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  1. Content type: Research

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with left atrial (LA) remodeling caused by pressure and/or volume (LAV) overload. Increased pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) represents LA pressure overload. We ...

    Authors: Masanori Kawasaki, Ryuhei Tanaka, Taiji Miyake, Reiko Matsuoka, Mayumi Kaneda, Shingo Minatoguchi, Takeshi Hirose, Koji Ono, Maki Nagaya, Hidemaro Sato, Yoshiaki Kawase, Shinji Tomita, Kunihiko Tsuchiya, Hitoshi Matsuo, Toshiyuki Noda and Shinya Minatoguchi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2016 14:6

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  2. Content type: Technical notes

    The growing need for coronary evaluation has raised interest in non-radioactive, non-invasive monitoring systems. In particular, radiation exposure during coronary investigations has been shown to be a possibl...

    Authors: Fabien Labombarda, Samuela Castelnuovo, Dionysis Goularas and Cesare R. Sirtori

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2016 14:5

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  3. Content type: Research

    The impact of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level on the risk of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) has not been prospectively studied.

    Authors: Rojina Pant, Mita Patel, Enrique Garcia-Sayan, Marwan Wassouf, Oliver D’Silva, Richard F. Kehoe and Rami Doukky

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2016 14:4

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  4. Content type: Research

    Kawasaki disease is an acute, systemic vasculitis that affects the coronary arteries. However, the relationship between myocardial fibrosis and Kawasaki disease has been completely unknown until now. We aimed ...

    Authors: Lijian Xie, Renjian Wang, Min Huang, Yongwei Zhang, Jie Shen and Tingting Xiao

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2016 14:3

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  5. Content type: Research

    The aim of this study is to investigate the inter and intra-rater reliability, repeatability, and reproducibility of pulmonary transit time (PTT) measurement in patients using contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEU...

    Authors: Ingeborg H. F. Herold, Salvatore Saporito, R. Arthur Bouwman, Patrick Houthuizen, Hans C. van Assen, Massimo Mischi and Hendrikus H. M. Korsten

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2016 14:1

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  6. Content type: Research

    Contrast agents are used in resting echocardiography to opacify the left ventricular (LV) cavity and to improve LV endocardial border delineation in patients with suboptimal image quality. If a wider use of co...

    Authors: Malin K. Larsson, Cristina Da Silva, Elif Gunyeli, Ali Akebat Bin Ilami, Karolina Szummer, Reidar Winter and Anna Bjällmark

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2016 14:2

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  7. Content type: Research

    Previous studies have suggested that concomitant mitral regurgitation (MR) is a risk factor for acute transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) failure, but may improve afterwards. Aim of this study was t...

    Authors: Marco Fabio Costantino, Ernesta Dores, Pasquale Innelli, Antonella Matera, Vincenza Santillo, Roberto Violini, Rosario Fiorilli, GianGiuseppe Cappabianca, Nicola Marraudino, Eugenio Picano and Giandomenico Tarsia

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:49

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  8. Content type: Review

    This year we celebrate 60 years since Shigeo Satomura published the first measurements of the Doppler shift of ultrasonic signals from a beating heart. He demonstrated that Doppler signals can be retrieved fro...

    Authors: Ioan M. Coman and Bogdan A. Popescu

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:48

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  9. Content type: Research

    Stress echocardiography (SE) is dependent on subjective interpretations. As a prelude to the International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches (ISCHEMIA) Trial, poten...

    Authors: Akihisa Kataoka, Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, Roxy Senior, Gilbert Gosselin, Denis Phaneuf, Gabriela Guzman, Gian Perna, Alfonso Lara, Sasko Kedev, Andrea Mortara, Mohammad El-Hajjar, Leslee J. Shaw, Harmony R. Reynolds and Michael H. Picard

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:47

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  10. Content type: Research

    Use of preoperative echocardiography may help to identify patients with increased cardiac risk, who may benefit from modification of perioperative plan. The objective of our study was to evaluate the reliabili...

    Authors: Pawel Andruszkiewicz, Dorota Sobczyk, Izabela Gorkiewicz-Kot, Ilona Kowalik, Remigiusz Gelo and Orest Stach

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:45

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  11. Content type: Research

    Responding to concerns regarding the growth of cardiac testing, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) published Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for various cardiac imaging modalities. Single moda...

    Authors: Andrew Remfry, Howard Abrams, David M. Dudzinski, Rory B. Weiner and R. Sacha Bhatia

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:44

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  12. Content type: Research

    Two-dimensional speckle tracking provides valuable information for regional wall motion abnormalities. The purpose of this study was to determine the diagnostic value of left ventricular longitudinal strain an...

