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Section edited by Prof. Joshua Stern 

The cardiology section considers research that addresses the etiology and treatment of cardiovascular disorders in veterinary patients. This includes, but not limited to, studies on therapeutic strategies, molecular diagnostics, genetics and genomics, epidemiology, anatomical studies, and comparative cardiology. 

  1. Content type: Research article

    Exercise testing in conjunction with measurement of cardiac biomarkers NT-proBNP and cTnI is a useful tool for monitoring the effect of treatment on cardiac patients. Administering Pimobendan in dogs with dege...

    Authors: Nayeli Iwanuk, Ingo Nolte, Leona Wall, Maximiliane Sehn, Jonathan Raue, Anna Pilgram, Katja Rumstedt and Jan-Peter Bach

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:237

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is one of the most deleterious conditions leading to cardiovascular diseases and mortality. The importance of an early and accurate diagnosis assures immediate medical treatme...

    Authors: Esther López, Francisco Miguel Sánchez-Margallo, Verónica Álvarez, Rebeca Blázquez, Federica Marinaro, Ana Abad, Helena Martín, Claudia Báez, Virginia Blanco, Verónica Crisóstomo and Javier García Casado

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:91

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Precise understanding of the dimensions of the vascular lumina is essential for accurate interpretation of cardiac vessels imaging. To the authors’ best knowledge, this is the first study focusing on the ultra...

    Authors: Natalia Siwinska, Marcin Michalek, Agnieszka Zak, Malwina Slowikowska, Agnieszka Noszczyk-Nowak, Artur Niedzwiedz and Urszula Paslawska

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2019 15:43

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  4. Content type: Case Report

    In both humans and animals, cardiac fibrosarcoma is rare among primary cardiac malignant neoplasia. The overall prevalence of cardiac neoplasia in dogs is low, reported to be between 0.17% and 0.19% of hospita...

    Authors: Radu Andrei Baisan, Vasile Vulpe, Mircea Lazăr and Sorin Aurelian Pașca

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:398

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Heart rate variability (HRV) parameters, and especially RMSSD (root mean squared successive differences in RR interval), could distinguish atrial fibrillation (AF) from sinus rhythm(SR) in horses, as was demon...

    Authors: B. Broux, D. De Clercq, L. Vera, S. Ven, P. Deprez, A. Decloedt and G. van Loon

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:320

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Canine veterinary patients increasingly benefit from implantation of transvenous pacemakers for bradyarrhythmias. No published data exist examining procedural outcomes of pacemaker implantation performed in th...

    Authors: Lynne E. Swanson, Barbara A. Huibregtse and Brian A. Scansen

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:112

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  7. Content type: Methodology article

    In human and veterinary medicine, monophasic action potential (MAP) analysis and determination of local refractory periods by contact electrode technique gives valuable information about local cardiac electrop...

    Authors: Dominique De Clercq, Barbara Broux, Lisse Vera, Annelies Decloedt and Gunther van Loon

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:101

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Haemodynamic variations normally occur in anaesthetized animals, in relation to the animal status, administered drugs, sympathetic and parasympathetic tone, fluid therapy and surgical stimulus. The possibility...

    Authors: Angela Briganti, Flavia Evangelista, Paola Centonze, Annaliso Rizzo, Francesco Bentivegna, Antonio Crovace and Francesco Staffieri

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:72

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Exercise induced cardiac fatigue (EICF) and cardiac dysrhythmias are well described conditions identified in high-level human athletes that increase in frequency with intensity and duration of exercise. Identi...

    Authors: Catherine T. Gunther-Harrington, Rick Arthur, Krista Estell, Beatriz Martinez Lopez, Alexandra Sinnott, Eric Ontiveros, Anita Varga and Joshua A. Stern

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2018 14:18

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Cats with pleural effusion represent common emergencies in small animal practice. The aim of this prospective study was to investigate the diagnostic ability of a point-of-care ELISA (POC-ELISA) for the measur...

