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Epidemiology and Digital Health

This section concerns the epidemiology of cardiovascular disorders including but not limited to: cohort studies, genetic association studies, and prevalence studies. Digital Health studies on artificial intelligence, big data, computational modelling, machine learning, mobile and electronic-health including remote consultation, social media, and virtual reality are welcomed.

  1. Despite the increasing availability of clinical data due to the digitalisation of healthcare systems, data often remain inaccessible due to the diversity of data collection systems. In the Netherlands, Cardiol...

    Authors: Sophie H. Bots, Klaske R. Siegersma, N. Charlotte Onland-Moret, Folkert W. Asselbergs, G. Aernout Somsen, Igor I. Tulevski, Hester M. den Ruijter and Leonard Hofstra

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:287

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  2. Increased D-dimer levels have been shown to correlate with adverse outcomes in various clinical conditions. However, few studies with a large sample size have been performed thus far to evaluate the prognostic...

    Authors: Ying-Wen Lin, Mei Jiang, Xue-biao Wei, Jie-leng Huang, Zedazhong Su, Yu Wang, Ji-yan Chen and Dan-qing Yu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:279

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  3. In recent years, decreases in mortality rates attributable to cardiovascular diseases have slowed but mortality attributable to heart failure (HF) has increased.

    Authors: Matthew T. Mefford, Zimin Zhuang, Zhi Liang, Wansu Chen, Sandra Y. Koyama, Maria T. Taitano, Heather L. Watson, Ming-Sum Lee, Stephen Sidney and Kristi Reynolds

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:261

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  4. This study examines the socioeconomic differentials in trends in the prevalence of hypertension and pre-hypertension and hypertension awareness, treatment, and control in rural Southwestern China.

    Authors: Lu-Ming Fan, Fang Wang, Min Zhao, Wen-Long Cui and Le Cai

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:259

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  5. Antithrombotic medications (antiplatelets and anticoagulants) reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), but with the disadvantage of increasing bleeding risk. Ethnicity and socioeconomic deprivation are...

    Authors: Wai Chung Tse, Corina Grey, Matire Harwood, Rod Jackson, Andrew Kerr, Suneela Mehta, Katrina Poppe, Romana Pylypchuk, Sue Wells and Vanessa Selak

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:206

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  6. The benefits of chronic polytherapy in reducing readmissions and death after myocardial infarction (MI) have been clearly shown. However, real-world evidence shows poor medication adherence and large geographi...

    Authors: Mirko Di Martino, Michela Alagna, Adele Lallo, Kendall Jamieson Gilmore, Paolo Francesconi, Francesco Profili, Salvatore Scondotto, Giovanna Fantaci, Gianluca Trifirò, Valentina Isgrò, Marina Davoli and Danilo Fusco

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:180

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  7. Dyslipidaemia refers to lipid abnormalities consisting of either one or any combination of the following: elevated total cholesterol (TC), elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c), elevated triglyc...

    Authors: Mohamed-Syarif Mohamed-Yassin, Noorhida Baharudin, Aqil Mohammad Daher, Najmin Abu Bakar, Anis Safura Ramli, Suraya Abdul-Razak, Nor-Ashikin Mohamed Noor Khan, Mariam Mohamad and Khalid Yusoff

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:149

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  8. Inconsistent results were found in the association between serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and hypertension among population-based studies. This study evaluated the association between ALT and hypertensio...

    Authors: Jiajing Jia, Ying Yang, Fangchao Liu, Minjin Zhang, Qin Xu, Tonglei Guo, Long Wang, Zuoqi Peng, Yuan He, Yuanyuan Wang, Ya Zhang, Hongguang Zhang, Haiping Shen, Yiping Zhang, Donghai Yan, Xu Ma…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:145

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  9. Despite tremendous investment worldwide, hypertension treatment and control rates remain low. The complexity and long-term dynamics of influencing factors make personalized management inevitable and challengin...