    Authors: Constantina Aggeli, Stauroula Lagoudakou, Ioannis Felekos, Vasiliki Panagopoulou, Stellios Kastellanos, Konstantinos Toutouzas, George Roussakis and Dimitris Tousoulis

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:43

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  13. Content type: Research

    B-lines evaluated by lung ultrasound (LUS) are the sonographic sign of pulmonary congestion, a major predictor of morbidity and mortality in patients with heart failure (HF). Our aim was to assess the prognost...

    Authors: Luna Gargani, P. S. Pang, F. Frassi, M.H. Miglioranza, F. L. Dini, P. Landi and E. Picano

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:40

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  14. Content type: Research

    The risk stratification of patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major objective for the clinicians, and it can be achieved by coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) or with coronary artery calcium score (C...

    Authors: Miodrag Dikic, Milorad Tesic, Zeljko Markovic, Vojislav Giga, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Jelena Stepanovic, Branko Beleslin, Ivana Jovanovic, Ana Mladenovic, Jelena Seferovic, Miodrag Ostojic and Aleksandra Arandjelovic

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:41

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  15. Content type: Research

    Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) can be used to assess fetal cardiac function and it has been shown to detect changes associated with hypoxia in animal models. However, the analysis is cumbersome and time consumin...

    Authors: Lotta Herling, Jonas Johnson, Kjerstin Ferm-Widlund, Peter Lindgren, Ganesh Acharya and Magnus Westgren

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:39

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  16. Content type: Research

    Left atrial (LA) sizing in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is crucial for follow-up and outcome. Recently, the automated quantification of LA using the novel three-beat averaging real-time three dimensi...

    Authors: Ran Heo, Geu-Ru Hong, Young-Jin Kim, Joel Mancina, In-Jeong Cho, Chi Young Shim, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Jong-Won Ha and Namsik Chung

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:38

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  17. Content type: Review

    The definition of normal values of two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography derived left ventricular (LV) deformation parameters, is of critical importance for the routine application of this modality...

    Authors: Haki Jashari, Annika Rydberg, Pranvera Ibrahimi, Gani Bajraktari, Lindita Kryeziu, Fisnik Jashari and Michael Y. Henein

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:37

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  18. Content type: Research

    The incidence of cardiovascular disease is considerably disparate among different racial and ethnic populations. While dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has been shown to be useful in Caucasian patients...

    Authors: Jamie M. O’Driscoll, Claire Rossato, Paula Gargallo-Fernandez, Marco Araco, Dimitrios Giannoglou, Sanjay Sharma and Rajan Sharma

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:36

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  19. Content type: Research

    The association of the tissue characteristics of carotid plaques with coronary artery disease has attracted interest. The present study compared the tissue characteristics of carotid plaques in patients with a...

    Authors: Mika Bando, Hirotsugu Yamada, Kenya Kusunose, Daiju Fukuda, Rie Amano, Rina Tamai, Yuta Torii, Yukina Hirata, Susumu Nishio, Koji Yamaguchi, Takeshi Soeki, Tetsuzo Wakatsuki and Masataka Sata

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:34

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  20. Content type: Research

    Despite advances in medical therapy, cardiovascular disease, mainly coronary artery disease (CAD), remains the leading cause of mortality among patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). The objective of the presen...

    Authors: Liz Andréa Villela Baroncini, Rafael Borsoi, Maria Eugênia Bégué Vidal, Nathália Julim Valente, Juliana Veloso and Roberto Pecoits Filho

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:35

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  21. Content type: Research

    To test the diagnostic power of Pocket Size Imaging Device (PSID) in detecting early signs of right heart (RH) involvement in regular smokers (RS) free of overt cardiac involvement.

    Authors: Vincenzo Schiano-Lomoriello, Roberta Esposito, Ciro Santoro, Giovanni de Simone and Maurizio Galderisi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:33

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  22. Content type: Case report

    We report a case of transient biventricular dysfunction post therapeutic pericardiocentesis, with classic features of stress cardiomyopathy (SCM). In our patient, the clinical and echocardiographic features we...

    Authors: Chadi Ayoub, Michael Chang and Leonard Kritharides

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:32

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  23. Content type: Research

    Accidental hypothermia is a condition associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Hypothermia has been reported to affect left ventricular systolic and diastolic function. However, most of the data co...

