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  1. Although invasively measured blood pressure (invBP) is regarded as a “gold standard” in critically ill cardiac patients, the non-invasive BP is still widely used, at least at the initiation of medical care. Th...

    Authors: Jitka Seidlerová, Pavlína Tůmová, Richard Rokyta and Milan Hromadka

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:150

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  2. 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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  3. Postoperative atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia seen after cardiac surgery. We aimed to determine the effect of obesity and metabolic syndrome on postoperative atrial fibrillation, whether they...

    Authors: Ünsal Vural and Ahmet Arif Ağlar

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:147

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  4. Little is known about the ICD performance using enhanced detection algorithms in unselected, non-trial patients. Performance of recent generation ICD equipped with SmartShock™ technology (SST) for detection an...

    Authors: François Regoli, Denis Graf, Beat Schaer, Firat Duru, Peter Ammann, Lorenza Mangoni di S. Stefano, Barbara Naegli, Haran Burri, Rainer Zbinden, Nazmi Krasniqi and Martin Fromer

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:146

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  5. The relationship between vitamin D levels and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) remains unclear. We assessed the association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels with the prevalence of PAD in patients...

    Authors: Jing Yuan, Pu Jia, Lin Hua, Zhong Xin and Jin-Kui Yang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:145

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  6. Using the current meta-analysis as well as systematic review, to determine the curative effect of Nicorandil in comparison of no Nicorandil after elective percutaneous coronary intervention(PCI) on patients.

    Authors: Xiao-Tao Zhao, Chun-Fei Zhang and Qing-Jie Liu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:144

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  7. Cardiovascular diseases remain the top global killer, with nearly 80% of related mortalities occurring in developing countries. Over half of cardiovascular diseases’ mortality is due to coronary heart disease,...

    Authors: Mohannad Eid AbuRuz

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:143

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  8. Clinical trials have demonstrated that direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are at least non-inferior to warfarin in reducing the risk of stroke/systemic embolism (SE) among patients with non-valvular atrial fib...

    Authors: Kiran Gupta, Jeffrey Trocio, Allison Keshishian, Qisu Zhang, Oluwaseyi Dina, Jack Mardekian, Anagha Nadkarni and Thomas C Shank

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:142

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  9. CD36 is associated with regulation of lipid metabolism, atherosclerosis, and blood pressure. Moreover, its variation may be involved in the development of hypertension and/or coronary artery disease (CAD). The...

    Authors: Mohammad Amin Momeni-Moghaddam, Gholamreza Asadikaram, Hamed Akbari, Moslem Abolhassani, Mohammad Masoumi, Zahra Nadimy and Mohammad Khaksari

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:140

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  10. 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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  11. Catheter ablation (CA) and left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have been combined into a novel one-stop procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, postoperative complications are relativel...

    Authors: Zhonglin Han, Xiang Wu, Zheng Chen, Wengqing Ji, Xuehua Liu, Yu Liu, Wencheng Di, Xiaohong Li, Hongsong Yu, Xinlin Zhang, Biao Xu, Rong Fang Lan and Wei Xu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:138

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  12. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the most prevalent cardiac and cerebrovascular risk factors. The study aimed to find a new way to investigate left ventricle (LV) systolic dysfunction in T2DM patients...

    Authors: Jun Huang, Hai-Ling Hu, Zi-Ning Yan, Li Fan, Yi-Fei Rui, Dan Shen and Jie Li

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:137

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  13. The purpose of this review is to examine the effect of Omega-3 Fatty acids on mortality, morbidity, and adverse events in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

    Authors: Federico Popoff, Giselle Balaciano, Ariel Bardach, Daniel Comandé, Vilma Irazola, Hugo Norberto Catalano and Ariel Izcovich

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:136

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  14. Effects of β-blockers on outcomes in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) is still in controversy.

