ABOUT CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNAL OF AFRICA
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.

Important Notice to all Authors:
Manuscript Submission Fee & Article Processing Charge (effective 13 December 2016)


It has become necessary for the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa to charge a manuscripts submission fees for all articles submitted for publication. On acceptance of a manuscript an additional Article Processing Fee will apply before publishing. This is normal for most, if not all, journals. We so far have been able to survive without charging authors for submissions and processing but can no longer do so. We regret that we have to implement this as from the 13 of December 2016. Payment will need to be made online and once payment has been received, the manuscript will be further processed for possible publication.

The payment of the manuscript submission fee and does not guarantee publication of the article. The manuscript submission fee is not refundable in the event of rejection as processing cost will have been incurred. (Payment can be made online with a valid credit card)
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LATEST JOURNALS
Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 28, Issue 6, November/December 2017

• Review of warfarin toxicity in a tertiary hospital in Cape Town
• Medication adherence among cardiac patients in Sudan
• Profile, management and outcomes of pulmonary embolism patients
• Predictive value of ECG abnormalities in pulmonary hypertension
• Survey of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors
• Effect of iloprost and sildenafil on myocardial ischaemia
• Lifestyle interventions and body composition during pregnancy
• Images in Cardiology

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 28, Issue 5, September/October 2017

• Therapy for heart failure secondary to rheumatic mitral regurgitation
• Echocardiographic evaluation for rheumatic valvular heart disease in Rwanda
• Factors affecting interest in cardiothoracic surgery in Nigeria
• Old disease: cardiac hydatid disease and surgical principles
• ECG abnormalities in treatment-naïve HIV subjects in south-east Nigeria
• Red cell distribution width, coronary artery disease and diabetes mellitus
• New insights on obesity and body size perceptions in urban and rural Senegal
• Anaemia and iron deficiency in heart failure in sub-Saharan Africa

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 28, Issue 4, July/Aug 2017

• Changing spectrum of rheumatic mitral regurgitation in Soweto
• Pulmonary embolism in HIV-positive patients in Cape Town
• Nuclear cardiology practices and radiation exposure in Africa
• Risk factors for cardiovascular disease in Cameroonians
• Streptococcal pharyngitis and rheumatic heart disease in Zambia
• Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Port Elizabeth
• Primary care in prevention, treatment and control of cardiovascular
disease
• PASCAR roadmap for 25% hypertension control in Africa by 2025

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 28, Issue 3, May/June 2017

• Cardiometabolic risk factors in sub-Saharan Africa
• Myocardial repolarisation with Mediterranean fever
• Asthma treatment and elastic properties of the aorta
• Community health workers screen for CVD risk
• Effects of Ramadan fasting on children’s heart rate
• Indirect inflammatory markers in myocardial bridging
• Telmisartan and microalbuminuria in diabetes after CABG
• Perceptions of radiation safety training in South Africa

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 28, Issue 2, March/April 2017

• Awareness of hypertension guidelines in Nigeria
• Genetics and CABG patients under 30 years old
• Coronary artery collaterals and left ventricular function
• Obesity in Botswana
• Obesity and risk for hypertension in Nigeria
• Vitamin D and the development of atrial fibrillation
• Early mortality in haemodialysis patients undergoing CABG
• Mortality of patients with acute heart failure in Botswana
• Effect of moderate exercise on coronary heart disease

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 28, Issue 1, January/February 2017

• Peripartum cardiomyopathy at Parirenyatwa Hospital, Zimbabwe
• Non-dipper hypertension associated with slow coronary flow
• Endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness in pre-eclampsia
• Comparison of off- and on-pump beating-heart CABG surgery
• Myocardial dysfunction in children with intrauterine growth restriction
• Availability and distribution of paediatric cardiology services in Nigeria
• Acute heart failure patients in sub-Saharan Africa: THESUS-HF

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 27, Issue 6, November / December 2016

• Effect of colchicine on tuberculous pericarditis
• Hypertension in semi-urban south-western Nigeria
• Uncontrolled hypertension in primary healthcare in DRC
• Body weight and body fat distribution in black SA women
• FTY720 after myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion
• SABPA study: cortisol:BDNF and silent ischaemia in black males
• European Society of Cardiology congress update
• SASCI/SCTSSA guidelines on TAVI in South Africa

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 27, Issue 5, September / October 2016

• Pre-anesthetic ECG findings in children in Nigeria
• Relationship between fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis
• Congenital heart disease and Down syndrome
• Elevated magnesium levels and coronary artery ectasia
• Strain and strain rate echocardiography in Wilson’s disease
• Cardiovascular risk factors in schoolchildren in Angola
• Cardiovascular risk factors in south-western Nigeria

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Cardiovascular Journal of Africa: Volume 27, Issue 4, July / August 2016

• Fine-tuning Heart Assist 5 devices with echocardiography
• Sirtuin 1 in South African Indians with early-onset CAD
• Management of acute MI patients at Nairobi Hospital
• Acquired von Willebrand syndrome and stenosis
• Remedy® biodegradable peripheral stents
• Coated or uncoated oxygenators during CPB surgery
• ECG findings in HIV patients in south-east Nigeria

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LATEST NEWS & REVIEWS
Request for Letters to the Editor (by Prof Patrick Commerford)

The peer-review process is a vital part of scientific publication and seeks to ensure that what is published has been effectively scrutinised for scientific integrity, validity and ethical conduct in research. No matter how good peer review may be it is inevitably, by its very nature, limited to the opinions of a small number of reviewers and editors.