    Authors: Xingrong Shen, Siyi Xiao, Rong Liu, Guixian Tong, Tongzhu Liu and Debin Wang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:135

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  10. Annual influenza vaccination is an important public health measure to prevent influenza infections and is strongly recommended for cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients, especially in the current coronavirus d...

    Authors: Moojung Kim, Young Jae Kim, Sung Jin Park, Kwang Gi Kim, Pyung Chun Oh, Young Saing Kim and Eun Young Kim

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:129

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  11. There is a paucity of data regarding acute phase (in-hospital and 30-day) major adverse cardiac events (MACE) following ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in Bangladesh. This study aimed to doc...

    Authors: Zubair Akhtar, Mohammad Abdul Aleem, Probir Kumar Ghosh, A. K. M. Monwarul Islam, Fahmida Chowdhury, C. Raina MacIntyre and Ole Fröbert

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:85

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  12. Resting 12-lead electrocardiography is widely used for the detection of cardiac diseases. Electrocardiogram readings have been reported to be affected by aging and, therefore, can predict patient mortality.

    Authors: Naomi Hirota, Shinya Suzuki, Takuto Arita, Naoharu Yagi, Takayuki Otsuka, Mikio Kishi, Hiroaki Semba, Hiroto Kano, Shunsuke Matsuno, Yuko Kato, Tokuhisa Uejima, Yuji Oikawa, Minoru Matsuhama, Mitsuru Iida, Tatsuya Inoue, Junji Yajima…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:83

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  13. In Russia, cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality is high and the mortality gap between men and women is large. Conventional risk factors cannot explain these phenomena. Ventricular arrhythmia (VA) is an impor...

    Authors: Maria A. Shkolnikova, Rukijat A. Ildarova, Dmitri A. Jdanov, Svetlana A. Shalnova and Vladimir M. Shkolnikov

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:80

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  14. Hospital volume is known to be associated with outcomes of patients requiring complicated medical care. However, the relationship between hospital volume and prognosis of hospitalized patients with heart failu...

    Authors: Hidehiro Kaneko, Hidetaka Itoh, Haruki Yotsumoto, Hiroyuki Kiriyama, Tatsuya Kamon, Katsuhito Fujiu, Kojiro Morita, Nobuaki Michihata, Taisuke Jo, Norifumi Takeda, Hiroyuki Morita, Hideo Yasunaga and Issei Komuro

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:49

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  15. US and European guidelines diverge on whether to vaccinate adults who are not at high risk for cardiovascular events against influenza. Here, we investigated the associations between influenza vaccination and ...

    Authors: Abhijit Sen, Inger Johanne Bakken, Ragna Elise Støre Govatsmark, Torunn Varmdal, Kaare Harald Bønaa, Kenneth Jay Mukamal, Siri Eldevik Håberg and Imre Janszky

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:31

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  16. Cardiovascular diseases are still the main cause of death in the western world. However, diminishing mortality rates of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are motivating the need to investigate the process of s...

    Authors: Christian Fischer, Jens Höpner, Saskia Hartwig, Michel Noutsias and Rafael Mikolajczyk

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2021 21:18

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  17. Psychiatric disorders are significantly associated with the incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, mortality, hospital readmissionn. Oral and dental hygiene may play a role in such association. T...

    Authors: Zahra Darabi, Farid Najafi, Roya Safari-Faramani and Yahya Salimi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:501

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  18. In recent years, Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) has expanded rapidly in healthcare research but its application specifically to the field of cardiology has been limited. This study presents essential in...

    Authors: François A. M. Jean, Igor Sibon, Mathilde Husky, Thierry Couffinhal and Joel Swendsen

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:499

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  19. Systematic investigation and analysis of cardiovascular health status (CVHS) of Chinese women is rare. This study aimed to assess CVHS and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) burden in the Chinese w...