    Authors: Tianyu Xu, Yuli Huang, Haobin Zhou, Yujia Bai, Xingfu Huang, Yunzhao Hu, Dingli Xu, Yuhui Zhang and Jian Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:135

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  15. Treating patients in cardiac arrest (CA) with mechanical chest compressions (MCC) during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is now routine in many coronary catheterization laboratories (cath-lab) and mor...

    Authors: Bjarne Madsen Hardig, Karl B. Kern and Henrik Wagner

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:134

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  16. After publication of the original article [1], the authors have notified us of a typing error in spelling Dr. Kabat’s name. The original publication has been corrected.

    Authors: Magdalena Fraczek-Jucha, Katarzyna Zbierska-Rubinkiewicz, Małgorzata Kabat, Krzysztof Plens, Radoslaw Rychlak, Jadwiga Nessler and Andrzej Gackowski

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:133

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    The original article was published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:105

  17. Historically, the majority of insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) procedures were performed in the cardiac catheterization (cath) lab, electrophysiology (EP) lab, or operating room (OR). The miniaturization of IC...

    Authors: Prashanthan Sanders, Christopher Piorkowski, Johannes A. Kragten, Grahame K. Goode, Satish R. Raj, Trang Dinh, M. Rizwan Sohail, Rishi Anand, Angel Moya-Mitjans, Noreli Franco, Kurt Stromberg and John D. Rogers

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:132

    Content type: Technical advance

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  18. Bone morphogenetic protein9 (BMP9) has been reported to have a role in vascular development. However, there is still a lack of information regarding the association between circulating BMP9 levels and cardiova...

    Authors: Rui Liu, Wenjing Hu, Xiaoqiang Li, Danlan Pu, Gangyi Yang, Hua Liu, Minghong Tan and Danping Zhu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:131

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  19. Gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) is a new predictor of cardiovascular diseases. In this study, we aimed to determine its association with ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) in implantable cardioverter-defibrillator ...

    Authors: You Zhou, Shuang Zhao, Keping Chen, Wei Hua and Shu Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:129

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  20. The association between mean platelet volume (MPV) and coronary plaque vulnerability in patients with non-ST-elevation ACS (NSTE-ACS) has not been investigated. We performed a retrospective study to evaluate t...

    Authors: Jun Wang, Xing Li, Jun Pu, Siyu Jin, Lu Jia, Xiaomei Li, Fen Liu and Yining Yang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:128

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  21. Loop diuretics are recommended by clinical practice guidelines to treat volume overload in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). The effectiveness of switching furosemide to torsemide versus optimizing the...

    Authors: Alaa Rahhal, Mohamed Omar Saad, Kawthar Tawengi, Abed Al Raouf Assi, Masa Habra and Dalia Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:127

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  22. Information on the role of intermittent fasting (IF) on pathologic cardiac remodeling is scarce. We compared the effects of IF before and after myocardial infarction (MI) on rat cardiac remodeling and survival.

    Authors: K. Okoshi, M. D. M. Cezar, M. A. M. Polin, J. R. Paladino Jr, P. F. Martinez, S. A. Oliveira Jr, A. R. R. Lima, R. L. Damatto, S. A. R. Paiva, L. A. M. Zornoff and M. P. Okoshi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:126

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  23. Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) are assumed to be prognostic factors in many diseases such as inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. However, NLR...

    Authors: Lishan Wu, Shan Zou, Cantian Wang, Xuerui Tan and Min Yu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:125

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  24. Guidelines recommend tight systolic blood pressure (SBP) control for favorable outcomes of type B aortic dissection (BAD) but are still limited by the optimal cut-off value of SBP. The purpose of this study wa...

    Authors: Nan Lu, Xiaojing Ma, Tan Xu, Zhuoqiao He, Bayi Xu, Qingfeng Xiong and Xuerui Tan

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:124

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  25. Despite currently available treatments, the burden of myocardial infarction (MI) morbidity and mortality remains prominent. The aim of this was to investigate the risk of developing subsequent cardiovascular e...

    Authors: Ville Kytö, Tuire Prami, Houssem Khanfir, Pål Hasvold, Eeva Reissell and Juhani Airaksinen

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:123

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  26. Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is a common complication in patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM) who undergo surgical myectomy. POAF is associated with poor outcome. The role o...

