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  1. Research article

    Endothelial progenitor cells and plaque burden in stented coronary artery segments: an optical coherence tomography study six months after elective PCI

    Endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) are involved in neovascularization and endothelial integrity. They might be protective in atherosclerosis. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a precise intracoronary imagi...

    Sylvia Otto, Kristina Nitsche, Christian Jung, Aleh Kryvanos, Andrey Zhylka, Kerstin Heitkamp, Juan-Luis Gutiérrez-Chico, Björn Goebel, P. Christian Schulze, Hans R. Figulla and Tudor C. Poerner

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:103

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Outcomes following percutaneous coronary revascularization among South Asian and Chinese Canadians

    Previous data suggest significant ethnic differences in outcomes following percutaneous coronary revascularization (PCI), though previous studies have focused on subgroups of PCI patients or used administrativ...

    Martha H. Mackay, Robinder Singh, Robert H. Boone, Julie E. Park and Karin H. Humphries

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:101

    Published on: 19 April 2017

  3. Research article

    Right aortic arch analysis – Anatomical variant or serious vascular defect?

    The right-sided aortic arch (RAA) is a rare congenital defect of the aorta. The aim of the study was to assess the occurrence of RAA in diagnoses performed by the University Radiology Department and analyze th...

    Agata Arazińska, Michał Polguj, Konrad Szymczyk, Magdalena Kaczmarska, Łukasz Trębiński and Ludomir Stefańczyk

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:102

    Published on: 19 April 2017

  4. Research article

    Pre- and post-surgical evaluation of the inflammatory response in patients with aortic stenosis treated with different types of prosthesis

    The inflammatory process in aortic valvular stenosis persists after surgery to replace the valve in almost half of the patients. No association has been found to its persistence. The main objective of this stu...

    Maria Elena Soto, Jose Luis Salas, Jesus Vargas-Barron, Ricardo Marquez, Alejandra Rodriguez-Hernandez, Rafael Bojalil-Parra, Israel Pérez-Torres and Veronica Guarner-Lans

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:100

    Published on: 14 April 2017

  5. Research article

    Global Bi-ventricular endocardial distribution of activation rate during long duration ventricular fibrillation in normal and heart failure canines

    The objective of this study was to detect differences in the distribution of the left and right ventricle (LV & RV) activation rate (AR) during short-duration ventricular fibrillation (SDVF, <1 min) and long-d...

    Qingzhi Luo, Qi Jin, Ning Zhang, Yanxin Han, Yilong Wang, Shangwei Huang, Changjian Lin, Tianyou Ling, Kang Chen, Wenqi Pan and Liqun Wu

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:99

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  6. Research article

    Does stress perfusion imaging improve the diagnostic accuracy of late gadolinium enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance for establishing the etiology of heart failure?

    Late gadolinium enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) has excellent specificity, sensitivity and diagnostic accuracy for differentiating between ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) and non-ischemic di...

    Gaurav S. Gulsin, Abishek Shetye, Jeffrey Khoo, Daniel J. Swarbrick, Eylem Levelt, Florence Y. Lai, Iain B. Squire, Jayanth R. Arnold and Gerry P. McCann

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:98

    Published on: 8 April 2017

  7. Case report

    Coronary sinus aneurysm associated with multiple venous anomalies

    Congenital anomalies of the venous system are rare, involve the inferior vena cava (IVC), a persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC), and the left hepatic vein (LHV), and can make cardiac diagnostic and ther...

    Guang Song, Ming Du, Weidong Ren, Ke Zhou and Lu Sun

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:95

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  8. Research article

    Thiazolidinedione use and atrial fibrillation in diabetic patients: a meta-analysis

    Accumulating evidence suggests that thiazolidinediones (TZDs) may exert protective effects in atrial fibrillation (AF). The present meta-analysis investigated the association between TZD use and the incidence ...

    Zhiwei Zhang, Xiaowei Zhang, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Konstantinos P. Letsas, Gary Tse, Mengqi Gong, Lei Meng, Guangping Li and Tong Liu

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:96

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  9. Case report

    A case of successful reperfusion through a combination of intracoronary thrombolysis and aspiration thrombectomy in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction associated with an ectatic coronary artery

    Large thrombus burdens in ectatic coronary arteries that remain after aspiration thrombectomy can negatively impact outcomes following percutaneous coronary interventions in patients with acute myocardial infa...

    Yonggu Lee, Eunjin Kim, Bae Keun Kim and Jeong-Hun Shin

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:94

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  10. Research article

    Ticagrelor versus clopidogrel in real-world patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction: 1-year results by propensity score analysis

    European guidelines recommend the use of ticagrelor versus clopidogrel in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This recommendation is based on inconclusive results and subanalyses from cli...

    Matteo Vercellino, Federico Ariel Sànchez, Valentina Boasi, Dino Perri, Chiara Tacchi, Gioel Gabrio Secco, Stefano Cattunar, Gianfranco Pistis and Giovanni Mascelli

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:97

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  11. Case report

    Electrocardiographic changes mimicking acute coronary syndrome in a large intracranial tumour: A diagnostic dilemma

    ST elevation Myocardial infarction is a medical emergency. A variety of noncardiac conditions had been known to mimic the ECG changes that are seen in acute coronary syndrome. Although the common ECG changes t...

    Nilukshana Yogendranathan, H.M.M.T.B. Herath, S.P. Pahalagamage and Aruna Kulatunga

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:91

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  12. Research article

    Dynamic changes of paraoxonase 1 activity towards paroxon and phenyl acetate during coronary artery surgery

    Serum paraoxonase 1 (PON1), an enzyme associated with high – density lipoproteins (HDL) particles, inhibits the oxidation of serum lipoproteins and cell membranes. PON1 activity is lower in patients with ather...

    Anna Wysocka, Marek Cybulski, Henryk Berbeć, Andrzej Wysokiński, Janusz Stążka, Jadwiga Daniluk and Tomasz Zapolski

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:92

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

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