    Authors: Tian-Wen Han, Yu-Qi Liu, Wei Dong, Xiao-Juan Bai, Yu-Yang Liu, Xi Su, Yu-Ming Li, Ju-Ying Qian, Mei-Xiang Xiang, Lin Cai, Qian Lin, Jing-Bo Hou, Jie Yang, Dan-Dan Li, Huan-Wan Yang, Shan-Shan Zhou…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:497

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  20. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the commonest birth defect. Studies estimating the prevalence of CHD in school-age children could therefore contribute to quantifying unmet health needs for diagnosis and trea...

    Authors: Yingjuan Liu, Sen Chen, Liesl Zühlke, Sonya V. Babu-Narayan, Graeme C. Black, Mun-kit Choy, Ningxiu Li and Bernard D. Keavney

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:488

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  21. Keshan disease is an endemic cardiomyopathy of undefined causes. Being involved in the unclear pathogenesis of Keshan disease, a clear diagnosis, and effective treatment cannot be initiated. However, the rapid...

    Authors: Zhenzhen Li, Jin Wei, Yanping Zhang, Gaopeng Li, Huange Zhu, Na Lei, Qian He, Yan Geng and Jianhong Zhu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:481

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  22. The prognostic significance of diabetic retinopathy (DR) for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) remained unclear. Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis to assess whether DR predicted CVD mortality in diabetic ...

    Authors: Xiao-Hong Xu, Bo Sun, Shan Zhong, Dong-Dong Wei, Ze Hong and Ai-Qiang Dong

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:478

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  23. Hemoglobin glycation index (HGI) is considered to be a convenient measurable indicator to assess the inter-individual variation of HbA1c. In the present study, we tested the relationship between HGI and risk o...

    Authors: Jing Mi, Jian Song, Yingying Zhao and Xuesen Wu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:477

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  24. Growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15), a stress responsive cytokine, belongs to transforming growth factor β cytokine superfamily. Some evidence support that it’s involved in inflammation, coagulation, oxi...

    Authors: Zhuo Wang, Fangkun Yang, Menghuai Ma, Qinyi Bao, Jinlian Shen, Feiming Ye and Xiaojie Xie

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:462

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  25. Since the knowledge of the symptoms of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) may reduce the decision time for patients to seek help in case of an AMI, we aimed to summarize evidence on the knowledge of the AMI sym...

    Authors: Benedikt Birnbach, Jens Höpner and Rafael Mikolajczyk

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:445

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  26. Methanol is widely used in industry; however, methanol poisoning is not common. In this regard, a number of outbreaks have been recently reported due to inappropriate processing of alcoholic beverages. Shiraz,...

    Authors: Mohammad Hossein Nikoo, Alireza Arjangzadeh, Maryam Pakfetrat, Shahrokh Sadeghi Boogar, Vahid Mohammadkarimi, Vahid Reza Ostovan, Zohre Khodamoradi, Jamshid Roozbeh, Mohammadreza Khalili, Farnaz Kamali Haghighi Shirazi, Paryia Kouhi and Seyed Taghi Heydari

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:415

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  27. Electrocardiogram (ECG) is widely used to screen cardiac diseases. To date, no large population study has provided estimates of the prevalences of ECG findings in China. We aim to investigate the prevalences a...

    Authors: Liping Yu, Xiaojun Ye, Zhaojun Yang, Wenying Yang and Bo Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:414

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  28. Hypokalemia is common in patients treated with antihypertensive drugs, but the impact of correcting hypokalemia is insufficiently studied. We examined the consequences of hypokalemia and borderline hypokalemia...

    Authors: Maria Lukács Krogager, Peter Søgaard, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Henrik Bøggild, Christina Ji-Young Lee, Anders Bonde, Jesper Q. Thomassen, Gunnar Gislason, Manan Pareek and Kristian Kragholm

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:386

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  29. Smoking cessation is one of the most effective secondary prevention measures after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, around 50% of smokers do not quit smoking after AMI. The aim of the present study ...

    Authors: Jens Höpner, Udo Junge, Andrea Schmidt-Pokrzywniak, Christian Fischer and Rafael Mikolajczyk

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:384

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  30. Health literacy on cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) plays an effective role in preventing or delaying the disease onset as well as in impacting the efficacy of their management. In view of the projected low heal...

