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  1. We investigated longitudinal right ventricular (RV) function assessed using speckle-tracking strain echocardiography in patient with myocardial infarction (MI), and identified the contributing factors for RV d...

    Authors: Katsuhisa Konishi, Kaoru Dohi, Muneyoshi Tanimura, Yuichi Sato, Kiyotaka Watanabe, Emiyo Sugiura, Naoto Kumagai, Shiro Nakamori, Hiroshi Nakajima, Tomomi Yamada, Katsuya Onishi, Mashio Nakamura, Tsutomu Nobori and Masaaki Ito

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:23

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  2. External common carotid artery (CCA) diameter and intima-media thickness (IMT) are independently associated with incident stroke and other cardiovascular events. Arterial geometry such as large IMT and large d...

    Authors: Marsha L Eigenbrodt, Gregory W Evans, Kathryn M Rose, Zoran Bursac, Richard E Tracy, Jawahar L Mehta and David J Couper

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:22

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  3. Several studies have found that the ultrasound greyscale median (GSM) of carotid artery plaques may be useful for predicting the risk of cerebrovascular events. However, measurements of GSM are typically perfo...

    Authors: Baris Kanber, Timothy C Hartshorne, Mark A Horsfield, Andrew R Naylor, Thompson G Robinson and Kumar V Ramnarine

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:21

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  4. Standard measures of left ventricular systolic and diastolic function often fail to identify left ventricular dysfunction in patients with heart failure and do not correlate with measures of functional capacity.

    Authors: John W Petersen, Talha F Nazir, Licheng Lee, Cynthia S Garvan and Ashkan Karimi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:20

    Content type: Research

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  5. Recent studies suggest the significance of right ventricular (RV) function in the outcome in patients with left ventricular dysfunction (LVSD); however, global assessment of RV remains to be determined by echo...

    Authors: Masashi Yamaguchi, Toshihiro Tsuruda, Yuki Watanabe, Hisamitsu Onitsuka, Kuniko Furukawa, Takeshi Ideguchi, Junji Kawagoe, Tetsunori Ishikawa, Johji Kato, Makoto Takenaga and Kazuo Kitamura

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:19

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  6. The effect of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) on left ventricular (LV) geometry and function was compared to traditional aortic replacement (AVR) by major surgery.

    Authors: Marco Fabio Costantino, Maurizio Galderisi, Ernesta Dores, Pasquale Innelli, Giandomenico Tarsia, Maurilio Di Natale, Ciro Santoro, Francesco De Stefano, Roberta Esposito and Giovanni de Simone

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:18

    Content type: Research

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  7. Current guidelines recommend that transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) should be performed for acute risk stratification following acute pulmonary embolism (PE), but it is unclear whether the initial TTE can p...

    Authors: Vincent Chow, Austin Chin Chwan Ng, Tommy Chung, Liza Thomas and Leonard Kritharides

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:17

    Content type: Research

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  8. Assessing left ventricular (LV) dysfunction by echocardiography in ICU patients is common. The aim of this study was to investigate mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE) in critically ill patients wi...

    Authors: Lill Bergenzaun, Hans Öhlin, Petri Gudmundsson, Ronnie Willenheimer and Michelle S Chew

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:16

    Content type: Research

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  9. During the modified Bentall surgery (aortic root replacement), a cuff of native aorta is implanted, together with the coronary ostium, into the aortic graft. Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) imaging c...

    Authors: Austin Chin Chwan Ng, Dianna Hanzek, Leonard Kritharides and John Yiannikas

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:14

    Content type: Research

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  10. In the last recent years a new percutaneous procedure, the MitraClip, has been validated for the treatment of mitral regurgitation. MitraClip procedure is a promising alternative for patients unsuitable for su...

    Authors: Fabio Guarracino, Baldassare Ferro, Rubia Baldassarri, Pietro Bertini, Francesco Forfori, Cristina Giannini, Vitantonio Di Bello and Anna S Petronio

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:13

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  11. In the recent years, the use of Doppler-echocardiography has become a standard non-invasive technique in the analysis of cardiac malformations in genetically modified mice. Therefore, normal values have to be ...

    Authors: Maurícia Vinhas, Ana Carolina Araújo, Sónia Ribeiro, Luís Brás Rosário and José António Belo

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:12

    Content type: Technical notes

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  12. To develop a more realistic assessment of costs, herein named “true” costs, the extra-cancer from medical radiation, environmental damage from imaging paraphernalia and radioactive wastes must be included as l...

