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  1. Content type: Research article

    The association between pre-operative cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery associated acute kidney injury (CSA-AKI) has been reported inconsistently. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect ...

    Authors: Wuhua Jiang, Jiawei Yu, Jiarui Xu, Bo Shen, Yimei Wang, Zhe Luo, Chunsheng Wang, Xiaoqiang Ding and Jie Teng

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:191

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    Recent studies have shown a significant role of the endocannabinoid system, apelin and S100A6 protein in the regulation of cardiovascular system functioning. The aim of the study was to compare and evaluate th...

    Authors: Irena Kasacka, Żaneta Piotrowska, Anna Filipek and Wojciech Lebkowski

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:190

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Shock index(SI) is a conventional predictive marker for haemodynamic state. Its breakpoint varies by different conditions according to previous studies. The current study was performed to evaluate the capabili...

    Authors: Zhonghai Wei, Jian Bai, Qing Dai, Han Wu, Shuaihua Qiao, Biao Xu and Lian Wang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:188

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Ideal cardiovascular health (CVH) metrics have been found to be associated with subclinical vascular abnormalities. However, the relationship between ideal CVH metrics and retinal vessel calibers and retinal n...

    Authors: Qian Zhang, Dandan Wang, Anxin Wang, Shufeng Zhang, Yuesong Pan, Yang Li, Shengyun Chen, Shouling Wu, Wenbin Wei and Xingquan Zhao

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:187

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    Heart failure (HF) is a highly prevalent chronic disease, for which there is no cure available. Therefore, improving disease management is crucial, with mobile health (mHealth) being a promising technology. Th...

    Authors: Anneleen Baert, Els Clays, Larissa Bolliger, Delphine De Smedt, Mitja Lustrek, Aljoša Vodopija, Marko Bohanec, Paolo Emilio Puddu, Maria Costanza Ciancarelli, Michele Schiariti, Jan Derboven, Gennaro Tartarisco and Sofie Pardaens

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:186

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Patients with renal impairment often left out from most major clinical trials assessing the optimal treatment for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Large body of evidence from various cardiovascular ...

    Authors: Muhammad Dzafir Ismail, Maisarah Jalalonmuhali, Zaid Azhari, Jeevitha Mariapun, Zhen-Vin Lee, Imran Zainal Abidin, Wan Azman Wan Ahmad and Ahmad Syadi Mahmood Zuhdi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:184

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Individuals with prehypertension are at higher risk of developing hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, while the interaction between factors may aggravate prehypertension risk. Therefore, this study aimed...

    Authors: Jian Song, Xue Chen, Yingying Zhao, Jing Mi, Xuesen Wu and Huaiquan Gao

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:182

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Thyroid hormones deeply influence the cardiovascular system; however, the association between the fT3/fT4 ratio and the clinical outcome in euthyroid patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) undergoing ...

    Authors: Tongtong Yu, Chunyang Tian, Jia Song, Dongxu He, Jiake Wu, Zongyu Wen, Zhijun Sun and Zhaoqing Sun

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:181

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Despite the epidemiological evidence about the relationship between diabetes, mortality and cardiovascular disease, information about the population impact of uncontrolled diabetes is scarce. We aimed to estim...

    Authors: Jorge Navarro-Pérez, Domingo Orozco-Beltran, Vicente Gil-Guillen, Vicente Pallares, Francisco Valls, Antonio Fernandez, Ana María Perez-Navarro, Carlos Sanchis, Alejandro Dominguez-Lucas, Jose M. Martin-Moreno, Josep Redon and Maria Tellez-Plaza

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:180

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) may result in procedure cancellations and emergency department (ED) referrals for patients presenting for outpatient GI endoscopic procedures. Such cancellations and referrals delay pa...

    Authors: Joseph Longino, Ashish Chaddha, Matthew M. Kalscheur, Anne M. Rikkers, Deepak V. Gopal, Michael E. Field and Jennifer M. Wright

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:179

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Patients with frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are often symptomatic. Catheter ablation was usually indicated to eliminate symptoms in patients with PVCs-induced cardiomyopathy. Currently, PV...