    Authors: Tomasz Darocha, Dorota Sobczyk, Sylweriusz Kosiński, Anna Jarosz, Robert Gałązkowski, Krzysztof Nycz and Rafał Drwiła

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:31

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  24. Content type: Research

    Myocardial dysfunction is recognized in sepsis. We hypothesized that mechanical left (LV) and right (RV) ventricular function analysed using 2-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in a cohort of early...

    Authors: Keti Dalla, Caroline Hallman, Odd Bech-Hanssen, Michael Haney and Sven-Erik Ricksten

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:30

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  25. Content type: Research

    Symptoms in the elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) and co-morbidities seem to lack in specificity. Therefore, objective parameters for increased left ventricular(LV) filling pressures are needed...

    Authors: Mihai Strachinaru, Bas M. van Dalen, Nicolas Van Mieghem, Peter P. T. De Jaegere, Tjebbe W. Galema, Marielle Morissens and Marcel L. Geleijnse

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:29

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  26. Content type: Research

    While echocardiographic grading of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction (DD) is used every day, the relationship between echocardiographic DD grade and hemodynamic abnormalities is uncertain.

    Authors: Andrew D. M. Grant, Kazuaki Negishi, Tomoko Negishi, Patrick Collier, Samir R. Kapadia, James D. Thomas, Thomas H. Marwick, Brian P. Griffin and Zoran B. Popović

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:28

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  27. Content type: Research

    No study has investigated the admission echocardiographic characteristics of acute heart failure (AHF) patients who are resistant to conventional diuretics and require tolvaptan.

    Authors: Yasuki Nakada, Satoshi Okayama, Tomoya Nakano, Tomoya Ueda, Kenji Onoue, Yukiji Takeda, Rika Kawakami, Manabu Horii, Shiro Uemura, Shinichi Fujimoto and Yoshihiko Saito

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:27

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  28. Content type: Research

    Nicorandil, as a selective potassium channel opener, has dual action including coronary and peripheral vasodilatation and cardioprotective effect through ischemic preconditioning. Considering those characteris...

    Authors: Jelena Kostic, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Milan Dobric, Dejan Milasinovic, Milan Nedeljkovic, Sinisa Stojkovic, Jelena Stepanovic, Milorad Tesic, Zoran Trifunovic, Danijela Zamaklar-Tifunovic, Mina Radosavljevic-Radovanovic, Miodrag Ostojic and Branko Beleslin

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:26

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  29. Content type: Research

    We hypothesized that a novel three-dimensional virtual semi-transparent annulus plane (3D VSAP) presented on a holographic screen can be used to visualize the prolapsing tissue in degenerative mitral valve dis...

    Authors: Karl-Andreas Dumont, Jørn Skaarud Karlsen, Thomas Helle-Valle, Arnt Eltvedt Fiane, Runar Lundblad and Stig Urheim

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:25

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  30. Content type: Research

    Quantitation of aortic regurgitation (AR) using two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography, including vena contracta width (VCW) measurement, is still challenging. Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography can direct...

    Authors: Hirotomo Sato, Tetsuro Ohta, Kimiko Hiroe, Seiji Okada, Koji Shimizu, Rinji Murakami and Kazuaki Tanabe

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:24

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  31. Content type: Research

    Diagnosis of cardiac masses is still challenging by echocardiography and distinguishing tumors from thrombi has important therapeutical implications. We sought to determine the diagnostic value of real-time pe...

    Authors: Eliza K Uenishi, Márcia A Caldas, Jeane M Tsutsui, Maria C D Abduch, João C N Sbano, Roberto Kalil Filho and Wilson Mathias Jr

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:23

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  32. Content type: Review

    Aortic stenosis has an increasing prevalence in the context of aging population. In these patients non-invasive imaging allows not only the grading of valve stenosis severity, but also the assessment of left v...

    Authors: Andreea Călin, Monica Roşca, Carmen Cristiana Beladan, Roxana Enache, Anca Doina Mateescu, Carmen Ginghină and Bogdan Alexandru Popescu

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:22

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  33. Content type: Research

    Dual imaging stress echocardiography, combining the evaluation of wall motion and coronary flow reserve (CFR) on the left anterior descending artery (LAD), and computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) a...

    Authors: Quirino Ciampi, Fausto Rigo, Elisabetta Grolla, Eugenio Picano and Lauro Cortigiani

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:21

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  34. Content type: Research

    The early identification of the onset of subclinical atheromatosis is essential in reducing the high mortality risk from cardiovascular disease (CVD) worldwide. Although carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) i...

