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  1. Content type: Research

    In patients with left ventricular (LV) dysssynchrony, contraction that doesn’t fall into ejection period (LVEj) results in a waste of energy due to inappropriate contraction timing, which was now widely treate...

    Authors: Zibire Fulati, Yang Liu, Ning Sun, Yu Kang, Yangang Su, Haiyan Chen and Xianhong Shu

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:30

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    2D strain imaging of the left atrium (LA) is a new echocardiographic method which allows us to determine contractile, conduit and reservoir functions separately. This method is particularly useful when changes...

    Authors: Jonas Jarasunas, Audrius Aidietis and Sigita Aidietiene

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:29

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    Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) is the most common cyanotic congenital heart disease and the population of ToF repair survivors is growing rapidly. Adults with repaired ToF develop late complications. The aim of thi...

    Authors: Natalia Dłużniewska, Piotr Podolec, Maciej Skubera, Monika Smaś-Suska, Jacek Pająk, Małgorzata Urbańczyk-Zawadzka, Wojciech Płazak, Maria Olszowska and Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pająk

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:28

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  4. Content type: Research

    Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) is a new therapeutic option for high surgical risk patients with mitral regurgitation (MR). Mitral valve (MV) geometry quantification is of paramount importance fo...

    Authors: Patrizia Aruta, Denisa Muraru, Andrada Camelia Guta, Sorina Mihaila, Niccolò Ruozi, Chiara Palermo, Basma Elnagar, Sabino Iliceto and Luigi P. Badano

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:27

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  5. Content type: Research

    Relationship between carotid and coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients undergoing invasive and non-invasive test is unclear. The aim of the study is to evaluate whether carotid disease is associated with C...

    Authors: Raúl Franco-Gutiérrez, Alberto José Pérez-Pérez, Virginia Franco-Gutiérrez, Ana María Testa-Fernández, Rafael Carlos Vidal-Pérez, Manuel Lorenzo López-Reboiro, Víctor Manuel Puebla-Rojo, Melisa Santás-Álvarez, María Generosa Crespo-Leiro and Carlos González-Juanatey

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:26

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  6. Content type: Review

    The detection of regional wall motion abnormalities is the cornerstone of stress echocardiography. Today, stress echo shows increasing trends of utilization due to growing concerns for radiation risk, higher c...

    Authors: Eugenio Picano, Quirino Ciampi, Karina Wierzbowska-Drabik, Mădălina-Loredana Urluescu, Doralisa Morrone and Clara Carpeggiani

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:22

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  7. Content type: Research

    Some patients with congestive heart failure have greater improvement of cardiac remodelling after cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) and they are identified as super-responders (SRs). It remains unclear i...

    Authors: V. A. Kuznetsov, A. M. Soldatova, J. D. Kasprzak, D. V. Krinochkin and N. N. Melnikov

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:24

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  8. Content type: Research

    Conventional echocardiography is not sensitive enough to assess left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients. This research attempts to find a new ultrasonic technology to be...

    Authors: Xin Huang, Yan Yue, Yinmeng Wang, Yujiao Deng, Lu Liu, Yanqi Di, Shasha Sun, Deyou Chen, Li Fan and Jian Cao

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:23

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  9. Content type: Research

    Non-invasive imaging tests are widely used in the evaluation of stable angina pectoris (SAP). Despite these tests, non-significant coronary lesions are not a rare finding in patients undergoing elective corona...

    Authors: Mustafa Adem Yılmaztepe and Fatih Mehmet Uçar

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:25

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    The effectiveness trial “Stress echo (SE) 2020” evaluates novel applications of SE in and beyond coronary artery disease. The core protocol also includes 4-site simplified scan of B-lines by lung ultrasound, u...

    Authors: Maria Chiara Scali, Quirino Ciampi, Eugenio Picano, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Ferrara, Rodolfo Citro, Paolo Colonna, Marco Fabio Costantino, Lauro Cortigiani, Antonello D’. Andrea, Sergio Severino, Claudio Dodi, Nicola Gaibazzi, Maurizio Galderisi, Andrea Barbieri, Ines Monte…

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:20

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia worldwide. Nowadays, AF ablation is a valuable treatment option. It has been shown that the left atrium (LA) diameter is a predictor of AF recurrence afte...

    Authors: Andreea Motoc, Juan-Pablo Abugattas, Bram Roosens, Esther Scheirlynck, Benedicte Heyndrickx, Carlo de Asmundis, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Steven Droogmans and Bernard Cosyns

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:19

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    Interactions between the left ventricular (LV) and the arterial system, (ventricular-arterial coupling) are key determinants of cardiovascular function. However, most of studies covered multiple cardiovascular...

    Authors: Jing Zhang, Philip J. Chowienczyk, Tim D. Spector and Benyu Jiang

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:21

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  13. Content type: Research

    Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) results from the combined action of longitudinal and circumferential contraction, radial thickening, and basal and apical rotation. The study of these parameters toget...

