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  1. Daily aerobic exercise such as healthy walking could have an immediate effect on parameters of arterial stiffness; however, there is little evidence in the diabetic population. Our aim, therefore, is to evalua...

    Authors: Rosario Alonso-Domínguez, José I. Recio-Rodríguez, Maria C. Patino-Alonso, Natalia Sánchez-Aguadero, Luis García-Ortiz and Manuel A. Gómez-Marcos

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:56

    Content type: Research article

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  2. We aimed to investigate the role of hypercoagulability on the risk of lifetime cardiovascular recurrences after myocardial infarction or ischaemic stroke.

    Authors: Alberto Maino, Ale Algra, Flora Peyvandi, Frits Richard Rosendaal and Bob Siegerink

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:55

    Content type: Research article

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  3. With the rising utilization of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs), infections secondary to device implantation are increasingly encountered. Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphyl...

    Authors: Jun Zhu, Qingluan Yang, Junjie Pan, Haiming Shi, Bo Jin and Qiying Chen

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:53

    Content type: Case report

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  4. Recently introduced fast strain-encoded (SENC) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging (fast-SENC) provides real-time acquisition of myocardial performance in a single heartbeat. We aimed to test the ability ...

    Authors: Tomas Lapinskas, Victoria Zieschang, Jennifer Erley, Lukas Stoiber, Bernhard Schnackenburg, Christian Stehning, Rolf Gebker, Amit R. Patel, Keigo Kawaji, Henning Steen, Remigijus Zaliunas, Sören J. Backhaus, Andreas Schuster, Marcus Makowski, Sorin Giusca, Grigorious Korosoglou…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:52

    Content type: Technical advance

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  5. To evaluate the impact of a rapid change in preferred treatment from clopidogrel to ticagrelor on the risk of ischemic stroke following acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

    Authors: Robin Henriksson, Anders Ulvenstam, Lars Söderström and Thomas Mooe

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:51

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Both nonthyroidal illness syndrome and renal dysfunction are associated with increased mortality risk in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, it is unclear whether combined NTIS and renal dysfunction fu...

    Authors: Jun-Wei Wang, Ying Ren, Zhi-Gang Lu, Jing Gao, Cui-Chun Zhao, Lian-Xi Li and Meng Wei

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:50

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Approximately 30–50% patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STMEI) were found to have non-infarct-related coronary artery (IRA) disease, which was significantly associated with worse p...

    Authors: Li-jie Wang, Shuo Han, Xiao-Hong Zhang and Yuan-Zhe Jin

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:49

    Content type: Research article

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  8. To increase cardiovascular disease prevention efforts, worksite interventions can promote healthy food choices, facilitate health education, increase physical activity and provide social support. This pioneer ...

    Authors: Archana Shrestha, Dipesh Tamrakar, Biraj Man Karmacharya, Abha Shrestha, Rajeev Shrestha, Rajendra Dev Bhatta, Prajjwal Pyakurel, Polyna Khudyakov, Vasanti Malik, Josiemer Mattei and Donna Spiegelman

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:48

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction has been shown to associate with increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to examine the predictors of AF in individuals with preclinical diastolic dysfunctio...

    Authors: Dan L. Li, Renato Quispe, Nidhi Madan, Lili Zhang and Cynthia C. Taub

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:47

    Content type: Research article

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  10. This study aimed to investigate whether age at complete repair of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) impacts postoperative morbidity and length of hospital stay in infants less than 365 days of age.

    Authors: Shihai Yang, Linlin Wen, Shuguang Tao, Jiangrong Gu, Jiangang Han, Junping Yao and Jianming Wang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:46

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Although numerous reports suggest sex-related differences in atherosclerosis, limited data describing gender-associated differences in plaque morphology and composition are currently available. The aim of the ...

    Authors: Jiangtian Tian, Xuedong Wang, Jinwei Tian and Bo Yu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:45

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The mechanically expandable Lotus Valve System is a fully repositionable and retrievable valve with an adaptive seal to minimize paravalvular leak (PVL). The aim of this study was to evaluate the short- and lo...

    Authors: Karolina Berntorp, Sasha Koul, Shahab Nozohoor, Jan Harnek, Henrik Bjursten and Matthias Götberg

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:44

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The Swedish healthcare system aims to provide equal access to care to all residents yet evidence suggests that patients with low socioeconomic status are less likely to receive new drugs. Associations between ...

