kwan-Lih Hsu

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:56

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  15. Research article

    Measurement of blood pressure for the diagnosis and management of hypertension in different ethnic groups: one size fits all

    Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and prevalence varies by ethnic group. The diagnosis and management of blood pressure are informed by guidelines largely based on data from white ...

    Paramjit Gill, M. Sayeed Haque, Una Martin, Jonathan Mant, Mohammed A. Mohammed, Gurdip Heer, Amanpreet Johal, Ramandeep Kaur, Claire Schwartz, Sally Wood, Sheila M. Greenfield and Richard J. McManus

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:55

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  16. Research article

    Secondary prevention strategies after an acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in the AMI code era: beyond myocardial mechanical reperfusion

    The AMI code is a regional network enhancing a rapid and widespread access to reperfusion therapy (giving priority to primary angioplasty) in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)...

    Núria Ribas, Cosme García-García, Oona Meroño, Lluís Recasens, Silvia Pérez-Fernández, Víctor Bazán, Neus Salvatella, Julio Martí-Almor, Jordi Bruguera and Roberto Elosua

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:54

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  17. Research article

    IgG4-positive cell infiltration in various cardiovascular disorders - results from histopathological analysis of surgical samples

    The diagnosis of Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-related disease (IgG4-RD), in general, depends on serum IgG4 concentrations and histopathological findings; therefore, diagnosis of IgG4-RD in cardiovascular organs/ti...

    Ryoto Hourai, Satomi Kasashima, Koichi Sohmiya, Yohei Yamauchi, Hideki Ozawa, Yoshinobu Hirose, Yasuhiro Ogino, Takahiro Katsumata, Masahiro Daimon, Shu-ichi Fujita, Masaaki Hoshiga and Nobukazu Ishizaka

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:52

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  18. Research article

    The association between periodontal disease and the risk of myocardial infarction: a pooled analysis of observational studies

    Several meta-analyses have indicated that periodontal disease (PD) are related to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). However, the association between PD and myocardial infarction (MI) remains controversial. Here ...

    Shuai Xu, Mingbao Song, Yu Xiong, Xi Liu, Yongming He and Zhexue Qin

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:50

    Published on: 1 February 2017

  19. Study protocol

    Effects of cardiac telerehabilitation in patients with coronary artery disease using a personalised patient-centred web application: protocol for the SmartCare-CAD randomised controlled trial

    Cardiac rehabilitation has beneficial effects on morbidity and mortality in patients with coronary artery disease, but is vastly underutilised and short-term improvements are often not sustained. Telerehabilit...

    Rutger W. M. Brouwers, Jos J. Kraal, Simone C. J. Traa, Ruud F. Spee, Laurence M. L. C. Oostveen and Hareld M. C. Kemps

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:46

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  20. Research article

    The Relationship between Pulse Wave Velocity and Coronary Artery Stenosis and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: a retrospective observational study

    Arterial stiffness has been suggested as a valuable predictor of coronary artery stenosis (CAS). However, little data are available on aortic stiffness and CAS in patients who have previously undergone percuta...

    Hyung Joon Joo, Sang-A Cho, Jae-Young Cho, Jae Hyoung Park, Soon Jun Hong, Cheol Woong Yu and Do-Sun Lim

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:45

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  21. Study protocol

    Identification of new biosignatures for clinical outcomes in stable coronary artery disease - The study protocol and initial observations of a prospective follow-up study in Taiwan

    Either classic or novel biomarkers have not been well investigated for clinical outcomes of coronary artery disease (CAD) in Asian people especially ethnic Chinese. We reported here a prospective national-base...

    Hsin-Bang Leu, Wei-Hsian Yin, Wei-Kung Tseng, Yen-Wen Wu, Tsung-Hsien Lin, Hung-I Yeh, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Ji-Hung Wang, Chau-Chung Wu and Jaw-Wen Chen

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:42

    Published on: 28 January 2017

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