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  1. Research article

    Patients with symptoms and characteristics consistent with obstructive sleep apnea are at a higher risk for acute and subacute stent thrombosis after percutaneous coronary stent implantation: a single-center case–control study

    To determine if obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a risk factor for early stent thrombosis (EST; within 30 days) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

    Yanhua Li, Shanshan Yang, Si Chen, Xinhong Guo and Yundai Chen

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:226

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Evaluation of therapy management and outcome in Takotsubo syndrome

    To date there is no validated evidence for standardized treatment of patients with Takotsubo syndrome (TTS). Medication therapy after final TTS diagnosis remains unclear. Previous data on patient outcome is am...

    Nadine Abanador-Kamper, Lars Kamper, Judith Wolfertz, Witali Pomjanski, Anamaria Wolf-Pütz and Melchior Seyfarth

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:225

    Published on: 17 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Left ventricular contractile reserve by stress echocardiography as a predictor of response to cardiac resynchronization therapy in heart failure: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    The presence of left ventricular contractile reserve (LVCR) during stress echo (SE) may provide favorable response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in heart failure patients. The aim of the study was...

    Quirino Ciampi, Clara Carpeggiani, Claudio Michelassi, Bruno Villari and Eugenio Picano

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:223

    Published on: 16 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Predicted impact of lipid lowering therapy on cardiovascular and economic outcomes of Swedish atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease guideline

    The effects on cardiovascular disease (CVD) by treatment recommendations on prevention of atherosclerotic CVD remain to be evaluated. The objectives were to assess treatment gap for low density lipoprotein cho...

    Gunilla Journath, Kristina Hambraeus, Emil Hagström, Billie Pettersson and Mickael Löthgren

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:224

    Published on: 16 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Polymer-free dual drug-eluting stents evaluated in a porcine model

    Although drug-eluting stents have dramatically reduced the rates of restenosis and target lesion revascularization, they are associated with stent thrombosis (ST), a catastrophic event likely due to delayed en...

    Bin Zhang, Bo Zheng, Xingang Wang, Qiuping Shi, Jia Jia, Yong Huo, Chunshui Pan, Jingyan Han and Ming Chen

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:222

    Published on: 15 August 2017

  6. Research article

    Integrative and quantitive evaluation of the efficacy of his bundle related pacing in comparison with conventional right ventricular pacing: a meta-analysis

    Long-term RVP could bring adverse problems to cardiac electro-mechanics and result in inter- and intra-ventricular asynchrony, impaired labor force, and aggravation of cardiac function. HBRP including direct H...

    Ziqing Yu, Ruizhen Chen, Yangang Su, Xueying Chen, Shengmei Qin, Minghui Li, Fei Han and Junbo Ge

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:221

    Published on: 11 August 2017

  7. Research article

    In-vitro examination of the positive inotropic effect of caffeine and taurine, the two most frequent active ingredients of energy drinks

    Our study aimed to evaluate changes in the contractile behavior of human myocardium after exposure to caffeine and taurine, the main active ingredients of energy drinks (EDs), and to evaluate whether taurine e...

    R. Chaban, A. Kornberger, N. Branski, K. Buschmann, N. Stumpf, A. Beiras-Fernandez and C.F. Vahl

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:220

    Published on: 10 August 2017

  8. Research article

    Left ventricular longitudinal function assessment in rabbits after acute occlusion of left anterior descending coronary artery by two-dimensional speckle tracking imaging

    To evaluate the left ventricular (LV) longitudinal function changes in rabbits after acute occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) by two-dimensional speckle tracking imaging (2D–STI).

    Jun Huang, Zi-Ning Yan, Li Fan, Yi-Fei Rui and Xiang-Ting Song

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:219

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  9. Research article

    Effect of increased left ventricle mass on ischemia assessment in electrocardiographic signals: rabbit isolated heart study

    Detailed quantitative analysis of the effect of left ventricle (LV) hypertrophy on myocardial ischemia manifestation in ECG is still missing. The associations between both phenomena can be studied in animal mo...

    Marina Ronzhina, Veronika Olejnickova, Tibor Stracina, Marie Novakova, Oto Janousek, Jakub Hejc, Jana Kolarova, Miroslava Hlavacova and Hana Paulova

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:216

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  10. Research article

    Prognostic value of short-term follow-up BNP in hospitalized patients with heart failure

    B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) has prognostic significance in heart failure (HF), and reductions in BNP may predict clinical improvement. However, there are limited data regarding the prognostic value of BNP...