    Authors: Venkatesh Kumar Gurusamy, Gunnar Brobert, Pareen Vora and Leif Friberg

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:43

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Although the link between elevated uric acid and metabolic syndrome has been reported in some studies; the relationship of serum uric acid (SUA) with lipid profile has not well studied or little is known so fa...

    Authors: Nurshad Ali, Sadaqur Rahman, Shiful Islam, Tangigul Haque, Noyan Hossain Molla, Abu Hasan Sumon, Rahanuma Raihanu Kathak, Md Asaduzzaman, Farjana Islam, Nayan Chandra Mohanto, Mohammad Abul Hasnat, Shaikh Mirja Nurunnabi and Shamim Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:42

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is an inherited myocardial disease characterized by fibrofatty replacement and ventricular arrhythmias. ARVC is believed to be a disease of the young, wit...

    Authors: Yusuke Adachi, Takekuni Hayashi, Takeshi Mitsuhashi, Kenichi Sakakura, Yoko Yamada, Yuko Wada, Minoru Horie, Shin-ichi Momomura and Hideo Fujita

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:41

    Content type: Case report

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  16. Structural remodeling is critical to the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). IGF1, insulin like growth factor 1, has been recognized as contributor to fibrosis. However, the roles and mecha...

    Authors: Jiangrong Wang, Zhan Li, Juanjuan Du, Jianhua Li, Yong Zhang, Jing Liu and Yinglong Hou

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:40

    Content type: Research article

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  17. The heterogeneity of risk in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) is acknowledged in new guidelines promulgating different treatment recommendations for diabetics at low cardiac risk. We performed a retrospect...

    Authors: Junjie Yang, Guanhua Dou, Christian Tesche, Carlo N. De Cecco, Brian E. Jacobs, U. Joseph Schoepf and Yundai Chen

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:39

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Atrial fibrillation (AF) patients are routinely prescribed medications to prevent and treat complications, including those from common co-occurring comorbidities. However, adherence to such medications may be ...

    Authors: Stephanie R. Reading, Mary Helen Black, Daniel E. Singer, Alan S. Go, Margaret C. Fang, Natalia Udaltsova, Teresa N. Harrison, Rong X. Wei, In-Lu Amy Liu and Kristi Reynolds

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:38

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Interatrial block (IAB) is an ECG indicator of atrial fibrosis related to atrial remodeling and thrombus formation thus leading to embolic stroke and increasing mortality. We aimed to assess weather IAB predic...

    Authors: M. A. Baturova, A. Lindgren, Y. V. Shubik, J. Carlson and P. G. Platonov

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:37

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has been associated with contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) at a rate that varies depending on the patient’s risk factors. This study was conducted to evaluate the pred...

    Authors: Zheng-rong Xu, Jun Chen, Yuan-hui Liu, Yong Liu and Ning Tan

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:36

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Authors: Uma Chandrasekaran, Daniel Burkhoff, Kiyotake Ishikawa, Lija Swain, Kenji Sunagawa, Jacob Møller, Carlos Santos-Gallego, Shiva Annamalai, James Udelson, Ralf Westenfeld, Navin Kapur, Xiaoying Qiao, Julian Wiora, Andreas Schäfer, Alexander Bernhardt, Ajar Kochar…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19(Suppl 2):27

    Content type: Meeting Report

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 19 Supplement 2

  22. Previous studies have found a connection between left coronary artery dominance and worse prognoses in patient with acute coronary syndrome, which remains a predominant cause of morbidity and mortality globall...

    Authors: Li Wang, Jiamei Li, Ya Gao, Ruohan Li, Jingjing Zhang, Dan Su, Tao Wang, Guang Yang and Xiaochuang Wang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:35

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The aim of this study is to investigate if IL8 levels were associated with incident cardiovascular (CV) events (CVE) and mortality (all-cause, CV, and cancer) in a cohort of 60 years old men and women from Sto...

    Authors: Ilais Moreno Velásquez, Ashwini Gajulapuri, Karin Leander, Anita Berglund, Ulf de Faire and Bruna Gigante

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:34

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Heart failure (HF) is a major chronic illness and results in high morbidity and mortality. The most frequent cause of HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFREF) is coronary artery disease (CAD). Although revasc...