    Authors: Larissa Braga, Bruna Vinci, Carlo G Leo and Eugenio Picano

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:10

    Content type: Review

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  13. Traditional echocardiographic methods like left ventricular ejection fraction(EF) and wall motion scoring (WMS) and new methods like speckle tracking (ST) based 2D strain carry important prognostic information...

    Authors: Carl Westholm, Jonas Johnson, Anders Sahlen, Reidar Winter and Tomas Jernberg

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:9

    Content type: Research

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  14. A hybrid approach to minimally invasive perventricular closure of VSD in infants is safe and effective, and has been performed under guidance of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). We applied transthoracic...

    Authors: Gui-Can Zhang, Qiang Chen, Hua Cao, Liang-Wan Chen, Li-ping Yang and Dao-zhong Chen

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:8

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  15. During ultrasound examination, tricuspid regurgitation may be absent or gives a signal that is not reliable for the estimation of systolic pulmonary pressure. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulne...

    Authors: Sven-Olof Granstam, Erik Björklund, Gerhard Wikström and Magnus W Roos

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:7

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  16. Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune chronic disease characterized by diffuse fibrosis involving several organs, including heart. Aim of our study was to analyze left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformati...

    Authors: Maurizio Cusmà Piccione, Concetta Zito, Gianluca Bagnato, Giuseppe Oreto, Gianluca Di Bella, Gianfilippo Bagnato and Scipione Carerj

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:6

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  17. Aortic stenosis (AS) is a relevant common valve disorder. Severe AS and symptoms and/or left ventricular dysfunction (EF <50%) have the indication for aortic valve replacement (AVR). Majority of the patients w...

    Authors: Kambiz Shahgaldi, Cristina da Silva, Magnus Bäck, Andreas Rück, Aristomenis Manouras and Anders Sahlén

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:5

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  18. Calcification is an independent predictor of mortality in calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD). The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of non-invasive, non-ionizing echocardiographic calibrated integrat...

    Authors: Bram Roosens, Gezim Bala, Kris Gillis, Isabel Remory, Steven Droogmans, Joan Somja, Eléonore Delvenne, Joeri De Nayer, Johan Schiettecatte, Philippe Delvenne, Patrizio Lancellotti, Guy Van Camp and Bernard Cosyns

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:4

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  19. The most widely used experimental models of infective endocarditis (IE) are the rabbit and rat models, in which cardiac valve lesions are induced by a polyethylene catheter introduced into the left ventricle t...

    Authors: Mei-lian Wang, Ying Zhang, Miao Fan, Ya-jun Guo, Wei-dong Ren and En-jie Luo

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:3

    Content type: Research

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  20. The aim of this study is to investigate the association between arterial stiffness and left ventricular filling pressure in an apparently healthy Korean population.

    Authors: Hack-Lyoung Kim, Moon-Sun Im, Jae-Bin Seo, Woo-Young Chung, Sang-Hyun Kim, Myung-A Kim and Joo-Hee Zo

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:2

    Content type: Research

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  21. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is the gold standard for the detection of thrombi in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) before undergoing early electrical cardioversion (CV). However, TEE generates ...

    Authors: Philip H Jung, Marisa Mueller, Christoph Schuhmann, Madeleine Eickhoff, Philip Schneider, Gueler Seemueller, Raphael Dutton, Johannes Rieber, Stefan Kääb and Hae-Young Sohn

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:1

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  22. The aim of this study was to define the independent determinants of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus among various echocardiographic parameters measured by Velocity Vector Imaging (VVI) in patients with no...

    Authors: Koji Ono, Makoto Iwama, Masanori Kawasaki, Ryuhei Tanaka, Takatomo Watanabe, Noriyuki Onishi, Shunichiro Warita, Tai Kojima, Takashi Kato, Yoshiaki Goto, Masazumi Arai, Kazuhiko Nishigaki, Genzou Takemura, Toshiyuki Noda, Sachiro Watanabe and Shinya Minatoguchi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:50

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  23. Rapid and accurate diagnosis and management can be lifesaving for patients with acute dyspnea. However, making a differential diagnosis and selecting early treatment for patients with acute dyspnea in the emer...

    Authors: Katsuya Kajimoto, Keiko Madeen, Tomoko Nakayama, Hiroki Tsudo, Tadahide Kuroda and Takashi Abe

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:49

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  24. Echocardiographic left atrial (LA) strain parameters have been associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) in prior studies. Our goal was to determine if strain measures [peak systolic longitudinal strain (LAS) a...