    Authors: Changpeng Song, Shengwei Wang, Ying Guo, Xinxin Zheng, Jie Lu, Xiaonan Fang, Shuiyun Wang and Xiaohong Huang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:122

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  27. Despite the availability and improvement in diagnostic and therapeutic interventions with proven benefits in reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, control rates of hypertension remain poor and gross...

    Authors: Gebrewahd Bezabh Gebremichael, Kalayou Kidanu Berhe and Teklewoini Mariye Zemichael

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:121

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  28. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is caused by different mechanisms but current treatment strategies do not target these mechanisms. Stratified therapy based on mechanistic drivers and biomarkers of AF have the potenti...

    Authors: Winnie Chua, Christina L. Easter, Eduard Guasch, Alice Sitch, Barbara Casadei, Harry J. G. M. Crijns, Doreen Haase, Stéphane Hatem, Stefan Kääb, Lluis Mont, Ulrich Schotten, Moritz F. Sinner, Karla Hemming, Jonathan J. Deeks, Paulus Kirchhof and Larissa Fabritz

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:120

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. Emerging evidence suggests that patients with coronary artery disease carry an increased risk of developing malignancy, with deleterious effects on long-term prognosis. Our aim was to ascertain whether baselin...

    Authors: Giuseppe Berton, Rocco Cordiano, Fiorella Cavuto, Francesco Bagato, Heba Talat Mahmoud and Mattia Pasquinucci

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:119

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  30. Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury is a leading cause of death all over the world, so developing practical approaches to promote cardioprotection against IR injury is essential. Exercise training is a...

    Authors: Maral Ramez, Hamid Rajabi, Fatemeh Ramezani, Nasim Naderi, Amir Darbandi-Azar and Farinaz Nasirinezhad

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:118

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  31. Postoperative bleeding in cardiovascular surgery is a frequent and complicated situation for the surgical team, and may also be responsible for significant hospital expenditures. Fibrin glue are indicated in s...

    Authors: Amine Cheikh, Mohamed Rida Ajaja, Hicham Rhazali, Mustapha Bouatia, Ali Benomar, Anas Slaoui, Yahia Cherrah, Redouane Abouqal, Amine El Hassani and Younes Cheikhaoui

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:117

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  32. In recent years, studies have indicated that vitamin D [25(OH)D3] and other calcium-phosphate (Ca-P) metabolism parameters and their disturbances might be potential new factors that may influence health-related q...

    Authors: Olga Mozenska, Jacek Bil, Agnieszka Segiet and Dariusz A. Kosior

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:116

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  33. Previous studies reported that low level of oestradiol (E2) was associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, little study examined the relationship between E2 and CVD in longevous wome...

    Authors: Qiao Zhu, Yao Yao, Chao-Xue Ning, Xiao-Ping Chen, Fu-Xin Luan, Liang Liu, Qiong Liu, Na Wang, Fu Zhang and Ya-Li Zhao

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:115

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  34. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of pregnancy. There is limited data regarding the predictors of persistent left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction. R...

    Authors: Firdevs Aysenur Ekizler and Serkan Cay

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:114

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  35. Warfarin is the standard of care and NOAC (Novel oral anticoagulants) are a group of newer drugs for such purposes. NOAC has a generally better profile (Clear interaction, less side effect, require less monito...

    Authors: Qiyu He, Chun-Yat Sze, Tin-Yau Shum, Guang Hao, Nga-Yin Belinda Wong, Tat-Hang Sin, Wei Wei and Sujian Xia

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:113

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  36. Impaired renal function increases the bleeding risk, leading to a conservative prescription and frequent discontinuation of oral anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD...

    Authors: Blerim Luani, Conrad Genz, Joerg Herold, Andreas Mitrasch, Julius Mitusch, Marcus Wiemer, Alexander Schmeißer, Rüdiger C. Braun-Dullaeus and Thomas Rauwolf

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:112

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  37. Inflammation in myocardial infarction has a complex immunogenic origin and is suspected to be closely involved in its aetio-pathogenesis as well as outcome. In this study the objective was to further elucidate...