    Authors: Maria Vittoria Arcidiacono, Esther Rubinat, Mercè Borras, Angels Betriu, Javier Trujillano, Teresa Vidal, Didac Mauricio and Elvira Fernández

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:20

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  35. Content type: Research

    Cardio-Oncology is an evolving discipline that focuses on the management of cancer patients who develop cardiovascular complications as a result of their treatment. Although the current combination of surgical...

    Authors: Gauri Akolkar, Navdeep Bhullar, Hilary Bews, Bilal Shaikh, Sheena Premecz, Kimberly-Ann Bordun, David YC Cheung, Vineet Goyal, Anita K Sharma, Philip Garber, Pawan K Singal and Davinder S Jassal

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:18

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  36. Content type: Research

    We sought to evaluate the effects of a strong lipophilic statin (pitavastatin) on plaque components and morphology assessed by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), a...

    Authors: Takatomo Watanabe, Masanori Kawasaki, Ryuhei Tanaka, Koji Ono, Nobuo Kako, Maki Saeki, Noriyuki Onishi, Maki Nagaya, Noriaki Sato, Hirotaka Miwa, Masazumi Arai, Toshiyuki Noda, Sachiro Watanabe and Shinya Minatoguchi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:17

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  37. Content type: Research

    To validate the practicality of focused echocardiography with A-F mnemonic performed by non-specialists in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

    Authors: Dorota Sobczyk, Krzysztof Nycz and Pawel Andruszkiewicz

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:16

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  38. Content type: Research

    Predictors of left ventricular reverse remodeling (LVRR) after therapy with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers and β blockers in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomy...

    Authors: Yoshihisa Matsumura, Eri Hoshikawa-Nagai, Toru Kubo, Naohito Yamasaki, Hiroaki Kitaoka, Jun Takata, Yoshinori Doi and Tetsuro Sugiura

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:14

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  39. Content type: Research

    Participation of amateur runners in endurance races continues to increase. Previous studies of marathon runners have raised concerns about exercise-induced myocardial and renal dysfunction and damage. In our p...

    Authors: Bernd Hewing, Sebastian Schattke, Sebastian Spethmann, Wasiem Sanad, Sabrina Schroeckh, Ingolf Schimke, Fabian Halleck, Harm Peters, Lars Brechtel, Jürgen Lock, Gert Baumann, Henryk Dreger, Adrian C Borges and Fabian Knebel

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:13

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  40. Content type: Research

    The identification of pre-clinical microvascular damage in hypertension by non-invasive techniques has proved frustrating for clinicians. This proof of concept study investigated whether entropy, a novel summa...

    Authors: Caroline Bleakley, Aaron McCann, Vivienne McClenaghan, Paul Kevin Hamilton, Auleen Millar, Richard Pumb, Mark Harbinson and Gary Eugene McVeigh

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:12

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  41. Content type: Research

    Assessment of left ventricular (LV) systolic function can be achieved by conventional echocardiographic methods, but quantification of contractility, regional myocardial function, and ventricular synchrony is ...

    Authors: Ann-Sabin J Berli, Rahel Jud Schefer, Kathrin Steininger and Colin C Schwarzwald

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:11

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  42. Content type: Research

    A subset of patients receiving first-time permanent pacemakers (PPM) may also benefit from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) based on the presence of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD)....

    Authors: Lawrence Lau, Robin Ducas, Jacques Rizkallah, Davinder S Jassal and Colette M Seifer

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:10

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  43. Content type: Reviewer acknowledgement

    The Editors of Cardiovascular Ultrasound would like to thank all of our reviewers who have contributed to the journal in Volume 12 (2014) and whose valuable support is fundamental to its success.

    Authors: Eugenio Picano and Rosa Sicari

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:9

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  44. Content type: Research

    Left ventricular (LV) radial tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) strain increases gradually from the subepicardial to the subendocardial layer in healthy individuals. A speckle tracking echocardiography study suggest...

    Authors: Dana Cramariuc, Eva Gerdts, Johannes Just Hjertaas, Alexandru Cramariuc, Einar Skulstad Davidsen and Knut Matre

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:8

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  45. Content type: Research

    Athlete’s heart is a common definition for a broad spectrum of adaptations induced by intense exercise. We intended to compare left ventricular (LV) mechanics in two sports disciplines with different exercise ...

    Authors: Ipoly Szauder, Attila Kovács and Gábor Pavlik

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:7

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  46. Content type: Research

    Carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) measured with ultrasound (US) is widely used as biomarker for arteriosclerosis and as surrogate endpoint in interventional studies to assess efficacy of drug therapies. St...

    Authors: Mario Gaarder and Therese Seierstad

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2015 13:5

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