    Authors: Pedro Pallangyo, Nsajigwa Misidai, Makrina Komba, Zabella Mkojera, Happiness J. Swai, Naairah R. Hemed, Henry Mayala, Smita Bhalia, Jalack Millinga, Upendo W. Mollel, Happiness L. Kusima, Ester Chavala, Ziada Joram, Halifa Abdallah, Rajabu Hamisi and Mohamed Janabi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:364

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  31. There is uncertain evidence in the dose-response association between overall physical activity levels and clustering of cardiovascular diseases modifiable risk factors (CVDMRF) in Chinese adults. This study ex...

    Authors: Rui Shi, Yamei Cai, Rui Qin, Yang Yan and Dahai Yu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:347

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  32. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality with incidence rates of 5–10 per 1000 person-years, according to primary prevention studies. To control hyperlipidemia—a major risk factor...

    Authors: Hsin-Yin Hsu, Chien-Ju Lin, Yu-Shan Lee, Ting-Hui Wu and Kuo-Liong Chien

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:334

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  33. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the main cause of death and comorbidities worldwide. It is estimated that three quarters of all deaths related to CVD occur in low and middle income countries such as Brazil. ...

    Authors: Luiza Gabriela de Araújo Fonseca, Illia Nadinne Dantas Florentino Lima and Lucien Peroni Gualdi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:311

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  34. Over the span of the last decade, medical research has been increasingly putting greater emphasis on the study of meteorological parameters due to their connection to cardiovascular diseases. The main goal of ...

    Authors: Brigitta Szilágyi, Márton Berczeli, Attila Lovas, Zoltán Oláh, Klára Törő and Péter Sótonyi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:291

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  35. Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) is a common complication with poor outcomes following coronary angiography (CAG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, no study has explored the po...

    Authors: Li Lei, Yan Xue, Zhaodong Guo, Bowen Liu, Yibo He, Feier Song, Jin Liu, Guoli Sun, Liling Chen, Kaihong Chen, Zhiqi Su, Li Pan, Zhidong Huang, Yulu Huang, Xiuqiong Huang, Shiqun Chen…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:289

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  36. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a common reason for calls for intervention by emergency medical teams (EMTs) in Poland. Regardless of the mechanism, OHCA is a state in which the chance of survival is ...

    Authors: Michał Czapla, Marzena Zielińska, Anna Kubica-Cielińska, Dorota Diakowska, Tom Quinn and Piotr Karniej

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:288

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  37. As a result of advances in pediatric care and diagnostic testing, there is a growing population of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). The purpose of this study was to better define the epidemiology a...

    Authors: Sang-Yun Lee, Gi-Beom Kim, Hye-Won Kwon, Mi-kyoung Song, Eun Jung Bae, Sungkyu Cho, Jae Gun Kwak, Hong-Gook Lim, Woong-Han Kim and Jeong-Ryul Lee

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:227

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  1. Physical activity has been associated with a significant reduction in risk of sudden cardiac death in epidemiological studies, however, the strength of the association needs clarification. We conducted a syste...

    Authors: Dagfinn Aune, Sabrina Schlesinger, Mark Hamer, Teresa Norat and Elio Riboli

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:318

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  2. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality is substantially higher in Russia than in neighbouring Norway. We aimed to compare blood pressure- and lipid-lowering medication use and proportion meeting treatment targ...

    Authors: Sarah Cook, Laila A. Hopstock, Anne Elise Eggen, Katie Bates, Olena Iakunchykova, Anna Kontsevaya, Martin McKee, Henrik Schirmer, Michael Voevoda, Alexander V. Kudryavtsev, Sofia Malyutina and David A. Leon

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:234

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  3. Timely restoration of bloodflow acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) reduces myocardial damage and improves prognosis. The objective of this study was describe the association of demographi...