    Authors: Gabriel Wurtinger, Estelle Henrich, Nicolai Hildebrandt, Nicola Wiedemann, Matthias Schneider and Esther Hassdenteufel

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:394

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  11. Content type: Case Report

    Double chambered right ventricle (DCRV) is a congenital heart anomaly where the right ventricle is divided into two chambers. We describe, for the first time, an unusual combination of DCRV combined with some ...

    Authors: Iuliu Scurtu, Flaviu Tabaran, Mircea Mircean, Gavril Giurgiu, Andras Nagy, Cornel Catoi and Dan G. Ohad

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:367

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Cardiac output (CO) is an important haemodynamic parameter to monitor in patients during surgery. However, the majority of the techniques for measuring CO have a limited application in veterinary practice due ...

    Authors: Matheus M. Mantovani, Denise T. Fantoni, André M. Gimenes, Jacqueline R. de Castro, Patrícia B. Flor, Keila K. Ida and Denise S. Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:325

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  13. Content type: Methodology article

    Many patients with a congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt (PSS) do not tolerate an immediate shunt closure. Therefore, slow progressive techniques were developed. To evaluate the success of shunt closur...

    Authors: Sebastian Schaub, Antje Hartmann, Tobias Schwarz, Karsten Kemper, Kerstin H. Pueckler and Matthias A. Schneider

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:283

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Although premature beats are a matter of concern in horses, the interpretation of equine ECG recordings is complicated by a lack of standardized analysis criteria and a limited knowledge of the normal beat-to-...

    Authors: Mette Flethøj, Jørgen K. Kanters, Philip J. Pedersen, Maria M. Haugaard, Helena Carstensen, Lisbeth H. Olsen and Rikke Buhl

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:266

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The heart’s physiological adaptation to aerobic training leads to an increase in heart chamber size, and is referred to as the Athlete's heart. However, heart dimensions are also related to body weight (BWT), ...

    Authors: D. S. Trachsel, A. Giraudet, D. Maso, G. Hervé, D. D. Hauri, E. Barrey and C. Robert

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:226

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Cardiac troponin-I assays have been validated in horses.’High-sensitivity’ cardiac troponin assays are now the standard in human cardiology. Objective: Appropriately validate the’high-sensitivity’ cardiac Troponi...

    Authors: E. Shields, I. Seiden-Long, S. Massie, S. Passante and R. Leguillette

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:104

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and chronic mitral valve disease (CMVD) in dogs are associated with heart chamber enlargement, also of the left atrium. DCM is often accompanied by rhythm disturbances (mainly atri...

    Authors: Izabela Janus, Agnieszka Noszczyk-Nowak, Marcin Nowak, Rafał Ciaputa, Małgorzata Kandefer-Gola and Urszula Pasławska

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:3

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Thoracic aortic rupture and aortopulmonary fistulation are rare conditions in horses. It mainly affects Friesian horses. Intrinsic differences in biomechanical properties of the aortic wall might predispose th...

    Authors: Veronique Saey, Nele Famaey, Marija Smoljkic, Erik Claeys, Gunther van Loon, Richard Ducatelle, Margreet Ploeg, Catherine Delesalle, Andrea Gröne, Luc Duchateau and Koen Chiers

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2015 11:285

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  19. Content type: Methodology article

    Real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) enables accurate volume determination of the left ventricle (LV), since measurements in foreshortened depicted views are avertable. Different analyzing prog...

    Authors: Judith Eskofier, Patrick Wefstaedt, Martin Beyerbach, Ingo Nolte and Stephan O. Hungerbühler

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2015 11:260

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  20. Content type: Case report

    Retropharyngeal hematoma is a rare condition that is difficult to diagnose and may progress rapidly to airway obstruction. The authors report the first known case of acute upper airway obstruction resulting fr...

    Authors: Verónica Vieitez, María Martín-Cuervo, Víctor López-Ramis and Luis Javier Ezquerra

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2015 11:257

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