    Authors: Jin-sheng Wang, Yi-gen Shen, Ri-peng Yin, Saroj Thapa, Yang-pei Peng, Kang-ting Ji, Lian-ming Liao, Jia-feng Lin and Yang-jing Xue

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:177

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is showing an increasing trend in young adults. Cigarette smoking has been shown to be a major cause of premature CAD. Previous studies have also shown that hyperuricemia (HUA) is...

    Authors: Sai Lv, Wei Liu, Yujie Zhou, Yuyang Liu, Dongmei Shi, Yingxin Zhao and Xiaoli Liu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:178

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Reliability of models for estimating pretest probability (PTP) of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) has not been investigated in individuals at low extreme of traditional risk factor (RF) burden. Thus,...

    Authors: Minghui Wang, Yujie Liu, Xiujun Zhou, Jia Zhou, Hong Zhang and Ying Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:176

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Many previous clinical studies have reported that prolongation of the QT interval corrected for heart rate (QTc) is associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death and all-cause mortality. This study...

    Authors: Yintao Chen, Xiaofan Guo, Guozhe Sun, Zhao Li, Liqiang Zheng and Yingxian Sun

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:175

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Anticoagulation therapy is a standard treatment for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) that have risk factors for stroke. However, anticoagulant increases the risk of bl...

    Authors: Rungroj Krittayaphong, Arjbordin Winijkul, Komsing Methavigul, Wattana Wongtheptien, Chaiyasith Wongvipaporn, Treechada Wisaratapong, Rapeephon Kunjara-Na-Ayudhya, Smonporn Boonyaratvej, Chulalak Komoltri, Pontawee Kaewcomdee, Ahthit Yindeengam and Piyamitr Sritara

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:174

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  16. Content type: Case report

    Transplant renal artery stenosis (TRAS) is a serious complication after renal transplantation, leading to hypertension, deterioration in renal function, and/or graft loss. The incidence of TRAS reportedly vari...

    Authors: Yoshito Kadoya, Kan Zen and Satoaki Matoba

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:172

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Non-obstructive coronary artery disease (NOCAD) is a common finding on coronary angiography. Our goal was to evaluate the long-term prognosis of NOCAD patients with stable angina (SA).

    Authors: Christine K. Kissel, Guanmin Chen, Danielle A. Southern, P. Diane Galbraith and Todd J. Anderson

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:173

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The interventional left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is a guideline-conform alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients with OAC ineligibility. It was aimed to dir...

    Authors: Christian Fastner, Lea Hoffmann, Mohamed Aboukoura, Michael Behnes, Siegfried Lang, Martin Borggrefe, Ibrahim Akin and Christoph A. Nienaber

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:171

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Development of collateral circulation in coronary artery disease is cardio-protective. A key process in forming new blood vessels is attraction to occluded arteries of monocytes with their subsequent activatio...

    Authors: Edward C. A. Marks, Tom M. Wilkinson, Chris M. Frampton, Lorraine Skelton, Anna P. Pilbrow, Tim G. Yandle, Chris J. Pemberton, Robert N. Doughty, Gillian A. Whalley, Chris J. Ellis, Richard W. Troughton, Maurice C. Owen, Neil R. Pattinson, Vicky A. Cameron, A. Mark Richards, Steven P. Gieseg…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:169

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Cardiac rehabilitation improves prognosis after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), however, the optimal method of implementation is unknown. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of individually-t...

    Authors: Halldora Ögmundsdottir Michelsen, Marie Nilsson, Fredrik Scherstén, Ingela Sjölin, Alexandru Schiopu and Margret Leosdottir

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:167

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The Orsiro biodegradable polymer sirolimus-eluting stent (O-SES) is a new-generation biodegradable polymer drug-eluting stent with the thinnest strut thickness to date developed to improve the percutaneous tre...

    Authors: Ping Zhu, Xin Zhou, Chenliang Zhang, Huakang Li, Zhihui Zhang and Zhiyuan Song

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:170

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), a cornerstone for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), remains a complex and time-consuming procedure. Present study introduces a novel, circular-irrigated, deca-chann...

    Authors: Xiang-Fei Feng, Mu Chen, Jian Sun, Jie Sun, Bo Liang, Yi-Yong Sun and Yi-Gang Li

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:168

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to explore associations between elevated red cell distribution width (RDW) and acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients undergoing cardiac surgery (CS-AKI).

