Non-coronary artery cardiac disease

Section edited by Michel Noutsias

This section concerns all aspects of non-coronary artery cardiac disease including but not limited to: arrhythmias, congenital cardiac disease and cardiomyopathies. The section considers articles concerning the prevention, diagnosis and management, as well as related molecular genetics, and pathophysiology.

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  1. Research article

    Auscultatory versus oscillometric blood pressure measurement in patients with atrial fibrillation and arterial hypertension

    The aim of our study was to investigate the reliability of automated oscillometric blood pressure (BP) monitoring in the presence and absence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in hypertensive patients.

    Aistėja Šelmytė–Besusparė, Jūratė Barysienė, Dovilė Petrikonytė, Audrius Aidietis, Germanas Marinskis and Aleksandras Laucevičius

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:87

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  2. Case report

    Cardiac amyloidosis mimicking severe aortic valve stenosis – a case report demonstrating diagnostic pitfalls and role of dobutamine stress echocardiography

    Aortic valve stenosis is a common finding diagnosed with high sensitivity in transthoracic echocardiography, but the examiner often finds himself confronted with uncertain results in patients with moderate pre...

    Tim Salinger, Kai Hu, Dan Liu, Sebastian Herrmann, Kristina Lorenz, Georg Ertl and Peter Nordbeck

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:86

    Published on: 22 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Electrocardiogram: his bundle potentials can be recorded noninvasively beat by beat on surface electrocardiogram

    The micro waveform of His bundle potential can’t be recorded beat-to-beat on surface electrocardiogram yet. We have found that the micro-wavelets before QRS complex may be related to atrioventricular conductio...

    Gaopin Wang, Renguang Liu, Qinghua Chang, Zhaolong Xu, Yingjie Zhang and Dianzhu Pan

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:82

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  4. Research article

    Bleeding events associated with a low dose (110 mg) versus a high dose (150 mg) of dabigatran in patients treated for atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    The newer oral anticoagulant dabigatran is considered to be more beneficial in patients with non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation (AF) when compared to warfarin. However, because bleeding events which are associat...

    Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Nabin Chaudhary and Jun Yuan

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:83

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  5. Research article

    Association of global and disease-specific health status with outcomes following continuous-flow left ventricular assist device implantation

    The prognostic value of heart failure specific and global health status before and after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation in the usual care setting is not well studied.

    Kelsey M. Flint, John A. Spertus, Fengming Tang, Philip Jones, Timothy J. Fendler and Larry A. Allen

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:78

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  6. Case report

    Multiparametric cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) for the diagnosis of Loeffler’s endocarditis: a case report

    Endocarditis parietalis fibroplastica Löfflein (EPF) is a rare form of primary restrictive cardiomyopathy with poor prognosis. It is generally caused by hypereosinophilic syndrome with eosinophilic penetration...

    Mareike Gastl, Patrick Behm, Christoph Jacoby, Malte Kelm and Florian Bönner

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:74

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Left atrial appendage morphology and risk of stroke following pulmonary vein isolation for drug-refractory atrial fibrillation in low CHA2DS2Vasc risk patients

    Cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) has become an important adjunct in the structural assessment of the pulmonary veins (PV) prior to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Published data is conflicting regarding a relatio...

    Faith R. Kelly, Robert A. Hull, Takor B. Arrey-Mbi, Michael U. Williams, Joshua S. Lee, Ahmad M. Slim and Dustin M. Thomas

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:70

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  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. Research article

    Can coefficient of variation of time-domain analysis be valuable for detecting cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy in young patients with type 1 diabetes: a case control study

    Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) increases morbidity and mortality in diabetes through association with a high risk of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death, possibly related to silent myocardial ische...

    Dovile Razanskaite-Virbickiene, Evalda Danyte, Giedre Mockeviciene, Rimante Dobrovolskiene, Rasa Verkauskiene and Rimantas Zalinkevicius

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:34

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  13. Research article

    Prediction of ineffective elective cardioversion of atrial fibrillation: a retrospective multi-center patient cohort study

    Elective cardioversion (ECV) of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a standard procedure to restore sinus rhythm. However, predictors for ineffective ECV (failure of ECV or recurrence of AF within 30 days) are unknown.

    Tapio Hellman, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Tuija Vasankari, Ilpo Nuotio, Fausto Biancari, Aissa Bah, Juha Hartikainen, Marianne Mäkäräinen and K. E. Juhani Airaksinen

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:33

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  14. Research article

    The 100 most-cited articles on aortic dissection

    To identify and characterize the most frequently cited articles that have been published on aortic dissection.

    Ping Lai, Yuan-hui Liu, Jin-hua Xue, Peng-cheng He and Yue-qun Qiu

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:30

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  15. Case report

    Multiple focal and macroreentrant left atrial tachycardias originating from a spontaneous scar at the contiguous aorta-left atrium area in a patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: a case report

    Spontaneous scar-related left atrial tachycardia (AT) is a rare arrhythmia. We describe a patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) who developed multiple, both focal and macroreentrant left ATs associate...

    Kyoichiro Yazaki, Yoichi Ajiro, Fumiaki Mori, Masahiro Watanabe, Kei Tsukamoto, Takashi Saito, Keiko Mizobuchi and Kazunori Iwade

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:29

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  16. Case report

    Invasive Cardiac Lipoma: a case report and review of literature

    Cardiac lipomas are rare benign tumors of the heart. They are usually asymptomatic and are thus most often diagnosed on autopsies. Symptoms, when present, depend upon the location within the heart. Typical loc...

    Jason D’Souza, Rajesh Shah, Aamer Abbass, Jeremy R. Burt, Aditya Goud and Chanukya Dahagam

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:28

    Published on: 14 January 2017

  17. Research article

    Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography for evaluation of dilative ascending aorta biomechanics

    Two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography is one of the most feasible, noninvasive methods for assessing the aortic diameter and biomechanical changes. We studied possible interfaces between noninvasive biomechani...

    Monika Bieseviciene, Jolanta Justina Vaskelyte, Vaida Mizariene, Rasa Karaliute, Vaiva Lesauskaite and Raimonda Verseckaite

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:27

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  18. Research article

    Galectin-3 and fibulin-1 in systolic heart failure - relation to glucose metabolism and left ventricular contractile reserve

    Heart failure (HF) patients with diabetes (DM) have an adverse prognosis and reduced functional capacity, which could be associated with cardiac fibrosis, increased chamber stiffness and reduced left ventricul...

    Pernille Holmager, Michael Egstrup, Ida Gustafsson, Morten Schou, Jordi S. Dahl, Lars Melholt Rasmussen, Jacob E. Møller, Christian Tuxen, Jens Faber and Caroline Kistorp

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:22

    Published on: 10 January 2017

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