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  1. Content type: Study protocol

    The optimal management of chronic severe primary degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR) is to repair the valve but identification of the optimal timing of surgery remains challenging. Current guidelines sugges...

    Authors: Boyang Liu, Nicola C. Edwards, Desley A. H. Neal, Christopher Weston, Gerard Nash, Nicolas Nikolaidis, Thomas Barker, Ramesh Patel, Moninder Bhabra and Richard P. Steeds

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:282

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) without obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) are often managed differently than those with obstructive CAD, therefore we aimed in this...

    Authors: Karam Sadoon Alzuhairi, Peter Søgaard, Jan Ravkilde, Aziza Azimi, Michael Mæng, Lisette Okkels Jensen and Christian Torp-Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:279

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  3. Content type: Case report

    Percutaneous coronary interventions of chronic total occlusion represent one of the most challenging issues in interventional cardiology. A Caucasian patient with dextrocardia presented with an in-stent chroni...

    Authors: Johannes Wild, Tommaso Gori, Thomas Münzel and Philip Wenzel

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:281

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Breath acetone is a noninvasive biomarker of heart failure; however, its significance in heart failure patients with diabetes mellitus has yet to be clarified. The objective of this study is to investigate whe...

    Authors: Tetsuro Yokokawa, Takamasa Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Masayoshi Oikawa, Akiomi Yoshihisa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Takayoshi Yamaki, Hiroyuki Kunii, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Hitoshi Suzuki, Shu-ichi Saitoh, Takafumi Ishida, Akito Shimouchi and Yasuchika Takeishi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:280

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative effects. The aim of the study was to evaluate long-term effects of ARBs on morphologic characteristics of stent r...

    Authors: Jae Young Cho, Soon Jun Hong and Do-Sun Lim

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:278

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  6. Content type: Case report

    Population based studies showed an association of early repolarization in the electrocardiogram (ECG) and a higher rate of sudden cardiac death presumably due to ventricular fibrillation. The triggers for vent...

    Authors: Patrick Badertscher, Michael Kuehne, Beat Schaer, Christian Sticherling, Stefan Osswald and Tobias Reichlin

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:277

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  7. Content type: Research article

    While data from primary care suggest an insufficient control of vascular risk factors, little is known about vascular risk factor control in the general population. We therefore aimed to investigate the adopti...

    Authors: Theresa Tiffe, Martin Wagner, Viktoria Rücker, Caroline Morbach, Götz Gelbrich, Stefan Störk and Peter U. Heuschmann

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:276

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Available cardiac surgery risk scores have not been validated in octogenarians. Our objective was to compare the predictive ability of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) score, EuroSCORE I, and EuroSCORE I...

    Authors: Jessica G. Y. Luc, Michelle M. Graham, Colleen M. Norris, Sadek Al Shouli, Yugmel S. Nijjar and Steven R. Meyer

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:275

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Vitamin D status may influence heart failure (HF) patient outcomes by affecting b-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), parathyroid hormone (PTH), and enhancing cardiac contractility. Vitamin D deficiency is associa...

    Authors: Heidi D. Moretti, Vincent J. Colucci and Bradley D. Berry

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:274

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Atherosclerosis is associated with disturbed blood flow characterized by low and oscillatory shear stress (SS), however, few study directly links SS to neointimal hyperplasia in animal model. This study was fo...

    Authors: Jinxue Liu, Yucheng Peng, Junxing Lai, Weidong Gao, Anjian Song and Gaoxing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:273

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Myocardial apoptosis is closely related to myocardial injury caused by coronary microembolization (CME).Nuclear factor erythroid 2-like (Nrf2) has been taken into account as an inhibitor of apoptosis in variou...

    Authors: Jiabao Liang, Lang Li, Yuhan Sun, Wenkai He, Xiantao Wang and Qiang Su

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:272

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  12. Content type: Research article

    While specific patterns of circulating dendritic cells (DCs) and monocytes are associated with the incidence of coronary artery disease, the characterization of circulating DC and monocyte subsets in patients ...

    Authors: Jianhui Zhuang, Yang Han, Dachun Xu, Guofu Zhu, Shekhar Singh, Luoman Chen, Mengyun Zhu, Wei Chen, Yawei Xu and Xiankai Li

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:270

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Ideal cardiovascular health (CVH) is related to a low cardiovascular disease risk profile. This study aimed to investigate CVH metrics with both the biomarkers and markers of subclinical impairments of cardiov...

    Authors: Ya-Qin Wang, Chang-Fa Wang, Ling Zhu, Hong Yuan, Liu-Xin Wu and Zhi-Heng Chen

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:269

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The NR4A3 orphan nuclear hormone receptor, NOR1, functions as a constitutively active transcription factor to regulate inflammation, proliferation, and cell survival during pathological vascular remodeling. In...

