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  1. 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

  2. Research article

    Clinical outcomes of conventional surgery versus MitraClip® therapy for moderate to severe symptomatic mitral valve regurgitation in the elderly population: an institutional experience

    The aim of this study was to compare treatment of moderate to severe symptomatic mitral regurgitation (MR) with either conventional surgery or the mitral valve edge-to-edge device (MitraClip®) in very elderly ...

    Anthony Alozie, Liliya Paranskaya, Bernd Westphal, Alexander Kaminski, Mohammad Sherif, Magnus Sindt, Stephan Kische, Jochen Schubert, Doreen Diedrich, Hüseyin Ince, Gustav Steinhoff and Alper Öner

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:85

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Comparing Stent Thrombosis associated with Zotarolimus Eluting Stents versus Everolimus Eluting Stents at 1 year follow up: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 6 randomized controlled trials

    Two thousand fifteen has been a winning year for Drug Eluting Stents (DES). Increase in the number of patients with cardiovascular diseases treated by Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) has resulted to a...

    Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Chandra Mouli Yanamala and Wei-Qiang Huang

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:84

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Research article

    Serum neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin has an advantage over serum cystatin C and glomerular filtration rate in prediction of adverse cardiovascular outcome in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

    The aim of this study was to assess significance of serum neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (sNGAL) and cystatin C (sCC) in prediction of adverse cardiovascular outcome after ST-segment elevation myoc...

    Olga L. Barbarash, Irina S. Bykova, Vasiliy V. Kashtalap, Mikhail V. Zykov, Oksana N. Hryachkova, Victoria V. Kalaeva, Kristina S. Shafranskaya, Victoria N. Karetnikova and Anton G. Kutikhin

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:81

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

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