    Authors: Zhouping Zou, Yamin Zhuang, Lan Liu, Bo Shen, Jiarui Xu, Wuhua Jiang, Zhe Luo, Jie Teng, Chunsheng Wang and Xiaoqiang Ding

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:166

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The use of inappropriate elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) has decreased over time, but hospital-level variation in the use of inappropriate PCI persists. Understanding the barriers and facilit...

    Authors: Anne Lambert-Kerzner, Charles Maynard, Marina McCreight, Amy Ladebue, Katherine M. Williams, Kelty B. Fehling and Steven M. Bradley

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:164

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  25. Content type: Research article

    There is a little evidence for the effects of catheter ablation (CA) on hard endpoints in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF).

    Authors: Yingxu Ma, Fan Bai, Fen Qin, Yixi Li, Tao Tu, Chao Sun, Shenghua Zhou and Qiming Liu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:165

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and changes in LV geometry are associated with increased cardiovascular mortality. Subjects with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of such alterations in cardiac morpholo...

    Authors: Susanne Rospleszcz, Anina Schafnitzel, Wolfgang Koenig, Roberto Lorbeer, Sigrid Auweter, Cornelia Huth, Wolfgang Rathmann, Margit Heier, Birgit Linkohr, Christa Meisinger, Holger Hetterich, Fabian Bamberg and Annette Peters

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:162

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  27. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to evaluate cost-utility of baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) using the Barostim neo™ device (CVRx Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA) compared with optimized medical management in patients with advanc...

    Authors: Oleg Borisenko, Jochen Müller-Ehmsen, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Erik Rafflenbeul and Christian Hamm

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:163

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Adaptor-related protein complex 2 alpha 2 subunit (AP2A2) gene encodes a protein-a subunit of the AP-2 adaptor protein complex. Evidence has revealed that benzodiazepine receptor-associated protein 1 (BZRAP1) ...

    Authors: Sibo Wang, Zhihui Ma, Yongjun Zhang, Yankui Ding, Zhong Chen and Liansheng Wang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:161

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the determinants associated with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in coronary patients may help to individualize treatment and modelling interventions. We sought to identify sociodemographic, medi...

    Authors: John Munkhaugen, Jøran Hjelmesæth, Jan Erik Otterstad, Ragnhild Helseth, Stina Therese Sollid, Erik Gjertsen, Lars Gullestad, Joep Perk, Torbjørn Moum, Einar Husebye and Toril Dammen

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:160

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Hypertensive crises are clinical syndromes grouped as hypertensive urgency and emergency, which occur as complications of untreated or inadequately treated hypertension. Emergency departments across the world ...

    Authors: Patrick J. Shao, Hendry R. Sawe, Brittany L. Murray, Juma A. Mfinanga, Victor Mwafongo and Michael S. Runyon

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:158

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    Heart failure (HF) and frailty often co-exist, and frailty in HF results in a poor prognosis. However, in Asian populations, prognostic criteria are needed to examine the effect of frailty on HF. Therefore, we...

    Authors: Sumio Yamada, Takuji Adachi, Hideo Izawa, Toyoaki Murohara and Takaaki Kondo

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:159

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Left atrial appendage morphology has been proved to be an important predictor of left atrial thrombus (LAT) and left atrial spontaneous echo contrast (LASEC) and stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fib...

    Authors: Fan Wang, Mengyun Zhu, Xiaoyu Wang, Wei Zhang, Yang Su, Yuyan Lu, Xin Pan, Di Gao, Xianling Zhang, Wei Chen, Yawei Xu, Yuxi Sun and Dachun Xu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:153

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Angina pectoris (AP) and unheralded myocardial infarction (MI) are considered random clinical equivalents of ischemic heart disease (IHD). Aim of the study was to evaluate the long-term progression of AP as op...

    Authors: Clara Carpeggiani, Claudio Michelassi, Patrizia Landi and Antonio L’Abbate

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:156

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The stress in the ascending aorta results from many biomechanical factors including the geometry of the vessel and its maximum dimensions, arterial blood pressure and longitudinal systolic stretching due to he...

    Authors: Tomasz Plonek, Mikolaj Berezowski, Jacek Kurcz, Przemyslaw Podgorski, Marek Sąsiadek, Bartosz Rylski, Andrzej Mysiak and Marek Jasinski

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:154

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to investigate the high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) release profile in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) patients with normal postoperative course.

