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BACKGROUND The optimum timing of surgery in asymptomatic patients with chronic severe primary degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR) remains controversial, and further markers are needed to improve decision-making. There are limited data that wall stress is increased in MR and may result in ventricular fibrosis. We investigated the hypothesis that chronic(More)
Early-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an under-recognized highly prevalent cardiovascular (CV) risk factor. Despite a clustering of conventional atherosclerotic risk factors, it is hypothesized that nonatherosclerotic processes, including left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and fibrosis, account for a significant excess of CV risk. This cross-sectional(More)
BACKGROUND Alström syndrome is a rare inherited ciliopathy with progressive multisystem involvement. Dilated cardiomyopathy is common in infancy and recurs or presents de novo in adults with high rates of premature cardiovascular death. Although Alström syndrome is characterised by fibrosis in solid organs such as the liver, the pathogenesis of related(More)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been consistently associated with cardiovascular disease; there is an inverse graded relationship between glomerular filtration rate and cardiovascular risk. Early-moderate CKD receives increasing recognition for its role as an independent risk factor as evidenced by its recent inclusion in the Joint British Societies'(More)
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