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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Research article

    Introduction of a novel service model to improve uptake and adherence with cardiac rehabilitation within Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

    Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) carried out a cardiac rehabilitation (CR) service redesign aimed at optimising patient recruitment and retention and decreasing readmissions.

    Fiona McCartan, Nicola Bowers, Jack Turner, Mirren Mandalia, Nayan Kalnad, Anna Bishop-Bailey, Jiayu Fu and Piers Clifford

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:184

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  15. Research article

    Risk factors for coronary artery disease in patients undergoing elective coronary angiography in Jordan

    Unhealthy lifestyle factors such as smoking, obesity, inactivity and type 2 diabetes are endemic in the Middle East. The public health consequences might be detrimental; however, local studies on risk factors ...

    Abdel-Ellah Al-Shudifat, Asgeir Johannessen, Mohammed Azab, Amjad Al-Shdaifat, Suhad Sameer AbuMweis, Lana M. Agraib and Reema F. Tayyem

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:183

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  16. Research article

    Conditions of gestation, childbirth and childhood associated with C-peptide in young adults in the 1982 Birth Cohort in Pelotas-RS; Brazil

    The connecting peptide in insulin has been associated with cardiovascular risk and overall mortality in the adult population. However, its early determinants are unknown. Assess the association of exposures du...

    Romildo Luiz Monteiro Andrade, Denise Petrucci Gigante, Isabel Oliveira de Oliveira and Bernardo Lessa Horta

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:181

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  17. Research article

    Plasma homocysteine levels associated with a corrected QT interval

    Little is known about the relationship between homocysteine (Hcy) levels and the QT interval. We examined the association of different Hcy levels with corrected QT (QTc) intervals in a general population.

    Zhao Li, Xiaofan Guo, Guozhe Sun, Liqiang Zheng, Yingxian Sun, Yamin Liu and Maria Roselle Abraham

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:182

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  18. 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

  19. Research article

    Estimating the direct costs of ischemic heart disease: evidence from a teaching hospital in BRAZIL, a retrospective cohort study

    Coronary artery disease is the most prevalent cardiovascular disease. In the United States, 7% of adults over 20 years of age are estimated to have coronary artery disease. In Brazil, a prevalence of 5 to 8% h...

    Rosane Paixão Schlatter, Vânia Naomi Hirakata and Carisi Anne Polanczyk

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:180

    Published on: 4 July 2017

  20. Research article

    Pro-Adrenomedullin predicts 10-year all-cause mortality in community-dwelling patients: a prospective cohort study

    Several studies found mid-regional pro-adrenomedullin (ProADM), the prohormone of the cardiovascular protein adrenomedullin, to be strongly associated with short-term mortality, mostly in the inpatient setting...

    Jonas Odermatt, Marc Meili, Lara Hersberger, Rebekka Bolliger, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Matthias Briel, Heiner C. Bucher, Beat Mueller and Philipp Schuetz

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:178

    Published on: 4 July 2017

  21. Case report

    “Pseudo aortoiliac bifurcation” leading to significant plaque shifting in the endovascular treatment of an aortoiliac bifurcation lesion: a case report

    Plaque shifting is a serious complication of endovascular treatment (EVT) for aortoiliac bifurcation lesions. It is challenging to predict the occurrence of unfavorable plaque shifting correctly. ...

    Yoshito Kadoya, Tsuneaki Kenzaka, Daisuke Naito, Kan Zen and Satoaki Matoba

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:179

    Published on: 4 July 2017

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