    Authors: Wen Ge, Chang Gu, Chao Chen, Wangwang Chen, Zhengqiang Cang, Yuliang Wang, Chennan Shi and Yangyang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:157

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  36. Content type: Case report

    Recent clinical trials have shown that pulmonary artery pressure-guided therapy via the CardioMEMS™ system reduces the risk of recurrent hospitalizations in chronic heart failure (HF) patients. The CardioMEMS™...

    Authors: Carsten Tschöpe, Alessio Alogna, Frank Spillmann, Alessandro Faragli, Gunther Schmidt, Florian Blaschke, Uwe Kühl, Ewa Hertel, Monika Willner, Daniel Morris, Heiner Post, Michel Noutsias, Burkert Pieske and Florian Krackhardt

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:155

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  37. Content type: Case report

    Lipomatous hypertrophy of the atrial septum (LHAS) is an anomaly of the heart. It is characterized by an infiltration of adipocytes into myocytes of the interatrial septum, sparing the fossa ovalis, which give...

    Authors: Grzegorz Bielicki, Marceli Lukaszewski, Kinga Kosiorowska, Jacek Jakubaszko, Rafal Nowicki and Marek Jasinski

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:152

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) is the first ranked among most common causes of death involving cardiovascular and other diseases. The information on the prevalence of IHD in Thailand is lacking especially among ...

    Authors: Boonsub Sakboonyarat and Ram Rangsin

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:151

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Hypertension is a challenging public health problem with a huge burden in the developing countries. Non-adherence to antihypertensive treatment is a big obstacle in blood pressure (BP) control and favours dise...

    Authors: Nkengla Menka Adidja, Valirie Ndip Agbor, Jeannine A. Aminde, Calypse A. Ngwasiri, Kathleen Blackett Ngu and Leopold Ndemnge Aminde

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:150

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  40. Content type: Case report

    In patients with Noonan syndrome (NS), cardiac disorders such as pulmonary valve stenosis (PS) or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) are common. While some patients can develop heart failure associated with HCM...

    Authors: Yoshito Kadoya, Tsuneaki Kenzaka, Yohei Oda and Satoaki Matoba

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:148

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) refers to fatty infiltration of liver in the absence of excessive alcohol abuse. However, the problem that whether NAFLD is correlated with subclinical atherosclerosis ...

    Authors: Jilin Zheng, Yong Zhou, Kuo Zhang, Yu Qi, Shimin An, Siyuan Wang, Xingquan Zhao and Yi-Da Tang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:147

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Extent of myocardial fibrosis (MF) determined using late gadolinium enhanced (LGE) predicts outcomes, but gadolinium is contraindicated in advanced renal disease. We assessed the ability of native T1-mapping t...

    Authors: M. P. Graham-Brown, A. S. Singh, G. S. Gulsin, E. Levelt, J. A. Arnold, D. J. Stensel, J. O. Burton and G. P. McCann

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:145

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  43. Content type: Research article

    It has been suggested that changes in pulmonary veins (PV) and left atrium (LA) anatomy may have an influence on initiating atrial fibrillation (AF) and the effectiveness of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in p...

    Authors: M. Skowerski, I. Wozniak-Skowerska, A. Hoffmann, S. Nowak, T. Skowerski, M. Sosnowski, A. M. Wnuk-Wojnar and K. Mizia-Stec

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:146

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The xanthine oxidase inhibitor allopurinol that is commonly used to treat gout, has been suggested to have pleiotropic effects that are likely to reduce the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) in at risk i...

    Authors: Tejas P. Singh, Tristan Skalina, Daniel Nour, Aarya Murali, Sean Morrison, Joseph V. Moxon and Jonathan Golledge

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:143

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  45. Content type: Correspondence

    The potential life-threatening consequences of catecholamine use for emergency circulatory support in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy-related acute heart failure is a major challenge in cardiovascular emergences. In ...

    Authors: Michael Dandel and Roland Hetzer

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:144

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  46. Content type: Case report

    Intracardiac invasion of head and neck cancer is extremely rare. Here, we report a case of recurred oral cavity cancer presenting with complete atrioventricular (AV) block caused by cardiac metastasis.

    Authors: Jae Yeong Cho, Kye Hun Kim, Hyukjin Park, Hyun Ju Yoon and Jong Chun Park

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2018 18:142

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