The Cardiovascular Journal of Africa (CVJA) is an international peer-reviewed journal that keeps cardiologists up to date with advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Topics covered include coronary disease, electrophysiology, valve disease, imaging techniques, congenital heart disease (fetal, paediatric & adult), heart failure, surgery, & basic science. CVJA is the official journal of the PASCAR and has been published since 1990.
Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 25, Issue 6, November / December 2014

• Guidelines to facilitate early reperfusion for STEMI in Africa
• Patient education for anxiety after cardiovascular surgery
• Congenital heart disease in the Niger Delta
• Prevalence of hypertension in Gambia and Sierra Leone
De novo atrial fibrillation post cardiac surgery
• South African hypertension practice guideline 2014
• The cardioprotective diet: carbohydrates versus fat
• Shoshin beriberi presenting as cardiogenic shock improved with thiamine
• ICD implantation with Fontan operation for double-inlet left ventricle

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 25, Issue 5, September / October 2014

• Access to cardiac surgery and outcomes in Uganda
• Effects of rosuvastatin in a rat model of myocardial ischaemia–reperfusion
• Data from the Abeokuta Heart Failure Registry
• Thrombolysis risk prediction in South African patients
• Hypertensive retinopathy in Congolese patients
• Plasma NT pro-brain natriuretic peptide in cardiac remodelling
• Troubleshooting techniques for the Endurant™ device
• Aortic valve disease in the elderly
• Coronary artery bypass grafting in Behçet’s disease

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 25, Issue 4, July / August 2014

• Cognitive decline: role of the RAAS
• Sudden cardiac death in Africa
• Ambulatory blood pressure profiles in HIV-positive patients
• Evaluation of African patients at risk of venous thrombosis
• Infliximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
• The Pan-African SCD study
• Clinical applications of cardiovascular MRI
• Ross procedure used in Aspergillus endocarditis with bicuspid aortic valve

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News: South African Heart Association Congress 2014

The 15th annual South African Heart Congress for 2014 was held at the Durban ICC from 16 to 19 October 2014, with Dr Sajidah Kahn as convener. The Cardiovascular Journal of Africa was represented at the conference by the editor-in-chief of the journal, Prof Patrick Commerford, and the regional editor for South Africa, Prof Rhena Delport. The theme for the congress was ‘bridging the divide’ between best practice and current challenges in the management of cardiovascular conditions.

In keeping with the congress intent, the prize for the best scientific article published in 2013 in the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa was awarded by an independent panel to Dr Jane Moses, the first author of the article ‘Non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) in three hospital settings in South Africa: doesgeography influence managenent and outcome? A retrospective cohort study’.

The contribution of the other authors (Anton F Herbst, Philip G Klusmann, Karl JC Weich and SVH Hellmuth) is also acknowledged. Prof Patrick Commerford presented the award on behalf of the journal.
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Cardio News: New centre to revolutionise cardiac care in Africa

Ground-breaking new radial angiography service offered in the Western Cape will alleviate cardiac care bottlenecks and set the tone for others in Africa to follow

A pioneering cardiac service in radial angiography, currently not available elsewhere on the continent, will now be offered at a new cardiac care centre at the Division of Cardiology, Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape. Launched on 10 November 2014, the new state-of-the art facility, under the directive of SUNHEART and the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, has seen a multi-million rand investment by key private and public partners, of which Medtronic is the principle partner. This will enable the Division of Cardiology to offer advanced cardiac care to more patients, especially from previously disadvantaged communities in and around the Western Cape, and alleviate current angiography bottlenecks in the region.

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Conference Report: The way forward for clinical research in Cameroon: First scientific and research day in Douala, 2014

There is a huge need for health research to support contextually relevant health service and policy solutions to better the health of populations in sub-Saharan Africa. This need contrasts with the very timid engagement of healthcare practitioners in research in the region.

It is against this background that the Douala General Hospital (a tertiarycare hospital in Cameroon), under the stewardship of its chief executive officer, organised the first annual scientific and research day in October 2014. This maiden event saw the participation of local research leaders and the eminent director of the South African Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa, who co-chaired the event. The aim was to educate students, clinicians and junior researchers on the importance of clinical research and evidence-based medicine around the leading theme of the event: action for clinical research and good medical practice.

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Best Article Winner

Congratulations to our 2013 best article winner Dr Jane Moses & co-authors for their article: Non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) in three hospital settings in South Africa: does geography influence management and outcome? A retrospective cohort study: cardiovascular topics published in the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa Vol 24 issue 4.
The Cardiovascular Journal of Africa has launched an Online First Advance Online Publication (ePublication ahead of print) with full text availability via Pubmed and this website which is accessible via Google and other search engines.

This facility is also known internationally as e-publication, ahead of print and offers authors the opportunity to publish their research articles sooner for an international audience. Read More »

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