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  1. 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

  2. Research article

    Low adiponectin is associated with diastolic dysfunction in women: a cross-sectional study from the Tromsø Study

    Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is closely associated with diastolic dysfunction and related to obesity and female sex. We investigated whether adiponectin, an adipocyte-secreted protein hormone...

    Jon V. Norvik, Henrik Schirmer, Kirsti Ytrehus, Trond G. Jenssen, Svetlana N. Zykova, Anne E. Eggen, Bjørn O. Eriksen and Marit D. Solbu

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:79

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Important aspects in relation to patients’ attendance at exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation – facilitators, barriers and physiotherapist’s role: a qualitative study

    In order to improve attendance at exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR), a greater insight into patients’ perspectives is necessary. The aim of the study was to explore aspects that influence patients’ at...

    Maria Bäck, Birgitta Öberg and Barbro Krevers

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:77

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  4. Research article

    Gender differences in all-cause, cardiovascular and cancer mortality during long-term follow-up after acute myocardial infarction; a prospective cohort study

    Gender differences in short-term mortality in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have been studied extensively, whereas gender differences in long-term mortality and cause of death largely remain unknown. The a...

    Kristin Marie Kvakkestad, Morten Wang Fagerland, Jan Eritsland and Sigrun Halvorsen

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:75

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  5. 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

  6. Research article

    Violation of prophylactic vancomycin administration timing is a potential risk factor for rate of surgical site infections in cardiac surgery patients: a prospective cohort study

    Intensivists and cardiothoracic surgeons are commonly worried about surgical site infections (SSIs) due to increasing length of stay (LOS), costs and mortality. The antimicrobial prophylaxis is one of the most...

    Paolo Cotogni, Cristina Barbero, Roberto Passera, Lucina Fossati, Giorgio Olivero and Mauro Rinaldi

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:73

    Published on: 8 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Incidence of cardiovascular events and associated risk factors in kidney transplant patients: a competing risks survival analysis

    The high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among the renal transplant population accounts for increased mortality. The aim of this study is to determine the incidence of cardiovascular events and facto...

    María Teresa Seoane-Pillado, Salvador Pita-Fernández, Francisco Valdés-Cañedo, Rocio Seijo-Bestilleiro, Sonia Pértega-Díaz, Constantino Fernández-Rivera, Ángel Alonso-Hernández, Cristina González-Martín and Vanesa Balboa-Barreiro

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:72

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  8. Research article

    High levels of serum β2-microglobulin predict severity of coronary artery disease

    The identification of new risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) is increasingly sought in an effort to tackle this threatening disease. β2-microglobulin (B2M) is reported to associate with peripheral ...

    Ling You, Ruiqin Xie, Haijuan Hu, Guoqiang Gu, Hongmei Zheng, Jidong Zhang, Xiaohong Yang, Ximiao He and Wei Cui

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:71

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  9. 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

  10. Research article

    Impact of multi-vessel therapy to the risk of periprocedural myocardial injury after elective coronary intervention: exploratory study

    Periprocedural myocardial injury (PMI) after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) significantly influences the prognosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, it was unclear whether the occur...

    Zhang-Wei Chen, Hong-Bo Yang, Ying-Hua Chen, Jian-Ying Ma, Ju-Ying Qian and Jun-Bo Ge

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:69

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Gender based differences in drug eluting stent implantation - data from the German ALKK registry suggest underuse of DES in elderly women

    Observational studies suggest there are gender based differences in the treatment of coronary artery disease, with women receiving evidence based therapy less frequently than suggested by current guidelines. T...

    Martin A. Russ, Christian Wackerl, Uwe Zeymer, Matthias Hochadel, Sebastian Kerber, Ralf Zahn, Bernhard Zrenner, Hubert Topp, Volker Schächinger and Michael A. Weber

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:68

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

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