    Authors: Amir Y Shaikh, Abhishek Maan, Umar A Khan, Gerard P Aurigemma, Jeffrey C Hill, Jennifer L Kane, Dennis A Tighe, Eric Mick and David D McManus

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:48

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  25. Global and regional left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction is a marker of coronary artery disease (CAD), which is conventionally assessed using two-dimensional echocardiography. Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI...

    Authors: Rajender Agarwal, Priyanka Gosain, James N Kirkpatrick, Tareq Alyousef, Rami Doukky, Gurpreet Singh and Craig A Umscheid

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:47

    Content type: Review

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  26. The aim of this study was to investigate early changes in left ventricular longitudinal systolic function in patients with hypertension (HTN) with and without concomitant diastolic dysfunction (DD) and the cli...

    Authors: Ivaylo Rilkov Daskalov, Plamen Dimitrov Petrovsky and Lilia Davidkova Demirevska

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:46

    Content type: Research

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  27. In patients with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), LV midwall fractional shortening (FS) is used as a measure of LV systolic performance that is more physiologically appropriate than conventional FS. For eva...

    Authors: Hisao Yoshikawa, Makoto Suzuki, Go Hashimoto, Yukiko Kusunose, Takenori Otsuka, Masato Nakamura and Kaoru Sugi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:45

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  28. Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a major late complication in cardiac transplant recipients and has a relevant impact on outcome of these patients. Aims of this study: to compare, in cardiac transplant ...

    Authors: Giovanni Minardi, Giordano Zampi, Amedeo Pergolini, Giovanni Pulignano, Massimiliano Scappaticci, Francesca Moschella Orsini, Gaetano Pero, Paola Lilla Della Monica, Giovanni Cioffi and Francesco Musumeci

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:44

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  29. Valvuloarterial impedance (Zva) is a measure of global (combined valvular and arterial) load opposing left ventricular (LV) ejection in aortic stenosis (AS). The present study identified covariates and tested ...

    Authors: Åshild E Rieck, Eva Gerdts, Mai Tone Lønnebakken, Edda Bahlmann, Giovanni Cioffi, Christa Gohlke-Bärwolf, Simon Ray and Dana Cramariuc

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:43

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  30. Until recently acute inflammatory peri-myocardial syndromes have been associated with global rather regional left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Recent advances in cardiac imaging with echocardiographic techniq...

    Authors: Marina Leitman, Vladimir Tyomkin, Eli Peleg, Laurian Copel and Zvi Vered

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:42

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  31. The role of hypertension in the loss of cognitive function is controversial. Relationships between hypertension and increases in cerebral vascular resistance, diffused lesions and multiple lacunar infarcts of ...

    Authors: Eros da Mota Dias, Luiz Tadeu Giollo Jr, Débora Dada Martinelli, Camila Mazeti, Heitor Moreno Júnior, José Fernando Vilela-Martin and Juan Carlos Yugar-Toledo

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:41

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  32. In the clinical setting, the early detection of myocardial injury induced by doxorubicin (DXR) is still considered a challenge. To assess whether ultrasonic tissue characterization (UTC) can identify early DXR...

    Authors: Minna Moreira Dias Romano, Antônio Pazin-Filho, João Lucas O’Connel, Marcus Vinícius Simões, André Schmidt, Érica C Campos, Marcos Rossi and Benedito Carlos Maciel

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:40

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  33. Although chronic effects of exercise on endothelial function are established, the impact of acute exercise on flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) of brachial artery has not been elucidated yet.

    Authors: In-Chang Hwang, Kyung-Hee Kim, Won-Suk Choi, Hyun-Jin Kim, Moon-Sun Im, Yong-Jin Kim, Sang-Hyun Kim, Myung-A Kim, Dae-Won Sohn and Joo-Hee Zo

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:39

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  34. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) exists more frequently in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) than in patients without, and AFib may be a sign of progressive deterioration of AS. Echocardiographic assessment of AS i...

    Authors: Charlotte Burup Kristensen, Jan Skov Jensen, Peter Sogaard, Helle Gervig Carstensen and Rasmus Mogelvang

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:38

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  35. The identification of right ventricular abnormalities in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in early stages is still difficult. The aim of this study was to investigate if lon...

    Authors: Meriam Åström Aneq, Jan Engvall, Lars Brudin and Eva Nylander

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:37

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  36. The aim of this study was to prospectively examine echocardiographic parameters that correlate and predict functional capacity assessed by 6 min walk test (6-MWT) in patients with heart failure (HF), irrespect...