    Authors: Vicente Mora, Ildefonso Roldán, Elena Romero, Diana Romero, Javier Bertolín, Natalia Ugalde, Carmen Pérez-Olivares, Melisa Rodriguez-Israel, Jana Pérez-Gozalbo and Jorge A. Lowenstein

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:16

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    Advanced atrial fibrillation (AF) patients have persistent AF, failed previous catheter ablation and/or an enlarged left atrium (LA), which is associated with a reduced success of AF ablation. Transthoracic ec...

    Authors: Nicoline W. E. van den Berg, Dean R. P. P. Chan Pin Yin, Wouter R. Berger, Jolien Neefs, Rianne H. A. C. M. De Bruin-Bon, Henk A. Marquering, Annelie Slaar, R. Nils Planken and Joris R. de Groot

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:17

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  15. Content type: Research

    Transcranial Doppler ultrasound remains the only imaging modality that is capable of real-time measurements of blood flow velocity and microembolic signals in the cerebral circulation. We here assessed the rep...

    Authors: Jakub Kaczynski, Rachel Home, Karen Shields, Matthew Walters, William Whiteley, Joanna Wardlaw and David E. Newby

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:15

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  16. Content type: Research

    The purpose of this study was to determine the ideal timing for providers to perform point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) with the least increase in workload.

    Authors: Courtney E. Bennett, Sandhya Samavedam, Namita Jayaprakash, Alexander Kogan, Ognjen Gajic and Hiroshi Sekiguchi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:14

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  17. Content type: Research

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) can result in atrial functional mitral regurgitation (MR), but the mechanism remains controversial. Few data about the relationship between the 3-dimensional morphology of the MV and t...

    Authors: Tao Cong, Jinping Gu, Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Zhijuan Shang, Yinghui Sun, Qiaobing Sun, Hong Wei, Na Chen, Siyao Sun and Tingting Fu

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:13

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  18. Content type: Research

    The tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) is commonly recommended for estimating the right ventricular systolic function. The central venous pressure (CVP), which is determined by venous return an...

    Authors: Hongmin Zhang, Xiaoting Wang, Xiukai Chen, Qing Zhang and Dawei Liu

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:11

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  19. Content type: Research

    The study presents a prospective follow-up assessment of cardiovascular (CV) risk parameters in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in comparison with control subjects.

    Authors: Bożena Targońska-Stępniak, Mariusz Piotrowski, Robert Zwolak, Anna Drelich-Zbroja and Maria Majdan

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:18

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  20. Content type: Research

    There are numerous studies in the cardiovascular literature that have employed transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in swine models, but data regarding the use of basic TEE in swine models is limited. The pr...

    Authors: William A. Teeter, Bianca M. Conti, Phil J. Wasicek, Jonathan J. Morrison, Dawn Parsell, Bryan Gamble, Melanie R. Hoehn, Thomas M. Scalea and Samuel M. Galvagno Jr

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:12

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  21. Content type: Technical notes

    The assessment of ventricular volumes using conventional echocardiography methods is limited with regards to the need of geometrical assumptions. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate a novel commercial s...

    Authors: Jana Grune, Annelie Blumrich, Sarah Brix, Sarah Jeuthe, Cathleen Drescher, Tilman Grune, Anna Foryst-Ludwig, Daniel Messroghli, Wolfgang M. Kuebler, Christiane Ott and Ulrich Kintscher

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:10

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  22. Content type: Research

    Patients who underwent a successful repair of the aortic coarctation (CoA) show high risk for cardiovascular (CV) events. Mechanical and structural abnormalities in the ascending aorta (Ao) might have a role i...

    Authors: Giorgio Faganello, Giovanni Cioffi, Maurizio Rossini, Federica Ognibeni, Alessandro Giollo, Maurizio Fisicaro, Giulia Russo, Concetta Di Nora, Sara Doimo, Luigi Tarantini, Carmine Mazzone, Antonella Cherubini, Biancamaria D’Agata Mottolesi, Claudio Pandullo, Andrea Di Lenarda, Gianfranco Sinagra…

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:9

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  23. Content type: Research

    Carotid intima media thickness (C-IMT) and aortic IMT (A-IMT) increase in adult and pediatric patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), respectively. In both age groups IMT is used for early detection of macrovasc...

    Authors: Ayse Selcan Koc and Hilmi Erdem Sumbul

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:8

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  24. Content type: Research

    Little is known about the echocardiographic characteristics of primary malignant pericardial mesothelioma (PPM) due to its rarity. The aim of this study was to explore the sex-specific echocardiographic patter...