    Authors: L. Pleva, P. Kukla, K. Vítková and V. Procházka

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:32

    Content type: Study protocol

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  25. Protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs) can catalyse the methylation of arginine and participate in many important cellular reaction processes. The purpose of this research is to determine whether the expr...

    Authors: Buchuan Tan, Qian Liu, Liping Yang, Yushuang Yang, Dongna Liu, Long Liu and Fanbo Meng

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:31

    Content type: Research article

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  26. This study aimed to assess the trends in the prevalence of electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities from 1986 to 2015 and impact of ECG abnormalities on risk of death from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in the ...

    Authors: Abdonas Tamosiunas, Janina Petkeviciene, Ricardas Radisauskas, Gailute Bernotiene, Dalia Luksiene, Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, Irena Milvidaitė and Dalia Virviciute

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:30

    Content type: Research article

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  27. To determine the prevalence of hypertension treatment and control among hypertensive patients in the Cuban municipalities of Cardenas and Santiago and to explore the main associated predictors.

    Authors: Esteban Londoño Agudelo, Armando Rodríguez Salvá, Addys Díaz Piñera, René García Roche, Pol De Vos, Tullia Battaglioli and Patrick Van der Stuyft

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:29

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Obstructive coronary artery disease is found in approximately 97% of patients presenting with ST-elevation myocardial infarction and 92% of patients with non ST-elevation myocardial infarction (Bainey KR, Wels...

    Authors: M. Piels, T. Faes and J. Vainer

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:28

    Content type: Case report

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:70

  29. The aim of our study was the identification of genetic variants associated with postoperative complications after cardiac surgery.

    Authors: Sabine Westphal, Christian Stoppe, Matthias Gruenewald, Berthold Bein, Jochen Renner, Jochen Cremer, Mark Coburn, Gereon Schaelte, Andreas Boening, Bernd Niemann, Frank Kletzin, Jan Roesner, Ulrich Strouhal, Christian Reyher, Rita Laufenberg-Feldmann, Marion Ferner…

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:26

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a prevalent risk factor for coronary artery disease progression. Past studies have shown that MetS and its components tends to increase mortality after coronary artery bypass graft...

    Authors: Shuangkun Chen, Jiahui Li, Qianzhen Li, Zhihuang Qiu, Xijie Wu and Liangwan Chen

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:25

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported his name has erroneously spelled as Abishek Shetye. The correct name is Abhishek Shetye.

    Authors: Gaurav S. Gulsin, Abhishek Shetye, Jeffrey Khoo, Daniel J. Swarbrick, Eylem Levelt, Florence Y. Lai, Iain B. Squire, Jayanth R. Arnold and Gerry P. McCann

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:24

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:98

  32. Studies have shown that patients who undergo trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) have high rates of hospital readmission. Our objectives were to identify the causes of readmission after TAVR, determ...

    Authors: Andrew Czarnecki, Peter C. Austin, Stephen E. Fremes, Jack V. Tu, Harindra C. Wijeysundera and Dennis T. Ko

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:23

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Data on bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) for the treatment of long lesions are limited. We studied the use of BVS-Absorb in routine clinical practice and compared the outcome of long lesions with short l...

    Authors: Christine Reichart, Jochen Wöhrle, Sinisa Markovic, Wolfgang Rottbauer and Julia Seeger

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:22

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  34. Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute febrile childhood systemic vasculitis that disturbs coronary arteries. The pathogenesis remains unknown. The study of phosphorylated proteins helps to elucidate the relevant p...

    Authors: Shui-Ming Li, Wan-Ting Liu, Fang Yang, Qi-Jian Yi, Shuai Zhang and Hong-Ling Jia

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:21

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure (HF) often coexist. Moreover, elderly patients suffering from HF have a higher incidence of COPD, which further complicates their clinical conditi...

    Authors: Eugenio Roberto Cosentino, Matteo Landolfo, Crescenzio Bentivenga, Luca Spinardi, Daniela Degli Esposti, Arrigo Francesco Cicero, Rinaldo Miceli, Virna Bui, Emanuela Berardi and Claudio Borghi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:20

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Coronary artery disease accelerates heart failure progression, leading to poor prognosis and a substantial increase in morbidity and mortality. This study was aimed to assess the impact of coronary artery dise...

