Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal (SCAND CARDIOVASC J)

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Journal description

Formerly Scandinavian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal is published by the Society for the Publication of the Key Foundation, Sweden. As of 1997, it is promoted in collaboration between the Scandinavian Societies of Cardiology in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the Scandinavian Association for Thoracic Surgery, which all have adopted the journal as their official organ. The principal aim of the journal is to promote cardiovascular research that crosses the borders between disciplines. The journal is a forum for the entire field of cardiovascular research, basic and clinical, thoracic surgery, transplantation, interventional cardiology and extracorporeal technology. Manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication on the understanding that they have not been published, simultaneously submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. Instructions for authors should be strictly followed. The journal is published in English, with six issues a year.

Current impact factor: 1.03

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.027
2013 Impact Factor 1.104
2012 Impact Factor 0.819
2011 Impact Factor 0.926
2010 Impact Factor 0.895
2009 Impact Factor 1.07
2008 Impact Factor 0.908
2006 Impact Factor 1.037
2005 Impact Factor 0.757
2004 Impact Factor 0.731
2003 Impact Factor 0.573
2002 Impact Factor 0.44
2001 Impact Factor 0.607
2000 Impact Factor 0.508
1999 Impact Factor 0.472
1998 Impact Factor 0.271
1997 Impact Factor

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.02
Cited half-life 6.50
Immediacy index 0.33
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.36
Website Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal website
Other titles Scandinavian cardiovascular journal (Online)
ISSN 1401-7431
OCLC 37664074
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Informa Healthcare

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    • NIH funded authors may post articles to PubMed Central for release 12 months after publication
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: New dual antiplatelet therapies (DAPTs) have been introduced in clinical practice for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This nationwide study investigated DAPT patterns over time and patient characteristics associated with the various treatments in a population with ACS. Design: This observational cohort study linked morbidity, mortality, and medication data from Swedish national registries. Results: Overall, 91% (104,012 patients) of all patients admitted to the hospital with an ACS (2009-2013) were alive after discharge and included in this study. Compared with 2009, in 2013 patients investigated with angiography increased by 10%, patients revascularized with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) increased by 11%, and patients prescribed DAPT increased by 8%. Mean DAPT duration increased from 225 to 298 days in patients investigated with angiography, and from 155 to 208 days in patients who were not investigated with angiography. Furthermore, in patients undergoing angiography a treatment switch from clopidogrel to ticagrelor was observed. DAPT with prasugrel was used to a low extent. Approximately 10% of patients initiated on prasugrel or ticagrelor switched to clopidogrel during first year of treatment. Conclusion: During the study more patients underwent angiography and PCI. There was an increase in the proportion of ACS patients receiving DAPT, as well as longer duration of DAPT in line with ESC guidelines. Among DAPT treated patients, ticagrelor has emerged as the preferred P2Y12 antagonist in patients undergoing angiography, whereas clopidogrel tended to be prescribed to patients treated non-invasively.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 11/2015; DOI:10.3109/14017431.2015.1119304

  • Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 08/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: Mitral annular calcification (MAC) and atherosclerosis are similar in regard to risk factors and pathogenesis. Increased platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) has been shown to be associated with atherosclerotic diseases in previous studies. In this study, we aimed to show the association of PLR levels with the presence of MAC. DESIGN: A total of 1060 patients [n = 704 MAC (+), and n = 356 MAC (-)] who were admitted to our cardiology department were enrolled between January 2014 and December 2014. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory parameters of all participants were recorded. PLR was calculated from the complete blood count. RESULTS: The MAC (+) group comprised of those older in age and having a higher rate of hypertension. The mean PLR value was also significantly higher in the MAC (+) group, as compared to that in the MAC (-) group (129.1 ± 32.2 vs 103.5 ± 23.8, p < 0.001). There was a statistically significant and positive correlation between the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and PLR (r = 0.644, p < 0.001). Age, hypertension, mean platelet volume, NLR, and PLR (OR: 1.109, 95% CI: 1.101-1.123, p < 0.001) were independently associated with the presence of MAC. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrated that the PLR was significantly increased in patients with MAC, and that the PLR was independently associated with the presence of MAC.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/14017431.2015.1076935
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To assess the relationship between hematological inflammatory signs, cardiovascular risk (CV) factors and prognosis in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and coronary artery ectasia (CAE). Design: We investigated 3321 AMI patients who required urgent primary percutaneous intervention, in two centres in the United Kingdom between January 2009 and August 2012. Thirty patients with CAE were compared with 60 age- and gender-matched controls. Blood was collected within 2 hours of the onset of chest pain. CV risk factors were assessed from the records. Major acute cardiac events and/or mortality (MACE) over two years were documented. Results: CAE occurred in 2.7 % and more often affected the right (RCA) (p= 0.001) and left circumflex artery (LCx) (0.0001). Culprit lesions were more frequently related to atherosclerosis in non-CAE patients (p=0.001). Yet, CV risk factors failed to differentiate between the groups, except diabetes, which was less frequent in CAE (p= 0.02). CRP was higher in CAE (p=0.006), whereas total leucocyte, neutrophil counts and neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (N/L ratio) were lower (p=0.002, 0.002 and 0.032, respectively) than among non-CAE. This also was the case in diffuse vs. localized CAE (p=0.02, 0.008 and 0.03, respectively). The MACE incidence did not differ between CAE and non-CAE (p=0.083) patients, and clinical management and MACE were unrelated to the inflammatory markers. Conclusion: In AMI, patients with CAE commonly have aneurysmal changes in RCA and LCx, and their inflammatory responses differ from those with non-CAE. These differences did not have prognostic relevance, and do not suggest different management.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 03/2014;

  • Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 01/2011; 45:14.
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    ABSTRACT: A 24-year-old woman with catamenial haemoptysis was treated with the antioestrogenic drug danazol for suspected pulmonary endometriosis. The haemoptysis then ceased, but rapidly recurred when the patient discontinued the medication 3 months later because of severe side effects. Lobectomy was performed, and the diagnosis histologically confirmed, 14 months after the onset of symptoms. Thereafter the patient was free from haemoptysis.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 27(2). DOI:10.3109/14017439309098701
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    ABSTRACT: In 20 dogs, the spleen was split in two parts, and the cranial portion was pulled through the diaphragm and sutured to the heart. In 8 of 12 dogs, the epicardium was peeled off. In 9 of the dogs local myocardial is-chaemia was attempted by ligating coronary artery branches and in one dog an aluminium needle was inserted into a coronary artery so as to produce gradual thrombosis. The dogs were killed or died 2–111 days after the operation. The heart and spleen were removed en bloc. Mixobar was injected through the splenic artery at a pressure of about 80 mm Hg. A good filling of the splenic vasculature was produced in 12 specimens. These were used for further examinations. Fibrosis was found in the “contact area” between the spleen and myocardium of dogs surviving more than 7 days. The degree of fibrosis was roughly correlated to survival time. Contrast medium was found in the “contact area” in all but 2 of the 12 specimens. This was seen as early as 2 days after the operation and also in dogs with intact epicardium. Contrast medium in the coronary vessels was found in one specimen. Spleeno-myocardial pexia does not appear to be a worthwhile method for producing myocardial revas-cularization in dogs.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 4(2). DOI:10.3109/14017437009134256
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    ABSTRACT: A spontaneous development of left-sided chylothorax was observed in an otherwise healthy patient. Repeated thoracocenteses were performed and followed by left-sided explorative thoracotomy, including ligation of the thoracic duct. Exudation of lymph into the pleural cavity was thus arrested. The various causes of a development of chylothorax are summarized, and the basis on which the diagnosis may be established is briefly discussed together with the therapeutical results.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 8(2). DOI:10.3109/14017437409130747
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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic dilatation of the right atrium in a young woman is reported. Thoracotomy was performed for suspected pericardial cyst. Intraoperative findings suggested idiopathic right atrial dilatation, which was histologically confirmed. Two years after partial resection of the dilated right atrial wall the patient is doing well. Management of asymptomatic idiopathic dilatation of the right atrium should be medical, surgery being reserved for patients with symptoms.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 18(3). DOI:10.3109/14017438409109889
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    ABSTRACT: Thymolipoma is a rare, benign, mediastinal tumour. Thirty-four cases have previously been reported in the literature available to us. One further case is described here. A symptomless 35-year-old man had been misdiagnosed for cardiac enlargement 20 years before he was sent to the hospital. A tumour of 2 000 g was surgically removed. It was asymptomatic, consisted of a large solid mass and extended as long branches in the loose tissue between the mediastinal organs. Histological examination revealed mature fat tissue with islets and strands of thymic tissue.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 7(1). DOI:10.3109/14017437309139169
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    ABSTRACT: The morphological and physiological characteristics in five cases of Barrett's syndrome are described. All the patients had a stricture at the junction between the two types of epithelium as well as hiatal hernia with reflux. In addition, three patients had ulcers in the area lined with columnar epithelium. The epithelium distal to the stricture was studied by light microscopy in all 5 cases and by electron microscopy in one. No parietal or main cells were demonstrated, but the surface epithelium showed the same characteristics as the surface epithelium in the stomach. Electron microscopy disclosed two types of granulated cells, which have so far been detected only in the stomach. It is concluded, therefore, that the oesophageal mucosa was of the same type as in the cardia. A finding of particular interest was granulated cells of type G, showing the same electron microscopic characteristics as the gastrin-producing cells in the stomach. In one case manometry was used as a diagnostic aid. This procedure must be considered a valuable supplement to cinematographic X-ray examination and oeso-phagoscopy. This applies especially in differentiating between cases of Barrett's syndrome with low stenosis and cases of hiatal hernia with oesophagitis and stricture, but without abnormal epithelial lining.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 6(2). DOI:10.3109/14017437209134800
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    ABSTRACT: Furiher to previous reports in the literature on 30 cases of thymolipoma, one further such case is clinically and histopathologically described. A tumour weighing HOOg was was incidentally discovered in an otherwise healthy man, 20 years old, whose X-ray examination suggested an enlarged heart. This benign, rare mediastinal tumour is usually asymptomatic or causes mechanical compression of mediastinal organs. Histologically, there are islets and strands of thymic tissue intermingled with mature fat cells.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 2(2). DOI:10.3109/14017436809131897