    Authors: Lingyun Kong, Ziwang Li, Jingrui Wang and Xiuzhang Lv

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:7

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  25. Content type: How I do it article

    Stress echocardiography (SE) has recently regained momentum as an important diagnostic tool for the assessment of both ischemic and non-ischemic heart disease. Performing SE during physical exercise is challen...

    Authors: O. A. E. Salden, W. M. van Everdingen, R. Spee, P. A. Doevendans and M. J. Cramer

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:6

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  26. Content type: Research

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) can occur even after the correction of mitral valve (MV) pathology in patients who have pre-operative sinus rhythm and undergo MV surgery. However, the factors associated with the occu...

    Authors: Min-Kyung Kang, Boyoung Joung, Chi Young Shim, In Jeong Cho, Woo-In Yang, Jeonggeun Moon, Yangsoo Jang, Namsik Chung, Byung-Chul Chang and Jong-Won Ha

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:5

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  27. Content type: Review

    Cardiac function is about creating and sustaining blood in motion. This is achieved through a proper sequence of myocardial deformation whose final goal is that of creating flow. Deformation imaging provided v...

    Authors: Matteo Dal Ferro, Davide Stolfo, Valerio De Paris, Pierluigi Lesizza, Renata Korcova, Dario Collia, Giovanni Tonti, Gianfranco Sinagra and Gianni Pedrizzetti

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:4

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  28. Content type: Research

    Imaging stress tests are not ideally accurate to predict anatomically obstructive CAD, leading to a non-trivial rate of unnecessary iCA. This may depend on the threshold used to indicate iCA, and maybe CTA or,...

    Authors: Nicola Gaibazzi, Guido Pastorini, Andrea Biagi, Francesco Tafuni, Claudia Buffa, Silvia Garibaldi, Francesca Boffetti and Giorgio Benatti

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:3

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  29. Content type: Research

    Study on automated three-dimensional (3D) quantification of left heart parameters by using Heartmodel software is still in the early stage and fully automatic analysis was not clearly achieved. The aim of our ...

    Authors: Lina Sun, Haiyan Feng, Lujia Ni, Hui Wang and Dongmei Gao

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:2

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  30. Content type: Research

    Percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) is increasingly performed in patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR). Post-procedural MR grading is challenging and an unsettled issue. We hypothesised that the d...

    Authors: Alexander Dietl, Christine Prieschenk, Franziska Eckert, Christoph Birner, Andreas Luchner, Lars S. Maier and Stefan Buchner

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2018 16:1

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  31. Content type: Case report

    Staged palliative surgery markedly shifts the balance of volume load on a single ventricle and pulmonary vascular bed. Blalock-Taussig shunt necessitates a single ventricle eject blood to both the systemic and...

    Authors: Mao Kinoshita, Koichi Akiyama, Keiichi Itatani, Ayahiro Yamashita, Maki Ishii, Atsushi Kainuma, Yoshinobu Maeda, Takako Miyazaki, Masaaki Yamagishi and Teiji Sawa

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:27

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  32. Content type: Research

    Although mechanical dyssynchrony parameters derived by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) may predict response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), comparability of parameters derived with differen...

    Authors: Wouter M. van Everdingen, Alexander H. Maass, Kevin Vernooy, Mathias Meine, Cornelis P. Allaart, Frederik J. De Lange, Arco J. Teske, Bastiaan Geelhoed, Michiel Rienstra, Isabelle C. Van Gelder, Marc A. Vos and Maarten J. Cramer

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:25

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  33. Content type: Research

    Lung ultrasound can be used as an alternative to chest radiography (CXR) for the diagnosis and follow-up of various lung diseases in the intensive care unit (ICU). Our aim was to evaluate the influence that in...

    Authors: Etrusca Brogi, Elena Bignami, Anna Sidoti, Mohammed Shawar, Luna Gargani, Luigi Vetrugno, Giovanni Volpicelli and Francesco Forfori

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:23

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  34. Content type: Research

    Sudden cardiac death (SCD) risk stratification is the most important preventive action in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The identification of the ischemia biomarker high sensitive troponin I...

    Authors: Rafał Hładij, Renata Rajtar-Salwa and Paweł Petkow Dimitrow

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:24

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  35. Content type: Research

    Strain analysis is feasible using three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography. This approach provides various parameters based on speckle tracking analysis from one full-volume image of the left ventricle; however...

    Authors: Hyo-Suk Ahn, Yong-Kyun Kim, Ho Chul Song, Euy Jin Choi, Gee-Hee Kim, Jung Sun Cho, Sang-Hyun Ihm, Hee-Yeol Kim, Chan Seok Park and Ho-Joong Youn

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:22

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  36. Content type: Research

    Long-term intensive training leads to morphological and mechanical changes in the heart generally known as “athlete’s heart”. Previous studies have suggested that the diastolic and systolic function of the ven...