    Authors: Qi Zhao, Li Wang, Paul A. Kurlansky, Jeff Schein, Onur Baser and Jeffrey S. Berger

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:19

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Previous randomized controlled trials (RCT)s showed similar outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) treated with anti-arrhythmic drugs (AAD) ...

    Authors: Ahmed AlTurki, Riccardo Proietti, Ahmed Dawas, Hasan Alturki, Thao Huynh and Vidal Essebag

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:18

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is often asymptomatic but increases the risk of developing cardiovascular events. Due to the uncertainties regarding the quality of related guidelines and a lack of clear-cut ev...

    Authors: Qinchang Chen, Lingling Li, Qingui Chen, Xixia Lin, Yonghui Li, Kai Huang and Chen Yao

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:17

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a myocardial disease. However, the coexistence of HCM with muscular ventricular septal defect (VSD), especially those with both incomplete spontaneous closure and coronary ...

    Authors: Guang-mei Zheng, Jiao Bai, Jun-ming Tang, Fang-cheng Zhu and Hong-xia Jing

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:16

    Content type: Case report

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  40. LV systolic dysfunction presents an elevated risk of thromboembolism. Previous studies demonstrated low left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), ischemic cardiomyopathy and increased myocardial scarring as i...

    Authors: Yodying Kaolawanich and Thananya Boonyasirinant

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:15

    Content type: Research article

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  41. In the standard ECG display, limb leads are presented in a non-anatomical sequence: I, II, III, aVR, aVL, aVF. The Cabrera system is a display format which instead presents the limb leads in a cranial/left-to-...

    Authors: T. Lindow, Y. Birnbaum, K. Nikus, A. Maan, U. Ekelund and O. Pahlm

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:13

    Content type: Debate

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  42. Percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) of bifurcation lesions is technically challenging and associated with lower success rates and higher frequency of adverse outcomes. In the present study, we aimed to e...

    Authors: Wenduo Zhang, Fusui Ji, Xue Yu and Xinyue Wang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:12

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Our objectives were to critically appraise and summarise the current evidence for the effectiveness of using cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk scoring (total risk assessment - TRA) in routine risk assessment i...

    Authors: Krzysztof Studziński, Tomasz Tomasik, Janusz Krzysztoń, Jacek Jóźwiak and Adam Windak

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:11

    Content type: Research article

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  44. High-dose steroids and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) are controversial treatments for pediatric patients with acute myocarditis. This study aimed to investigate their efficacies in the Taiwanese pediatric ...

    Authors: Ming-Shyan Lin, Yu-Hsiang Tseng, Mei-Yen Chen, Chang-Min Chung, Ming-Horng Tsai, Po-Chang Wang, Jung-Jung Chang, Tien-Hsing Chen and Yu-Sheng Lin

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:10

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is a brief ventricular dysfunction that usually occurs after emotional or physical stress. Here, we report a patient who underwent cardiac surgery and then developed TCM during t...

    Authors: Jia-Hui Zeng, Wei Li, Feng-Juan Yao, Dong-Hong Liu, Cui-Ling Li, Yan-Qiu Liu, Rui Fan, Min Ye and Hong Lin

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:9

    Content type: Case report

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  46. According to several studies in population of high-income countries (HIC), patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) have a considerably higher risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, it is ...

    Authors: Pablo Miranda-Machado, Fernando Salcedo-Mejía, Justo Paz Wilches, Juan Fernandez-Mercado, Fernando De la Hoz-Restrepo and Nelson Alvis-Guzmán

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:8

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Advances in the medical and surgical management of Tetralogy of Fallot have led to marked increase of the number and age of survivors. Imaging in patients with Tetralogy of Fallot plays a crucial role in the d...

    Authors: Sotiria C. Apostolopoulou, Athanassios Manginas, Nikolaos L. Kelekis and Michel Noutsias

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:7

    Content type: Review

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  48. Previous studies revealed a high rate of abnormal exercise test (ET) results in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in asymptomatic athletes. The physiological background of this phenomeno...

    Authors: Danny A. J. P. van de Sande, Jan Hoogsteen, Pieter A. Doevendans and Hareld M. C. Kemps

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2019 19:6

    Content type: Research article

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