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    ABSTRACT: The results of surgical closure of atrial septal defect of secundum type (ASD) in 28 patients over 40 years of age with a closed method, circumclusion ad modum Søndergaard, are presented. One death occurred in the postoperative period caused by cerebral embolism in a patient with increased pressure in the pulmonary artery and atrial fibrillation. The most frequent postoperative complications were transient atrial arrhythmias and the post-pericardiotomy syndrome. The pressures in the pulmonary artery decreased in all patients, who had increased pressures pre-operatively. In two patients with pulmonary vascular resistance of 6 mmHg/l/min before operation the resistance was significantly reduced postoperatively. Residual shunts of less than 30% of the systemic flow were present in 4 cases. The ASD recurred years after the operation in two patients. At follow-up examinations on an average 44 months after operation, 75% had improved. In 20 cases the heart was reduced in size. In the remaining 6 the heart size was unchanged or larger, in spite of eliminated shunts in 5 of the 6 patients. Of 8 patients with atrial fibrillation before operation, two gained stable sinus rhythm postoperatively. It is concluded that circumclusion is also an effective method in the elderly patient with ASD and that such patients should undergo surgical repair of the defect.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 14(2). DOI:10.3109/14017438009100991
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    ABSTRACT: Pulmonary vein blood flow in mitral valve disease was studied peroperatively in 10 patients undergoing valve replacement. Flow was recorded using a Nycotron electromagnetic flowmeter with a cuff type probe on the right upper pulmonary vein. Pressures in the left atrium and ventricle were recorded simultaneously. the recordings were made both before cannulation for extracorporeal circulation and after mitral valve replacement. the flow curves had a pulsatile pattern and reflected the pressure events in the left atrium. Forward flow reached maximum during ventricular diastole and was reversed during ventricular systole. Maximum retrograde flow coincided with a peak of the left atrial v-wave. With a few exceptions, there was good agreement between the degree of pulmonary vein retrograde flow and grade of mitral insufficiency at left ventricular angiography. After valve replacement, no retrograde pulmonary vein flow was observed. in the majority of patients the v-wave in the left atrium was markedly reduced by surgery. the generation and the relationship of the left atrial v-wave and the retrograde pulmonary vein flow is discussed. It is concluded that the method described may be useful as a reference method when evaluating the degree of mitral insufficiency. It is a valuable tool for the analysis of the haemodynamic events in the left atrium and the pulmonary veins in heart disease.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 9(1). DOI:10.3109/14017437509137620
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    ABSTRACT: A case of aortic coarctation combined with an anomalous right subclavian artery with both subclavian arteries arising distal to the coarctation is described. Bilateral reversion of the blood flow in both vertebrals was demonstrated. The main collaterals between the carotid arteries and the vertebrals were extracranial. The intra-cerebral circulation was unaffected. The patient, a nine-year-old boy, was successfully treated by operation.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 4(2). DOI:10.3109/14017437009134258
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    ABSTRACT: A report is presented of 93 patients referred for specialist management of thoracic injuries in the 5-year period 1973–1978. Penetrating trauma to the thorax had been sustained by 18 patients and blunt trauma by 75. Falls and traffic accidents were the most common causes (32 and 35 cases). Rib fractures were the most frequent lesions, and 10 of these 67 patients had flail chest. Hemothorax and/or pneumothorax were found in four-fifths of the patients. The diaphragm was torn in five cases. Three had lesions of the heart and/or pericardium and one patient had a tracheal lesion. Closed pleural drainage was the most commonly used treatment. Thoracotomy was performed in 10 of the 93 patients. The mortality rate in the series (10%) agreed with findings from other, similar studies.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 20(1). DOI:10.3109/14017438609105917
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    ABSTRACT: Internal mammary artery intramyocardial implantations were performed in 24 dogs. In 11 dogs three main branches of the implant were left open in the myocardial tunnel. In 13 dogs all major branches of the implant were ligated prior to the implantation. Six of the dogs with open branches of the implant and six with ligated branches were sacrificed, after at least 45 days, whereafter contrast medium was injected into the implanted artery. In five living dogs with open implant branches and seven with ligated branches, contrast medium was injected into the implanted artery at least 66 days after the implantation. Micro-angiographical and histological investigations revealed that there was a wider and denser distribution of contrast medium in the myocardium of dogs in which branches had been left open in the myocardial tunnel than in those with all major branches ligated. Thrombosis was seen in one implant with open branches, and was restricted to its distal segment. The results indicate that open implant branches facilitate the development of anastomosing vessels between the implant and the myocardial vasculature, and that the blood flowing through this vascular system can reach the myocardial capillaries. They further indicate that the more extensive exposure of damaged intima in implants with open branches does not enhance thrombus formation. Thus, intramyocardial vessel implants for revascularization purposes should have as many open branches as possible.
    Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal 07/2009; 5(1). DOI:10.3109/14017437109131947