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  1. Research article

    Longitudinal shortening remains the principal component of left ventricular pumping in patients with chronic myocardial infarction even when the absolute atrioventricular plane displacement is decreased

    The majority (60%) of left ventricular (LV) stroke volume (SV) is generated by longitudinal shortening causing apical atrioventricular plane displacement (AVPD) in systole. The remaining SV is caused by radial...

    Daniel Asgeirsson, Erik Hedström, Jonas Jögi, Ulrika Pahlm, Katarina Steding-Ehrenborg, Henrik Engblom, Håkan Arheden and Marcus Carlsson

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:208

    Published on: 28 July 2017

  2. Study protocol

    An exploratory study on the efficacy and safety of a BCAA preparation used in combination with cardiac rehabilitation for patients with chronic heart failure

    Sarcopenia is generally complicated with patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and its presence negatively affects the course of heart failure, however effective nutritional intervention had not been eluci...

    Munenori Takata, Eisuke Amiya, Masafumi Watanabe, Yumiko Hosoya, Atsuko Nakayama, Takayuki Fujiwara, Masanobu Taya, Gaku Oguri, Kanako Hyodo, Naoko Takayama, Nami Takano, Tomoe Mashiko, Yukari Uemura and Issei Komuro

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:205

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  3. Research article

    A comparison of the real world effectiveness of catheter ablation and drug therapy in atrial fibrillation patients in a Chinese setting

    Studies have demonstrated that catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is associated with better rhythm control than drug therapy. The present study aimed to assess the clinical outcomes and health-related qu...

    Xin Du, Lizhu Guo, Xiaonan He, Yu Jia, Jiahui Wu, Deyong Long, Ronghui Yu, Caihua Sang, Xiaohui Liu, Hongjun Yin, Jianwei Xuan, Jianzeng Dong and Changsheng Ma

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:204

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Are women with type 2 diabetes mellitus more susceptible to cardiovascular complications following coronary angioplasty?: a meta-analysis

    Scientific reports have shown Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) to be independently associated with adverse outcomes following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). However, gender difference has also often ...

    Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Manish Pursun and Feng Huang

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:207

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  5. Research article

    Acute coronary syndrome and acute kidney injury: role of inflammation in worsening renal function

    Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), a common complication of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), is associated with higher mortality and longer hospital stays. The role of cytokines and other mediators is unknown in AKI in...

    Jorge Ortega-Hernández, Rashidi Springall, Fausto Sánchez-Muñoz, Julio-C. Arana-Martinez, Héctor González-Pacheco and Rafael Bojalil

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:202

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  6. Case report

    Complete ophthalmoplegia, complete ptosis and dilated pupil due to internal carotid artery dissection: as the first manifestation of Takayasu arteritis

    Takayasu arteritis is a rare, chronic large vessel vasculitis involving the aorta and its primary branches. As the disease progresses, the active inflammation of large vessels leads to dilation, narrowing and ...

    H. M. M. T. B. Herath, S. P. Pahalagamage, D. Withana and Sunethra Senanayake

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:201

    Published on: 25 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Atrial time and voltage dispersion are both needed to predict new-onset atrial fibrillation in ischemic stroke patients

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a known risk factor for ischemic stroke. Electrocardiographic predictors of AF in population studies such as the Framingham Heart Study, as well as in hypertensive patients have dem...

    Daniel Cortez, Maria Baturova, Arne Lindgren, Jonas Carlson, Yuri V. Shubik, Bertil Olsson and Pyotr G. Platonov

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:200

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Cardiac profile of asymptomatic children with Becker and Duchenne muscular dystrophy under treatment with steroids and with/without perindopril

    To evaluate cardiovascular function in boys with Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophy, using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR).

    Sophie Mavrogeni, Aikaterini Giannakopoulou, Antigoni Papavasiliou, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Roser Pons, Evangelos Karanasios, Michel Noutsias, Genovefa Kolovou and George Papadopoulos

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:197

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  9. Study protocol

    The value of a new cardiac magnetic resonance imaging protocol in Myocardial Infarction with Non-obstructive Coronary Arteries (MINOCA) – a case-control study using historical controls from a previous study with similar inclusion criteria

    Myocardial Infarction with Non-Obstructive Coronary Arteries (MINOCA) is common with a prevalence of 6% of all patients fulfilling the diagnosis of myocardial infarction. MINOCA should be considered a working ...