    Authors: Gani Bajraktari, Arlind Batalli, Afrim Poniku, Artan Ahmeti, Rozafa Olloni, Violeta Hyseni, Zana Vela, Besim Morina, Rina Tafarshiku, Driton Vela, Premtim Rashiti, Edmond Haliti and Michael Y Henein

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:36

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  37. Cardiac shock wave therapy (CSWT) improves cardiac function in patients with severe coronary artery disease (CAD). We aimed to evaluate the clinical outcomes of a new CSWT treatment regimen.

    Authors: Yu Wang, Tao Guo, Tie-kun Ma, Hong-yan Cai, Si-ming Tao, Yun-zhu Peng, Ping Yang, Ming-qing Chen and Yun Gu

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:35

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  38. Acute doses of elevated retrograde shear rate (SR) appear to be detrimental to endothelial function in resting humans. However, retrograde shear increases during moderate intensity exercise which also enhances...

    Authors: Blair D Johnson, Kieren J Mather, Sean C Newcomer, Timothy D Mickleborough and Janet P Wallace

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:34

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  39. The purpose of this study was to determine the cut-off values of Hounsfield units (HU) for the discrimination of plaque components and to evaluate the feasibility of measurement of the volume of plaque compone...

    Authors: Takahiko Yamaki, Masanori Kawasaki, Ik-Kyung Jang, Owen Christopher Raffel, Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Munenori Okubo, Tomoki Kubota, Arihiro Hattori, Kazuhiko Nishigaki, Genzou Takemura, Hisayoshi Fujiwara and Shinya Minatoguchi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:33

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  40. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the mechanical properties of coronary plaques and plaque behavior, and to elucidate the relationship among tissue characteristics of coronary plaques, mechanica...

    Authors: Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Masanori Kawasaki, Arihiro Hattori, Hajime Imai, Shigekiyo Takahashi, Hironobu Sato, Tomoki Kubota, Munenori Okubo, Shinsuke Ojio, Kazuhiko Nishigaki, Genzou Takemura, Hisayoshi Fujiwara and Shinya Minatoguchi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:32

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  41. A number of myocardial Doppler-derived velocity, strain myocardial imaging parameters (DMI) and speckle tracking imaging (STI) have been proposed for the quantification of myocardial ischemia during stress ech...

    Authors: Jelena Celutkiene, Diana Zakarkaite, Viktor Skorniakov, Vida Zvironaite, Virginija Grabauskiene, Jelizaveta Burca, Laura Ciparyte and Aleksandras Laucevicius

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:31

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  42. The purpose of this study was to quantify the heterogeneous distribution of echodensities in the pericardial fluid of patients with tuberculous pericarditis using echocardiography and fractal analysis, and to ...

    Authors: Mpiko Ntsekhe, Bongani M Mayosi and Tawanda Gumbo

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:30

    Content type: Technical notes

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  43. Ultrasound (US) imaging can be enhanced using gas-filled microbubble contrast agents. Strong echo signals are induced at the tissue-gas interface following microbubble collapse. Applications include assessment...

    Authors: Steven C Wood, Sible Antony, Ronald P Brown, Jin Chen, Edward A Gordon, Victoria M Hitchins, Qin Zhang, Yunbo Liu, Subha Maruvada and Gerald R Harris

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:29

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  44. It is recognized that one of the causes of atrial fibrillation (AF) is pathological degeneration of the left atrium (LA). However, prospective study that elucidated the relationship between the incidence of pe...

    Authors: Tomoki Kubota, Masanori Kawasaki, Nobuhiro Takasugi, Hajime Imai, Yoshiyuki Ishihara, Munenori Okubo, Shigekiyo Takahashi, Hironobu Sato, Kazuhiko Nishigaki, Genzou Takemura and Shinya Minatoguchi

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:28

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  45. Cardiac and systemic hemodynamics have been historically in the domain of invasive cardiology, but recent advances in real-time 3-Dimensional echocardiography (RT3D echo) provide a reliable measurement of vent...

    Authors: Maria Chiara Scali, Massimiliano Basso, Alfredo Gandolfo, Tonino Bombardini, Paolo Bellotti and Rosa Sicari

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:27

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  46. Left ventricular rotation and twist can be assessed noninvasively by speckle tracking echocardiography. We sought to characterize the effects of acute load change and change in inotropic state on rotation para...

    Authors: Roman A’roch, Ulf Gustafsson, Jan Poelaert, Göran Johansson and Michael Haney

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:26

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  47. Heart transplantation is limited by a severe donor organ shortage. Potential donors with brain death (BD) and left ventricular dysfunction due to neurogenic stunning are currently excluded from donation – alth...

    Authors: Marilena Casartelli, Tonino Bombardini, Davide Simion, Maria Grazia Gaspari and Francesco Procaccio

    Citation: Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2012 10:25

    Content type: Research

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