    Authors: Lee K. Taylor, Michael A. Nelson, Marianne Gale, Judy Trevena, David B. Brieger, Scott Winch, Michelle A. Cretikos, Leah A. Newman, Hai N. Phung, Steven C. Faddy, Paul M. Kelly and Kerry Chant

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:224

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  4. Abnormal glucose metabolism has been suggested to be involved in the development of hypertension. This study investigated the effect of the association and potential interaction of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA...

    Authors: Jian Song, Nana Wei, Yingying Zhao, Yuhong Jiang, Xuesen Wu and Huaiquan Gao

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:218

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  5. Prior studies have shown insulin resistance is associated with reduced cardiac autonomic function measured at rest, but few studies have determined whether insulin resistance is associated with reduced cardiac...

    Authors: Anna K. Poon, Eric A. Whitsel, Gerardo Heiss, Elsayed Z. Soliman, Lynne E. Wagenknecht, Takeki Suzuki and Laura Loehr

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:217

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  6. Heart failure (HF) represents an accumulated burden of systemic vascular damage and is the fastest growing form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Due to increasing HF-attributable mortality rates, we sought to ...

    Authors: Alexander C. Razavi, Kaitlin S. Potts, Tanika N. Kelly, Jiang He, Camilo Fernandez, Marie Krousel-Wood, Amanda H. Anderson, Joshua Bundy, Seamus P. Whelton, Roger S. Blumenthal, Donald Lloyd-Jones and Lydia A. Bazzano

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:202

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  7. Statin remains a mainstay in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Statin utilization has evolved over time in many countries, but data on this topic from China are quite limited. This study...

    Authors: Yujuan Liu, Xiaoqun Lv, Ning Xie, Zhonghong Fang, Weifang Ren, Yuan Gong, Yan Jin and Jun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:201

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  8. Childhood hypertension is a predictor of later diseases, increases the risk for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in adulthood and results in major economic burdens.

    Authors: Pooneh Angoorani, Shayan Mostafaei, Toktam Kiani, Hanieh-Sadat Ejtahed, Mohammad Esmaeil Motlagh, Gita Shafiee, Armita Mahdavi Gorabi, Mostafa Qorbani, Ramin Heshmat and Roya Kelishadi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:193

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  9. Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are commonly used as a treatment for many cardiovascular diseases, but their safety has been called into question. The VALUE trial found an increased risk of myocardial inf...

    Authors: Yara Wanas, Rim Bashir, Nazmul Islam and Luis Furuya-Kanamori

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:188

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  10. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent sustained arrhythmia worldwide and it aggravates cardiovascular morbidity and mortality; however, this is largely under-diagnosed. Moreover, among end-stage renal...

    Authors: Izzat AlAwwa, Reham Al-Hindi, Nadeen Alfraihat, Ahmad Obeid, Sarah Ibrahim, Shatha Jallad, Ahmad Al-Awwa and Akram Saleh

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:186

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  11. Short supraventricular tachycardias with atrial fibrillation (AF) characteristics are associated with an increased risk of developing AF over time. The aim of this study is to determine if presence of very sho...

    Authors: Tove Fredriksson, Katrin Kemp Gudmundsdottir, Viveka Frykman, Leif Friberg, Faris Al-Khalili, Johan Engdahl and Emma Svennberg

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:167

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  12. Tobacco smoking is one of the most important risk factors of coronary heart disease (CHD). Hence, smoking cessation is considered pivotal in the prevention of CHD. The current study aimed to evaluate smoking c...

    Authors: D. Goettler, M. Wagner, H. Faller, K. Kotseva, D. Wood, R. Leyh, G. Ertl, W. Karmann, P. U. Heuschmann and S. Störk

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:152

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  13. Few reports are available on the contribution of general and abdominal obesity to the progression of carotid atherosclerosis in late adulthood. This study investigated the impact of four simple anthropometric ...

    Authors: Yume Imahori, Ellisiv B. Mathiesen, Katy E. Morgan, Chris Frost, Alun D. Hughes, Laila A. Hopstock, Stein Harald Johnsen, Nina Emaus and David A. Leon

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:138

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  14. Uncontrolled hypertension is a major cardiovascular risk factor. We examined uncontrolled hypertension and differences in treatment regimens between a high-risk country, Russia, and low-risk Norway to gain bet...