    Per Tornvall, E. B. Brolin, K. Caidahl, K. Cederlund, O. Collste, M. Daniel, C. Ekenbäck, J. Jensen, S. Y-Hassan, L. Henareh, C. Hofman-Bang, P. Lyngå, E. Maret, N. Sarkar, J. Spaak, M. Sundqvist…

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:199

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Admission serum potassium concentration and long-term mortality in patients with acute myocardial infarction: results from the MONICA/KORA myocardial infarction registry

    Conflicting with clinical practice guidelines, recent studies demonstrated that serum potassium concentrations (SPC) of ≥4.5 mEq/l were associated with increased mortality in patients with acute myocardial inf...

    Miriam Giovanna Colombo, Inge Kirchberger, Ute Amann, Margit Heier, Christian Thilo, Bernhard Kuch, Annette Peters and Christa Meisinger

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:198

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Influence of apelin-12 on troponin levels and the rate of MACE in STEMI patients

    During acute myocardial infarction, phosphorylated TnI levels, Ca2+ sensitivity and ATPase activity are decreased in the myocardium, and the subsequent elevation in Ca2+ levels activates protease I (caplain I), l...

    Xhevdet Krasniqi, Blerim Berisha, Masar Gashi, Dardan Koçinaj, Fisnik Jashari and Josip Vincelj

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:195

    Published on: 20 July 2017

  12. Research article

    Efficacy and safety of polymer-free stent versus polymer-permanent drug-eluting stent in patients with acute coronary syndrome: a meta-analysis of randomized control trials

    The efficacy and safety of polymer-free stent (PFS) versus permanent polymer drug-eluting stent (PPDES) in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remain controversial. Our meta-analysis w...

    Kang Gao, Yiguang Sun, Ming Yang, Ling Han, Liwei Chen, Wenze Hu, Ping Chen and Xiaohong Li

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:194

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  13. Case report

    Marfan syndrome and cardiovascular complications: results of a family investigation

    Cardiovascular complications in Marfan syndrome (MFS) make all its seriousness. Taking as a basis the Ghent criteria, we conducted a family screening from an index case. The objective was to describe the clini...

    Simon Antoine Sarr, Siddikatou Djibrilla, Fatou Aw, Malick Bodian, Kana Babaka, Aliou Alassane Ngaidé, Momar Dioum and Serigne Abdou Ba

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:193

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  14. Research article

    Heterogeneity in national U.S. mortality trends within heart disease subgroups, 2000–2015

    The long-term downward national U.S. trend in heart disease-related mortality slowed substantially during 2011–2014 before turning upward in 2015. Examining mortality trends in the major subgroups of heart dis...

    Stephen Sidney, Charles P. Quesenberry Jr, Marc G. Jaffe, Michael Sorel, Alan S. Go and Jamal S. Rana

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:192

    Published on: 18 July 2017

  15. Research article

    Silent myocarditis in systemic sclerosis detected by cardiovascular magnetic resonance using Lake Louise criteria

    Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by microvascular abnormalities, inflammation and fibrosis. We hypothesized that myocarditis may be diagnosed in asymptomatic SSc, undergoing rout...

    Sophie Mavrogeni, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, John Raftakis, Sotiris Plastiras, Michel Noutsias, George Markousis-Mavrogenis and Genovefa Kolovou

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:187

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  16. Research article

    Does infection with human immunodeficiency virus have any impact on the cardiovascular outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention?: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    A direct link between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients and the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) has been shown in recent scientific research. However, this issue is controversial since...

    Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Manish Pursun and Wei-Qiang Huang

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:190

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  17. Research article

    Major adverse cardiac events and mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease following percutaneous coronary intervention: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    We aimed to systematically compare Major Adverse Cardiac Events (MACEs) and mortality following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) in patients with and without Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COP...

    Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Chakshu Gupta and Guang Ma Xu

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:191

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  18. Research article

    Association study to evaluate TFPI gene in CAD in Han Chinese

    Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) is the main physiological inhibitor of TF-induced blood coagulation process, and may play essential roles in the pathogenesis of major adverse cardiac events. This study ...

    Ying Zhao, Yanbo Yu, Maowei Shi, Xi Yang, Xueqi Li, Feng Jiang, Yundai Chen and Xiaoli Tian

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:188

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  19. Case report

    Successful percutaneous coronary intervention in the setting of an aberrant left coronary artery arising from the right coronary cusp in a patient with acute coronary syndrome: a case report

    An aberrant origin of the left coronary artery (LCA) from the right coronary cusp (RCC) is an extremely rare congenital anomaly. We here report on successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a patie...

    Jung-Hee Lee and Jong-Seon Park

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:186

    Published on: 11 July 2017

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