An important part of peer review, little mentioned, occurs after publication when the published work is exposed to a very much wider audience. This readership is often in a better position to offer critical opinions or commendations than the initial reviewers and is able to make its opinion known through letters to the editor. When these are published they offer important insights into the merit or otherwise of prior articles and serve an important educational purpose.

Sadly of late there have been few such letters submitted to this journal. I encourage all readers of this journal to consider submitting letters of criticism or acclaim to the journal for consideration for publication. Ideally they should be brief and to the point, referencing the article under discussion with no more than three to five additional references. All letters will be submitted to the author of the original article, offering a right of reply. The letter and response, if forthcoming, will be published
together. Letters to the editor (and the response) will not be subjected to further review but will be accepted or rejected based on the opinion of the editor.

The contributions by readers criticising or commenting on published work are an important part of scientific and clinical responsibility for all of us and I encourage all readers to participate actively so as to enhance the scientific integrity and value of the CVJA. Detailed instructions for authors of letters to the editor will be added to the website shortly but in the interim I will gladly accept submissions under the conditions outlined above.

Please email your request to the Editorial Office »
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Request for Images in Cardiology (by Prof Patrick Commerford)

In an attempt to diversify the content of the journal and to cater for the ever-growing importance of diverse imaging modalities, I plan to develop a series of ‘Images in Cardiology’. The exact requirements will be posted in the instructions for authors on the journal website shortly. In the interim, I invite the submission of suitable images for consideration for publication. The images should be of high quality and suitable for publication, as already specified on the website. They should be accompanied by a brief clinical vignette, a report of why the imaging modality was chosen and how it contributed to patient outcome. A description of the results of imaging, suitably labelled with arrows or other markers, indicating areas of particular interest is essential. A maximum of five references may be supplied. Priority will be given to images of cardiac diseases commonly seen in Africa. Submissions will be subject to peer review by experts in the field.

Please email your request to the Editorial Office »
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Measuring publication impact, and publishing and funding models

The impact factor, or, more correctly, the journal impact factor [JIF; Thompsons Reuters (ISI)] has featured in previous reports of the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa (CVJA). As expected, it has been steadily rising and is now at 1.022 (2015). This is not to be scoffed at. Of the 14 listed medical journals in Africa, it is third to the South African Medical Journal (SAMJ; JIF = 1.5).

Similarly, in another major database, Scopus, it ranks at number 184 out of 333 journals of cardiovascular medicine globally. Within Africa it is the only cardiovascular journal indexed by Thompson Reuters and also by Scopus. These statistics are based on citations to articles that appear in journals, and formulae that relate the number of citations to published articles in a journal over a given time period, and are part of the more extensive ways of evaluating scientific output under the umbrella term bibliometrics.

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Cardio News: Frontline initiatives in early myocardial reperfusion with ST -elevation myocardial infarction

Concern has been expressed by leading cardiologists in Africa about the lack of preparedness of healthcare services on this continent in relation to the management of non-communicable diseases and, specifically, cardiovascular disease. This may be attributable to a paucity of surveillance data and registries, a shortage of physicians and cardiologists, interventional measures not being in place, inadequate diagnostic capabilities, and misguided opinions, as reported.

From the South African 2011 census, we know that low household income compounds the problem of inadequate healthcare provision, and also lack of transport to facilities where optimal care can be provided timeously. Public sector clinic services are utilised by 61.2% of households, public hospitals by 9.5%, and private hospitals, private clinics and other services by only about 5% of households. A disparity is evident between the health facility used and the population group, in that 17% of black South Africans versus 88% of white and 64% of Indian households visit private health facilities.

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FIRST ADVANCE ONLINE PUBLICATION (ePUBLICATION AHEAD OF PRINT)
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 »
Prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolaemia among adults in Dande municipality, Angola

Published: 14 December 2017
 
 
Double trouble: psoriasis and cardiometabolic disorders

Published: 13 December 2017
 
 
Atherosclerotic disease is the predominant aetiology of acute coronary syndrome in young adults

Published: 12 December 2017
 
 
The challenge in diagnosing coarctation of the aorta

Published: 11 December 2017
 
 
Upper limb ischaemia: a South African single-centre experience

Published: 8 December 2017
 
 
Comparison of carotid intima–media thickness and coronary artery calcium score for estimating subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with fatty liver disease

Published: 8 December 2017
 
 
Assessment of left atrial function in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus with a disease duration of six months

Published: 30 November 2017
 
 
Acute type A aortic dissection involving the iliac and left renal arteries, misdiagnosed as myocardial infarction

Published: 03 November 2017
 
 
Cardiac diastolic function after recovery from pre-eclampsia

Published: 31 August 2017
 
 
The aetiology of cardiovascular disease: a role for mitochondrial DNA?

Published: 25 August 2017
 
 
A comparative study on the cardiac morphology and vertical jump height of adolescent black South African male and female amateur competitive footballers

Published: 15 August 2017
 
 
Effects of age on systemic inflamatory response syndrome and results of coronary bypass surgery

Published: 23 May 2017
 
 
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