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

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 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

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Publications in this journal

  • Sadık Kadri Açıkgöz · Mehmet Kadri Akboğa · Eser Açıkgöz · Çağrı Yayla · Barış Şensoy · Sinan Aydoğdu
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Since non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients with totally occluded infarct related artery (TO-IRA) have worse prognosis, it is important to recognize TO-IRA in NSTEMI. Red cell distribution width (RDW) and mean platelet volume (MPV) are novel markers of inflammation and oxidative stress and were associated with poor clinical outcomes in acute coronary syndrome. In the present study, association of RDW and MPV with the presence of TO-IRA in NSTEMI was investigated. Methods: Data of 201 consecutive patients who underwent coronary angiography with a diagnosis of NSTEMI were analysed. Independent predictors of TO-IRA were investigated with logistic regression analysis. Results: Sixty six (32.8%) of the patients had TO-IRA. In patients with TO-IRA, RDW and troponin-T were significantly higher and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was lower. MPV did not differ between groups. Circumflex (CX) IRA was more common in TO-IRA group. The ROC curve analysis showed that the RDW at a cut-point of 13.95% has 76% sensitivity and 66% specificity in detecting TO-IRA. RDW, troponin-T, LVEF and CX-IRA were independent predictors of TO-IRA in NSTEMI, but MPV was not. Conclusion: RDW is a cheap and readily available marker that may have a role to predict TO-IRA in NSTEMI.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Coronary angiography is the golden standard when myocardial ischaemia after CABG occurs. We summarize our experience of acute coronary angiography after CABG. Design: All 4,446 patients (mean age 68 ± 9 years, 22% women) who underwent CABG 2007 to 2012 were included in this retrospective observational study. Incidence, indications, findings, measures of acute angiography after CABG was assessed. Outcome variables were compared between patients who underwent angiography and those who did not. Results: Eighty-seven patients (2%) underwent acute coronary angiography. Patients undergoing angiography had ECG changes (92%), echocardiographic alterations (48%), haemodynamic instability (28%), angina (15%), and/or arrhythmia (13%). Positive findings were detected in 69% of the cases. Only ECG changes as indication for angiography had a moderate association with positive findings, but the precision increased if other sign(s) of ischaemia were present. Thirty-day mortality (7% vs. 2%, P = 0.002) was higher and midterm-cumulative survival lower (77% vs. 87% at five years, p = 0.043) in angiography patients Conclusions: Acute angiography is a rare event after CABG. Postoperative myocardial ischaemia leading to acute coronary angiography is associated with increased short-term and mid-term mortality.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal
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    ABSTRACT: Background Experimental evidence suggests that anesthetic preconditioning and postconditioning could effectively attenuate myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. In this study, we aimed at investigating whether there are age-associated differences in response to sevoflurane postconditioning during myocardial I/R injury in young and old rats, and explore the underlying molecular mechanisms. Methods Young and old rats were subjected to 30 min myocardial ischemia, followed by 2 h of reperfusion, with or without sevoflurane postconditioning. Results Both 1 and 2 minimal aveolar concentration (MAC) sevoflurane postconditioning reduced infarct size (IS) (34 ± 3% and 32 ± 2% vs. 58 ± 5%, p < 0.05) and apoptotic index (8 ± 1% and 7 ± 1% vs. 15 ± 2%, p < 0.05) in young rats, compared to young control group. In contrast, they could not reduce IS (45 ± 3% and 43 ± 3% vs. 47 ± 3%, p > 0.05) and apoptotic index (28 ± 3% and 25 ± 2%, vs. 26 ± 2%, p > 0.05) in old rats, compared to old control group. Mechanistically, we found that the phosphorylation of both Akt and ERK1/2 but not STAT3 was substantially enhanced after sevoflurane postconditioning in young rats, compared to young control group, but not in old rats, relative to old control group. Conclusion There are age-related differences after exposure to sevoflurane postconditioning that protects young, but not old rat hearts against I/R injury, which may be at least associated with the inability to activate Akt and ERK1/2.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal
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    ABSTRACT: Objective Infarct-related artery (IRA) patency yields a better outcome in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Red cell distribution width (RDW) emerges as a marker of adverse cardiovascular events and mortality in STEMI. Therefore, we aimed to assess the relationship between IRA patency and RDW value on admission in patients with STEMI undergoing primary PCI. Methods A total of 564 patients with STEMI undergoing primary PCI were recruited in this study. According to thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow grade in the IRA before PCI, the study population was divided into two groups as TIMI 0 or 1 group (occluded IRA, n = 398) and TIMI 2 or 3 group (patent IRA, n = 166). Results RDW was significantly higher in the occluded IRA group (15.1 ± 1.7 versus 13.4 ± 1.3, p < 0.001) as compared to the patent IRA group. White blood cell (WBC) count, platelet count, creatine kinase-myocardial band (CK-MB) and troponin-I levels were also significantly higher in the occluded IRA group (p < 0.05). Moreover, RDW showed positive correlations with troponin-I (r = 0.397, p < 0.001), CK-MB (r = 0.344, p < 0.001) and WBC (r = 0.219, p < 0.001). In multivariate regression analysis, RDW (OR: 0.483, 95% CI: 0.412-0.567, p < 0.001) and WBC count were significantly and independently associated with IRA patency. Conclusions Our findings suggested that RDW value and WBC count on admission were independent predictors of IRA patency in patients with STEMI. As RDW is an easily available, simple and cheap biomarker, it can be used in daily practice as a novel predictor for IRA patency.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular 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.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal

  • No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal
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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.
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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.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2014 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal

  • No preview · Article · Jan 2011 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2009 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal
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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. © 1993 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.
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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.
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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. © 1974 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.
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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. © 1984 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.
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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.
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2009 · Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal