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World Heart Day: Take the road to a healthy heart

In recognition of World Heart Day on the 29th September 2013, we have brought together a collection of articles that have been published in the last year across our open access journals on prevention and control of cardiovascular disorders. World Heart Day 2013 addresses the importance of a life-course approach to the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with a focus on women and children. This campaign will highlight what actions can be taken through a person’s life to reduce their risk of CVD.

  1. Commentary

    Pre-hypertension: another 'pseudodisease’?

    Hypertension is one of the most important and common cardiovascular risk factors. Defining the level at which blood pressure starts causing end-organ damage is challenging, and is not easily answered. The thre...

    Pascal Meier, Franz H Messerli, Andreas Baumbach and Alexandra J Lansky

    BMC Medicine 2013 11:211

    Published on: 25 September 2013

  2. Research article

    Explaining significant differences in subjective and objective measures of cardiovascular health: evidence for the socioeconomic gradient in a population-based study

    To assess prevalence rates of subjective and objective reports of two cardiovascular disorders (hypertension and hypercholesterolemia) for the same subset of respondents in a large-scale study. To determine wh...

    Irene Mosca, Bláithín Ní Bhuachalla and Rose Anne Kenny

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2013 13:64

    Published on: 30 August 2013

  3. Research article

    Hypertension awareness, treatment and control in Africa: a systematic review

    Inadequate diagnosis and suboptimal control of hypertension is a major driver of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in Africa. Understanding the levels of awareness, treatment and control of hypertension a...

    James Kayima, Rhoda K Wanyenze, Achilles Katamba, Elli Leontsini and Fred Nuwaha

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2013 13:54

    Published on: 2 August 2013

  4. Research article

    Prehypertension and incidence of cardiovascular disease: a meta-analysis

    Prospective cohort studies of prehypertension and the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) are controversial after adjusting for other cardiovascular risk factors. This meta-analysis evaluated the associa...

    Yuli Huang, Sheng Wang, Xiaoyan Cai, Weiyi Mai, Yunzhao Hu, Hongfeng Tang and Dingli Xu

    BMC Medicine 2013 11:177

    Published on: 2 August 2013

  5. Research article

    Physical activity and clustered cardiovascular disease risk factors in young children: a cross-sectional study (the IDEFICS study)

    The relevance of physical activity (PA) for combating cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in children has been highlighted, but to date there has been no large-scale study analyzing that association in children ...

    David Jiménez-Pavón, Kenn Konstabel, Patrick Bergman, Wolfgang Ahrens, Hermann Pohlabeln, Charalampos Hadjigeorgiou, Alfonso Siani, Licia Iacoviello, Dénes Molnár, Stefaan De Henauw, Yannis Pitsiladis and Luis A Moreno

    BMC Medicine 2013 11:172

    Published on: 30 July 2013

  6. Research article

    Frequency of nut consumption and mortality risk in the PREDIMED nutrition intervention trial

    Prospective studies in non-Mediterranean populations have consistently related increasing nut consumption to lower coronary heart disease mortality. A small protective effect on all-cause and cancer mortality ...

    Marta Guasch-Ferré, Mònica Bulló, Miguel Ángel Martínez-González, Emilio Ros, Dolores Corella, Ramon Estruch, Montserrat Fitó, Fernando Arós, Julia Wärnberg, Miquel Fiol, José Lapetra, Ernest Vinyoles, Rosa Maria Lamuela-Raventós, Lluís Serra-Majem, Xavier Pintó, Valentina Ruiz-Gutiérrez…

    BMC Medicine 2013 11:164

    Published on: 16 July 2013

  7. Research article

    The effects of plant stanol ester consumption on arterial stiffness and endothelial function in adults: a randomised controlled clinical trial

    The hypocholesterolemic effect of plant stanol ester consumption has been studied extensively, but its effect on cardiovascular health has been less frequently investigated. We studied the effects of plant sta...

    Helena Gylling, Janne Halonen, Harri Lindholm, Jussi Konttinen, Piia Simonen, Markku J Nissinen, Aslak Savolainen, Airi Talvi and Maarit Hallikainen

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2013 13:50

    Published on: 10 July 2013

  8. Research article

    A qualitative synthesis of factors influencing maintenance of lifestyle behaviour change in individuals with high cardiovascular risk

    Management of cardiovascular risk factors includes commitment from patients to adhere to prescribed medications and adopt healthy lifestyles. Unfortunately many fail to take up and maintain the four key health...

    Jenni Murray, Grania Fenton, Stephanie Honey, Ana Claudia Bara, Kate Mary Hill and Allan House

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2013 13:48

    Published on: 6 July 2013

  9. Research article

    Preoperative thrombin generation is predictive for the risk of blood loss after cardiac surgery: a research article

    In this study the value of thrombin generation parameters measured by the Calibrated Automated Thrombography for prediction of blood loss after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass was investigated.

    Yvonne Bosch, Raed Al Dieri, Hugo ten Cate, Patty Nelemans, Saartje Bloemen, Coenraad Hemker, Patrick Weerwind, Jos Maessen and Baheramsjah Mochtar

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2013 8:154

    Published on: 12 June 2013

  10. Research

    Diffuse myocardial fibrosis by T1-mapping in children with subclinical anthracycline cardiotoxicity: relationship to exercise capacity, cumulative dose and remodeling

    The late cardiotoxic effects of anthracycline chemotherapy influence morbidity and mortality in the growing population of childhood cancer survivors. Even with lower anthracycline doses, evidence of adverse ca...

    Edythe B Tham, Mark J Haykowsky, Kelvin Chow, Maria Spavor, Sachie Kaneko, Nee S Khoo, Joseph J Pagano, Andrew S Mackie and Richard B Thompson

    Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2013 15:48

    Published on: 10 June 2013

  11. Research

    Right atrial to left atrial area ratio on early echocardiography predicts long-term survival after acute pulmonary embolism

    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...

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

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:17

    Published on: 31 May 2013

  12. Commentary

    Processing of meats and cardiovascular risk: time to focus on preservatives

    Dietary guidelines emphasize selecting lean (low-fat) meats to reduce saturated fat and cholesterol, but growing evidence suggests that health effects may relate to other ingredients, such as sodium, heme iron...

    Renata Micha, Georgios Michas, Martin Lajous and Dariush Mozaffarian

    BMC Medicine 2013 11:136

    Published on: 23 May 2013

  13. Research article

    Mean platelet volume may predict early clinical outcome after coronary artery bypass grafting

    An elevated mean platelet volume is associated with increased platelet activation and thus may predict thrombotic events. The goal of this study was to investigate the association of the mean platelet volume a...

    Ertekin Utku Unal, Anil Ozen, Sabit Kocabeyoglu, Ahmet Baris Durukan, Sercan Tak, Murat Songur, Umit Kervan and Cemal Levent Birincioglu

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2013 8:91

    Published on: 16 April 2013

  14. Research article

    Body mass index and incident coronary heart disease in women: a population-based prospective study

    A high body mass index (BMI) is associated with an increased risk of mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD); however, a low BMI may also be associated with an increased mortality risk. There is limited in...

    Dexter Canoy, Benjamin J Cairns, Angela Balkwill, F Lucy Wright, Jane Green, Gillian Reeves and Valerie Beral

    BMC Medicine 2013 11:87

    Published on: 2 April 2013

  15. Research

    Peak systolic velocity using color-coded tissue Doppler imaging, a strong and independent predictor of outcome in acute coronary syndrome patients

    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...

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

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:9

    Published on: 1 April 2013

  16. Research article

    Meat consumption and mortality - results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition

    Recently, some US cohorts have shown a moderate association between red and processed meat consumption and mortality supporting the results of previous studies among vegetarians. The aim of this study was to e...

    Sabine Rohrmann, Kim Overvad, H Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, Marianne U Jakobsen, Rikke Egeberg, Anne Tjønneland, Laura Nailler, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Vittorio Krogh, Domenico Palli, Salvatore Panico, Rosario Tumino, Fulvio Ricceri, Manuela M Bergmann, Heiner Boeing…

    BMC Medicine 2013 11:63

    Published on: 7 March 2013

  17. Research article

    Relationship between postprandial glucose level and carotid artery stiffness in patients without diabetes or cardiovascular disease

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between postprandial glucose level and atherosclerosis in patients without diabetes and cardiovascular disease by determining carotid ultrasonographic var...

    Kentaro Watanabe, Tatsuya Suzuki, Motoshi Ouchi, Kazunari Suzuki, Makoto Ohara, Masao Hashimoto, Hidetoshi Yamashita, Masaru Okazaki, Kazuhito Ishii and Kenzo Oba

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2013 13:11

    Published on: 26 February 2013

  18. Research article

    Gender differences in the association of visceral and subcutaneous adiposity with adiponectin in African Americans: the Jackson Heart Study

    Adiponectin, paradoxically reduced in obesity and with lower levels in African Americans (AA), modulates several cardiometabolic risk factors. Because abdominal visceral adipose tissue (VAT), known to be reduc...

    Aurelian Bidulescu, Jiankang Liu, DeMarc A Hickson, Kristen G Hairston, Ervin R Fox, Donna K Arnett, Anne E Sumner, Herman A Taylor and Gary H Gibbons

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2013 13:9

    Published on: 22 February 2013

  19. Research

    Role of 2D strain in the early identification of left ventricular dysfunction and in the risk stratification of systemic sclerosis patients

    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...

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

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2013 11:6

    Published on: 3 February 2013

  20. Research article

    Association of cardiovascular response to an acute resistance training session with the ACE gene polymorphism in sedentary women: a randomized trial

    The aim of the present study was to verify the effects of an acute resistance training (RT) session and insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) on systolic (SBP), diast...

    Jéssica Cardoso de Souza, Ramires Alsamir Tibana, Nuno Manuel Frade de Sousa, Vinícius Carolino de Souza, Margô G O Karnikowski, Jonato Prestes and Carmen Silvia Grubert Campbell

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2013 13:3

    Published on: 10 January 2013

  21. Research article

    A systematic review of patient reported factors associated with uptake and completion of cardiovascular lifestyle behaviour change

    Healthy lifestyles are an important facet of cardiovascular risk management. Unfortunately many individuals fail to engage with lifestyle change programmes. There are many factors that patients report as influ...

    Jenni Murray, Cheryl Leanne Craigs, Kate Mary Hill, Stephanie Honey and Allan House

    BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2012 12:120

    Published on: 8 December 2012