    Authors: Mitrakrishnan Rayno Navinan, Sepalika Mendis, Sumudu Wickramasinghe, Ambiga Kathirgamanathan, Tharanga Fernando and Jevon Yudhisdran

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:111

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  38. The rational length of stay following non-complicated percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for Non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients remains controversial. Few studies have examined the ...

    Authors: Guozhong Wang, Quanming Zhao, Qing Cheng, Xiaoxia Zhang, Lei Tian and Xiaofan Wu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:109

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  39. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with poorer outcomes after aortic valve replacement (AVR). For high-risk patients with complex CAD, combined transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) plus off-p...

    Authors: Hardy Baumbach, Eva R. Schairer, Kristina Wachter, Christian Rustenbach, Samir Ahad, Alina Stan, Stephan Hill, Peter Bramlage, Ulrich F. W. Franke and Tim Schäufele

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:108

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  40. Recent studies have indicated that monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) plays an important role in the initiation and progression of ischaemic heart disease. However, no previous research has investigate...

    Authors: Yong Zhu, Chengping Hu, Yu Du, Jianwei Zhang, Jinxing Liu, Hongya Han and Yingxin Zhao

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:107

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  41. Parathyroidectomy has ameliorated cardiovascular risk factors in patients with hypercalcemic primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), but the effect of parathyroidectomy on normocalcemic PHPT is not exactly known. ...

    Authors: Selvihan Beysel, Mustafa Caliskan, Muhammed Kizilgul, Mahmut Apaydin, Seyfullah Kan, Mustafa Ozbek and Erman Cakal

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:106

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  42. The function of deiodinases – selenoproteins converting thyroid hormones may be disturbed by oxidative stress accompanying heart failure. Selenium (Se) may be used by glutathione peroxidase, leading to a lack ...

    Authors: Magdalena Fraczek-Jucha, Katarzyna Zbierska-Rubinkiewicz, Małgorzata Kabat, Krzysztof Plens, Radoslaw Rychlak, Jadwiga Nessler and Andrzej Gackowski

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:105

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:133

  43. Arrhythmic sudden cardiac death (SCD) represents a major worldwide public health problem accounting for 15–20% of deaths. Risk stratification to identify patients at risk of SCD is crucial in order to implemen...

    Authors: C. Balla, F. Vitali, A. Brieda, F. Gualandi, A. Ferlini, M. Bertini and R. Ferrari

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:104

    Content type: Review

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  44. Left ventricle mass (LVM) can be influenced by various conditions including hypertension and/or inherent cardiomyopathies. Dysglycemia is also thought to exert an anabolic effect on heart tissue by hyperinsuli...

    Authors: Gokulan Pararajasingam, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Dan Eik Høfsten, Thomas Brøcher Christophersen, Søren Auscher, Jørgen Hangaard and Kenneth Egstrup

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:103

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  45. The diagnostic and prognostic utility of risk factors proposed by the 2012 American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Foundation (AHA/ACCF) Scientific Statement on the cardiac assessment of ...

    Authors: Sarah Alexander, Meron Teshome, Hena Patel, Edie Y. Chan and Rami Doukky

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:102

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  46. Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a fatal condition, with a subsequent variety of complications. Although rare, the ensuing presentation of atrial fibrillation (AF) secondary to PE is evident in the literature. Howev...

    Authors: Mohammad A. Abdulsalam, Mohammed N. Elganainy and Ahmad J. Abdulsalam

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:101

    Content type: Case report

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  47. Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is a rare congenital vascular anomaly. Permanent pacemaker implantation (PPI) in patients with PLSVC can be challenging because of the venous anomalies. We reported a...

    Authors: Teng Li, Qiong Xu, Hong-tao Liao, Dimitrios Asvestas, Konstantinos P. Letsas and Yifu Li

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:100

    Content type: Research article

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