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 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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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 25, Issue 3, May / June 2014

• Topical rifamycin in diabetics undergoing CABG
• Carbon monoxide poisoning and cardiac repolarisation
• Platelet volume and myocardial perfusion defect in diabetics
• Cardiac preconditioning in isolated perfused hearts
• Quality of life in patients with atherosclerosis obliterans or Buerger’s disease
• Simultaneous CABG and carotid endarterectomy
• Understanding the rise in CVD in Africa
• Novel risk markers in women with ischaemic heart disease
• Emergency endovascular repair of ruptured mycotic aneurysm

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 25, Issue 2, March / April 2014

• Comparison of left ventricular ejection fractions
• Infective endocarditis and HIV
• Neonatal arrhythmias
• Behcet’s disease and cardiovascular involvement
• Topical hypothermia in CABG surgery
• Intra-uterine growth restriction and hypertension
• Impact of prehypertension in adult black Nigerians
• Optimal utilisation of sulphonylureas
• Perforation during radiofrequency catheter ablation

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From the Editor's Desk

I am delighted to have been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa and believe it appropriate in this first issue in which I am involved to pay tribute to my predecessors, to acknowledge my previous error and express my hope that I can continue the traditions of the Journal.

When the late Professor Andries Brink approached me as a newly appointed head of Cardiology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital in the late 1980s with his innovative proposal for a uniquely South African cardiology journal, I was not enthusiastic. I responded with youthful arrogance and ignorance that ‘there were more than enough journals and we did not need another one’. How wrong that was!

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Industry News: Cipla Medpro wins R280-million State therapeutic drugs tender

Cipla Medpro, the third largest pharmaceutical company in South Africa, today announced that it has been awarded a R280 million share of the South African Government’s national solid-dose tender to supply therapeutic drugs. The contract is effective from 1 August 2014 and will run for a period of two years. According to Cipla Medpro, the majority of products to be supplied will be in the mental health, cardiovascular and women’s health categories.

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Letter to the Editor: Adverse effects of the ‘Noakes’ diet on dyslipidaemia

There has been much hype and controversy over the so-called ‘Noakes’ diet. This diet advocates a low-cardohydrate, highfat and high-protein intake. As previously reported in the Journal, Noakes has expressed the view that this diet coupled with exercise could have a favourable impact on lipid levels and potentially avoid the need for drug therapy.

In that same report, it was noted that this has not been subjected to scientific validation. More recently the ability of the Noakes diet to give better weight-control results than a ‘balanced diet’ has been questioned.

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15th Annual SA Heart Congress

SA Heart Congress 2014 will be held in Durban, from 16 - 19 October, with the central theme being 'Bridging the Divide'. This is the divide that exists between current best practice - and the challenges encountered in implementing these ideals. All medical and allied professionals with an interest in cardiac health are warmly invited by the organising committee to attend.

Congress Information available at www.saheartcongress2014.co.za »
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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