    Authors: Jakob Petersen, Sofia Malyutina, Andrey Ryabikov, Anna Kontsevaya, Alexander V. Kudryavtsev, Anne Elise Eggen, Martin McKee, Sarah Cook, Laila A. Hopstock, Henrik Schirmer and David A. Leon

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:135

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  15. Uncontrolled hypertension is one of the major risk factors of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. The prevalence of hypertension in Ethiopia is expected to reach up to 30%. The aim of this study was t...

    Authors: Firehiwot Amare, Bisrat Hagos, Mekonnen Sisay and Bereket Molla

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:129

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  16. Effective control of blood pressure is necessary to avert the risk of cardiovascular diseases from uncontrolled hypertension. Despite evidence on the benefits of hypertension control, rates of control in Ghana...

    Authors: Darlene Esinam Okai, Adom Manu, Emefa Modey Amoah, Amos Laar, Joseph Akamah and Kwasi Torpey

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:123

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  17. Sleep apnea and diabetes mellitus (DM) negatively impact cardiovascular health. One important indicator of cardiovascular health is the Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI). Either low ABI or high ABI are signs of perip...

    Authors: Mohammed M. Alshehri, Abdulfattah S. Alqahtani, Aqeel M. Alenazi, Monira Aldhahi, Shaima Alothman, Corey Gray, Bader Alqahtani, Kamlesh Khunti and Patricia Kluding

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:118

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  18. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a risk factor for diabetic foot ulcer, limb amputation as well as coronary heart disease. It is more common in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and co-exists with perip...

    Authors: Orighomisan Freda Agboghoroma, Fatai Momodu Akemokwe and Fabian H. Puepet

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:102

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  19. The purpose of this study was to confirm that inequalities in community-level social economic status (SES) do actually impact the incidence of ischemic heart disease (IHD) using the Korean population-based coh...

    Authors: Jun Gyo Gwon, Jimi Choi and Young Jin Han

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:87

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  20. Identification of early signs of atherosclerosis in young adults have the potential to guide early interventions to prevent later cardiovascular disease. We therefore analyzed measures of vascular structure an...

    Authors: Paul Pettersson-Pablo, Yang Cao, Torbjörn Bäckström, Torbjörn K. Nilsson and Anita Hurtig-Wennlöf

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:77

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  21. Long-term exposure to pollution has been shown to increase risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality, and may contribute to the increased risk of CVD among individuals with higher social risk.

    Authors: Ann Canterbury, Justin B. Echouffo-Tcheugui, Daniel Shpilsky, Aryan Aiyer, Steven E. Reis and Sebhat Erqou

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:76

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  22. The relative importance of lifestyle, medical and psychosocial factors on the risk of recurrent major cardiovascular (CV) events (MACE) in coronary patients’ needs to be identified. The main objective of this ...

    Authors: E. Sverre, K. Peersen, H. Weedon-Fekjær, J. Perk, E. Gjertsen, E. Husebye, L. Gullestad, T. Dammen, J. E. Otterstad and J. Munkhaugen

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:61

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  23. Several inherited cardiac diseases may lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD) a devastating event in the families. It is crucial to establish a post mortem diagnosis to facilitate relevant work-up and treatment of...

    Authors: Puriya Daniel Yazdanfard, Alex Hørby Christensen, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen, Henning Bundgaard and Bo Gregers Winkel

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:58

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  24. Postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock (PCS) that is refractory to inotropic support remains a major concern in cardiac surgery and is almost universally fatal unless treated with mechanical support. While reported ...

    Authors: Mariusz Kowalewski, Giuseppe Maria Raffa, Kamil Zieliński, Musab Alanazi, Martijn Gilbers, Sam Heuts, Ehsan Natour, Elham Bidar, Rick Schreurs, Thijs Delnoij, Rob Driessen, Jan-Willem Sels, Marcel van de Poll, Paul Roekaerts, Paolo Meani, Jos Maessen…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2020 20:10

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  25. Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are among the most common congenital malformations. It is estimated that the incidence of CHD is constant worldwide, but data are rare for most African countries including Tanza...