    Authors: Zahraa Alsafi, Andreas Malmgren, Petri Gudmundsson, Martin Stagmo and Magnus Dencker

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:20

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  37. Content type: Research

    Second-stage palliation with hemi-Fontan or bidirectional Glenn procedures has improved the outcomes of patients treated for single-ventricle heart disease. The aim of this study was to retrospectively analyze...

    Authors: Jacek Pająk, Michał Buczyński, Piotr Stanek, Grzegorz Zalewski, Marek Wites, Lesław Szydłowski, Bogusław Mazurek and Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pająk

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:21

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  38. Content type: Research

    To investigate the impacts of carotid plaque and intima-media thickness (IMT) on future vascular events (VEs) in the patients with acute ischemic stroke.

    Authors: Hyun Ju Yoon, Kye Hun Kim, Hyukjin Park, Jae Yeong Cho, Young Joon Hong, Hyung Wook Park, Ju Han Kim, Youngkeun Ahn, Myung Ho Jeong, Jeong Gwan Cho and Jong Chun Park

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:19

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  39. Content type: Research

    Left ventricular outflow tract velocity time integral (LVOT VTI) is a measure of cardiac systolic function and cardiac output. Heart failure patients with low cardiac output are known to have poor cardiovascul...

    Authors: Christina Tan, David Rubenson, Ajay Srivastava, Rajeev Mohan, Michael R. Smith, Kristen Billick, Samuel Bardarian and J. Thomas Heywood

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:18

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  40. Content type: Research

    Identification of prenatal ventriculoarterial connections in fetuses with conotruncal anomalies (CTA) remains one of the greatest challenges for sonographers performing screening examinations. Herein, we propo...

    Authors: Yu Wang, Miao Fan, Faiza Amber Siddiqui, Meilian Wang, Wei Sun, Xue Sun, Wenjia Lei and Ying Zhang

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:17

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  41. Content type: Research

    The availability of ultra-miniaturized pocket ultrasound devices (PUD) adds diagnostic power to the clinical examination. Information on accuracy of ultrasound with handheld units in immediate differential dia...

    Authors: Alfonso Sforza, Costantino Mancusi, Maria Viviana Carlino, Agostino Buonauro, Marco Barozzi, Giuseppe Romano, Sossio Serra and Giovanni de Simone

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:16

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  42. Content type: Research

    Almost all attempts to improve patient selection for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) using echo-derived indices have failed so far. We sought to assess: the performance of homemade software for the aut...

    Authors: Maxime Fournet, Anne Bernard, Sylvestre Marechaux, Elena Galli, Raphael Martins, Philippe Mabo, J. Claude Daubert, Christophe Leclercq, Alfredo Hernandez and Erwan Donal

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:15

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  43. Content type: Research

    This study is aimed at investigating myocardial multi-directional systolic deformation in hypertensive with different left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and exploring its contribution to LVEF.

    Authors: Huimei Huang, Qinyun Ruan, Meiyan Lin, Lei Yan, Chunyan Huang and Liyun Fu

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:14

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  44. Content type: Research

    Compound strain imaging is a novel method to noninvasively evaluate arterial wall deformation which has recently shown to enable differentiation between fibrous and (fibro-)atheromatous plaques in patients wit...

    Authors: Martijn F.H. Maessen, Thijs M.H. Eijsvogels, Ayla Grotens, Maria T.E. Hopman, Dick H.J. Thijssen and Hendrik H.G. Hansen

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:13

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  45. Content type: Research

    Quality of life is as important as survival in heart failure (HF) patients. Controversies exist with regards to echocardiographic determinants of exercise capacity in HF, particularly in patients with preserve...

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

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:12

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  46. Content type: Review

    To systematically review currently available cardiac shock-wave therapy (CSWT) studies in humans and perform meta-analysis regarding anti-anginal efficacy of CSWT.

    Authors: Greta Burneikaitė, Evgeny Shkolnik, Jelena Čelutkienė, Gitana Zuozienė, Irena Butkuvienė, Birutė Petrauskienė, Pranas Šerpytis, Aleksandras Laucevičius and Amir Lerman

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:11

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  47. Content type: Research

    Myocardial performance index (MPI) has been investigated in a variety of populations, but the effect of food intake has not been evaluated. We assessed whether myocardial performance index is affected by food ...

    Authors: Ylva Gårdinger, Anna Dieden, Joanna Hlebowicz, Ola Björgell and Magnus Dencker

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:10

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  48. Content type: Research

    Mean or maximal intima-media thickness (IMT) is commonly used as surrogate endpoint in intervention studies. However, the effect of normalization by surrounding or median IMT or by diameter is unknown. In addi...

    Authors: J Steinbuch, AC van Dijk, FHBM Schreuder, MTB Truijman, J Hendrikse, PJ Nederkoorn, A van der Lugt, E Hermeling, APG Hoeks and WH Mess

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:9

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