    Sayma Sabrina Khanam, Jung-Woo Son, Jun-Won Lee, Young Jin Youn, Junghan Yoon, Seung-Hwan Lee, Jang-Young Kim, Sung Gyun Ahn, Min-Soo Ahn and Byung-Su Yoo

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:215

    Published on: 3 August 2017

  11. Research article

    The cost-utility of point-of-care troponin testing to diagnose acute coronary syndrome in primary care

    The added value of using a point-of-care (POC) troponin test in primary care to rule out acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is debated because test sensitivity is inadequate early after symptom onset. This study in...

    Michelle M. A. Kip, Hendrik Koffijberg, Marco J. Moesker, Maarten J. IJzerman and Ron Kusters

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:213

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  12. Research article

    Left ventricular systolic function changes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients detected by the strain of different myocardium layers and longitudinal rotation

    Impairment of left ventricular (LV) longitudinal function has an important role in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This research investigated an association between the longitudinal strain of different myoc...

    Jun Huang, Zi-Ning Yan, Li Fan, Yi-Fei Rui and Xiang-Ting Song

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:214

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  13. Research article

    Antithrombotic treatment during coronary angioplasty after failed thrombolysis: strategies and prognostic implications. Results of the RESPIRE registry

    Thrombolysis is still used when primary angioplasty is delayed for a long time, but 25%–30% of patients require rescue angioplasty (RA). There are no established recommendations for antithrombotic management i...

    José M. De la Torre Hernández, Mario Sadaba Sagredo, Miren Telleria Arrieta, Federico Gimeno de Carlos, Elena Sanchez Lacuesta, Juan A. Bullones Ramírez, Javier Pineda Rocamora, Victoria Martin Yuste, Tamara Garcia Camarero, Mariano Larman and Jose R. Rumoroso

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:212

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  14. Debate

    Surface ECG interatrial block-guided treatment for stroke prevention: rationale for an attractive hypothesis

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with stroke, cognitive impairment, and cardiovascular death. Some predisposing factors − as aging, diabetes, hypertension − in...

    Antoni Bayés de Luna, Manuel Martínez-Sellés, Antoni Bayés-Genís, Roberto Elosua and Adrian Baranchuk

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:211

    Published on: 31 July 2017

  15. Research article

    Longitudinal shortening remains the principal component of left ventricular pumping in patients with chronic myocardial infarction even when the absolute atrioventricular plane displacement is decreased

    The majority (60%) of left ventricular (LV) stroke volume (SV) is generated by longitudinal shortening causing apical atrioventricular plane displacement (AVPD) in systole. The remaining SV is caused by radial...

    Daniel Asgeirsson, Erik Hedström, Jonas Jögi, Ulrika Pahlm, Katarina Steding-Ehrenborg, Henrik Engblom, Håkan Arheden and Marcus Carlsson

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:208

    Published on: 28 July 2017

  16. Research article

    Are women with type 2 diabetes mellitus more susceptible to cardiovascular complications following coronary angioplasty?: a meta-analysis

    Scientific reports have shown Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) to be independently associated with adverse outcomes following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). However, gender difference has also often ...

    Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Manish Pursun and Feng Huang

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:207

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  17. Research article

    A comparison of the real world effectiveness of catheter ablation and drug therapy in atrial fibrillation patients in a Chinese setting

    Studies have demonstrated that catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is associated with better rhythm control than drug therapy. The present study aimed to assess the clinical outcomes and health-related qu...

    Xin Du, Lizhu Guo, Xiaonan He, Yu Jia, Jiahui Wu, Deyong Long, Ronghui Yu, Caihua Sang, Xiaohui Liu, Hongjun Yin, Jianwei Xuan, Jianzeng Dong and Changsheng Ma

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:204

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  18. Study protocol

    An exploratory study on the efficacy and safety of a BCAA preparation used in combination with cardiac rehabilitation for patients with chronic heart failure

    Sarcopenia is generally complicated with patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and its presence negatively affects the course of heart failure, however effective nutritional intervention had not been eluci...

    Munenori Takata, Eisuke Amiya, Masafumi Watanabe, Yumiko Hosoya, Atsuko Nakayama, Takayuki Fujiwara, Masanobu Taya, Gaku Oguri, Kanako Hyodo, Naoko Takayama, Nami Takano, Tomoe Mashiko, Yukari Uemura and Issei Komuro

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:205

    Published on: 27 July 2017

  19. Research article

    Acute coronary syndrome and acute kidney injury: role of inflammation in worsening renal function

    Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), a common complication of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), is associated with higher mortality and longer hospital stays. The role of cytokines and other mediators is unknown in AKI in...

    Jorge Ortega-Hernández, Rashidi Springall, Fausto Sánchez-Muñoz, Julio-C. Arana-Martinez, Héctor González-Pacheco and Rafael Bojalil

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:202

    Published on: 26 July 2017

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