    Authors: Antke Zuechner, Tumaini Mhada, Naizihijwa G. Majani, Godwin G. Sharau, William Mahalu and Matthias W. Freund

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:291

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  26. AAA is a disease affecting predominantly male patients ≥65 years and its dreaded complications such as rupture led to population-based screening programs as preventive measure. Nonetheless, the supposed preval...

    Authors: Anna Hohneck, Michael Keese, Gerhard Ruemenapf, Klaus Amendt, Hannelore Muertz, Katharina Janda, Ibrahim Akin, Martin Borggrefe and Martin Sigl

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:284

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  27. In spite of the important role of Apolipoprotein-M (ApoM) and Sphingosine-1-Phosphate (S1P) played in atherosclerosis (AS), there was few related research reporting ApoM and S1P complex (ApoM-S1P) on biologica...

    Authors: Yang Liu and Li Tie

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:279

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  28. To estimate the prevalence of elevated blood glucose level (EBG, including type 2 diabetes mellitus and impaired fasting glucose), and its association with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in Guangzhou,...

    Authors: Lu Fu, Hai Deng, Wei-dong Lin, Shang-fei He, Fang-zhou Liu, Yang Liu, Xian-zhang Zhan, Xian-hong Fang, Hong-tao Liao, Wei Wei, Zi-li Liao, Li-hong Tang, Zu-yi Fu, Mu-rui Zheng, Shu-lin Wu and Yu-mei Xue

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:270

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  29. Hypertension is an established risk factor for the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). We evaluated the association and population impact of hypertension, defined using the new 2017 guidelines, on risk of...

    Authors: Anas Rattani, J’Neka S. Claxton, Mohammed K. Ali, Lin Y. Chen, Elsayed Z. Soliman and Alonso Alvaro

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:262

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  30. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) imposes much mortality and morbidity worldwide. The use of “deep learning”, advancements in genomics, metabolomics, proteomics and devices like wearables have the potential to unea...

    Authors: Jonathan Yap, Weng Khong Lim, Anders Sahlén, Calvin Woon-Loong Chin, Kenneth Michael Yun-Chi Chew, Sonia Davila, John Allen, Vera Goh, Swee Yaw Tan, Patrick Tan, Carolyn S. P. Lam, Stuart Alexander Cook and Khung Keong Yeo

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:259

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  31. The new ACC/AHA hypertension guideline lower the definition of hypertension from 140/90 mmHg to 130/80 mmHg and eliminate the category of prehypertension thus increasing the prevalence of hypertension. A purpo...

    Authors: Yanxia Xie, Mingfeng Ma, Zhao Li, Xiaofan Guo, Guozhe Sun, Zhaoqing Sun, Jia Zheng, Yingxian Sun and Liqiang Zheng

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:258

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  32. The risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) is known to be dynamic. However, the accuracy of a dynamic SCD prediction is unknown. We aimed to measure the dynamic predictive accuracy of ECG biomarkers of SCD and com...

    Authors: Erick A. Perez-Alday, Aron Bender, David German, Srini V. Mukundan, Christopher Hamilton, Jason A. Thomas, Yin Li-Pershing and Larisa G. Tereshchenko

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:255

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  33. Individuals with established cardiovascular disease (CVD) and risk factors such as age, smoking, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus are at an increased risk of recurrent cardiovascular events and death. The i...

    Authors: Romona D. Govender, Saif Al-Shamsi, Elpidoforos S. Soteriades and Dybesh Regmi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:253

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  34. The independent association of neck circumference (NC) on elevated blood pressure is still uncertain in adults of China. The aim of this study is to explore such association and investigate the predictive valu...