    Authors: Hua Qing, Karrie L. Jones, Elizabeth B. Heywood, Hong Lu, Alan Daugherty and Dennis Bruemmer

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:271

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire (MLHFQ) is the most widely used measure of quality of life (QoL) in HF patients. This prospective study aimed to assess the relationship between QoL and ex...

    Authors: Artan Ahmeti, Michael Y. Henein, Pranvera Ibrahimi, Shpend Elezi, Edmond Haliti, Afrim Poniku, Arlind Batalli and Gani Bajraktari

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:268

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Tachyarrhythmia (TA) and bradyarrhythmia (BA) are cardiac rhythm disorders that result in the decline of quality of life. While patients with periodontitis are at a high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), l...

    Authors: Norio Aoyama, Jun-ichi Suzuki, Naho Kobayashi, Tomoya Hanatani, Norihiko Ashigaki, Asuka Yoshida, Yuka Shiheido, Hiroki Sato, Hidetoshi Kumagai, Yuichi Ikeda, Hiroshi Akazawa, Issei Komuro, Masato Minabe, Yuichi Izumi and Mitsuaki Isobe

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:267

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  17. Content type: Case report

    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is a form of stress-induced cardiomyopathy featured by the dilatation of the apex of the left ventricle during systole. Whereas the pathogenesis of this disorder is not well unde...

    Authors: Chen-Yu C. Guo and Nan-Sung Chou

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:266

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  18. Content type: Case report

    Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are capable of effectively terminating malignant ventricular arrhythmia and are the most effective way to prevent sudden cardiac death. However, some evidences dem...

    Authors: Ye Zhu, Xiang Gu and Chao Xu

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:265

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  19. Content type: Research article

    One of the most important challenges in public health is to improve the quality of life in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Depression, self-care capacity, and quality of life interact each other in ...

    Authors: Qiong Wang, Lini Dong, Zaijin Jian and Xianghua Tang

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:262

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a genetic disorder with a high risk of developing premature coronary artery disease that should be diagnosed as early as possible. Several clinical diagnostic criteria fo...

    Authors: Suraya Abdul-Razak, Radzi Rahmat, Alicezah Mohd Kasim, Thuhairah Abdul Rahman, Suhaila Muid, Nadzimah Mohd Nasir, Zubin Ibrahim, Sazzli Kasim, Zaliha Ismail, Rohana Abdul Ghani, Abdul Rais Sanusi, Azhari Rosman and Hapizah Nawawi

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:264

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  21. Content type: Case report

    Non-compaction cardiomyopathy (NCCM) is characterized by prominent trabeculations, deep intertrabecular recesses, and a thick non-compacted endocardial myocardium. Prevalence in the general population remains ...

    Authors: Gustav Mattsson, Abdullah Baroudi, Hoshmand Tawfiq and Peter Magnusson

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:263

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Novel anticoagulations (NOACs) are increasingly prescribed for the prevention of stroke in premenopausal women with atrial fibrillation. Small studies suggest NOACs are associated with a higher risk of abnorma...

    Authors: Herbert J. A. Rolden, Angela H. E. M. Maas, Gert Jan van der Wilt and Janneke P. C. Grutters

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:260

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) carries a risk of sudden death. We aimed to assess whether vectorcardiographic (VCG) parameters directed toward the right heart and a measured...

    Authors: Daniel Cortez, Anneli Svensson, Jonas Carlson, Sharon Graw, Nandita Sharma, Francesca Brun, Anita Spezzacatene, Luisa Mestroni and Pyotr G. Platonov

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:261

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    There is an increasing trend towards shorter hospital stays after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), in particular for patients undergoing the procedure via transfemoral (TF) access. Preliminary d...

    Authors: Marco Barbanti, Jan Baan, Mark S. Spence, Fortunato Iacovelli, Gian Luca Martinelli, Francesco Saia, Alessandro Santo Bortone, Frank van der Kley, Douglas F. Muir, Cameron G. Densem, Marije Vis, Martijn S. van Mourik, Lenka Seilerova, Claudia M. Lüske, Peter Bramlage and Corrado Tamburino

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:259

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein (A-FABP) is expressed in both adipocytes and macrophages. Recent studies have shown that A-FABP is secreted by adipocytes and that the A-FABP concentration is associated wi...

    Authors: Wataru Takagi, Toru Miyoshi, Masayuki Doi, Keisuke Okawa, Kazumasa Nosaka, Tomoyuki Nishibe, Naoaki Matsuo, Satoshi Hirohata and Hiroshi Ito

    Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2017 17:258

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