    Authors: Huijing He, Li Pan, Feng Liu, Jingang Ma, Li Wang, Zhiping Hu, Yajun Li and Guangliang Shan

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:244

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  35. Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs provide significant benefit for people with cardiovascular disease. Despite these benefits, such services are not universally available. We designed and evaluated a nationa...

    Authors: Bonnie J. Wakefield, Kariann Drwal, Monica Paez, Sara Grover, Carrie Franciscus, Heather Schacht Reisinger, Peter J. Kaboli and Ramzi El Accaoui

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:242

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  36. Measures of abdominal adiposity are strongly associated with all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, data are limited and conflicting regarding the consequences of changes in body fat di...

    Authors: Angela A. Mulligan, Marleen A. H. Lentjes, Robert N. Luben, Nicholas J. Wareham and Kay-Tee Khaw

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:238

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  37. The risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and coronary artery disease (CAD) is an important and inadequately addressed issue. Our aim is to examine the impact of DM on...

    Authors: Sadaf Kamil, Thomas S. G. Sehested, Nicholas Carlson, Kim Houlind, Jens F. Lassen, Casper N. Bang, Helena Dominguez, Christian T. Pedersen and Gunnar H. Gislason

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:234

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  38. First-degree atrioventricular block (AVB) has traditionally been regarded as a benign condition but recent studies have challenged this conception. Prevalence of 1–2% have been reported in developed countries ...

    Authors: Zhi Du, Liying Xing, Min Lin, Yuanmeng Tian, Li Jing, Han Yan, Boqiang Zhang, Shuang Liu, Shiwen Yu and Yingxian Sun

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:214

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  39. Smoking is a strong risk factor for cancer and atherosclerosis. Cancer mortality, especially from lung cancer, overtakes cardiovascular (CV) death rate in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Only ...

    Authors: Alexandra Yannoutsos, Manon Fontaine, Alexandre Galloula, Diane Damotte, Gilles Chatellier, Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot, Guy Meyer, Jean Pastre, Véronique Duchatelle, Valéria Marini, Karl-Léo Schwering, Isabelle Lazareth, Parinaz Ghaffari, Audrey Stansal, Hélène Sanson, Cécile Labrousse…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:212

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  40. Obesity has nearly tripled worldwide during the last four decades, especially in young adults, and is of growing concern since it is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). We explored how different b...

    Authors: Ulrika Fernberg, Jos op ‘t Roodt, Maria Fernström and Anita Hurtig-Wennlöf

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:205

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  41. Several studies on the growth rates of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in Chinese population have been conducted; however, this issue remains unclear. The aim of this study is to systematically review publishe...

    Authors: Tingting Huang, Shuai Liu, Jianhua Huang, Baohui Xu, Yongping Bai and Wei Wang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:204

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  42. This study examines how prevalence and clustering of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors differ by ethnicity and socioeconomic status (SES) among rural southwest Chinese adults.

    Authors: Li Hui-Fang, Le Cai, Xu-Ming Wang and Allison Rabkin Golden

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:200

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  43. Cardiovascular (CV) diseases including heart failure are the leading causes of morbidity, with age being the primary risk factor. The combination of age-related organic functional impairment and reduced physic...

    Authors: Jonathan Wagner, Raphael Knaier, Denis Infanger, Konstantin Arbeev, Matthias Briel, Thomas Dieterle, Henner Hanssen, Oliver Faude, Ralf Roth, Timo Hinrichs and Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:180

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  44. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality worldwide; however, the epidemiology of CVD among nationals from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) remains unknown. This study aimed to estimate the ...

    Authors: Saif Al-Shamsi, Dybesh Regmi and Romona D. Govender

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:148

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  45. Biochemical marker has revolutionized the approach to the diagnosis of heart failure. However, it remains difficult to assess stability of the patient. As such, novel means of stratifying disease severity are ...

    Authors: Chao Gao, Shasha Zhao, Kun Lian, Baibing Mi, Rui Si, Zhijun Tan, Feng Fu, Shuai Wang, Rutao Wang, Xinliang Ma and Ling Tao

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:139

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