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Primary Care Services and Management of Cardiovascular Diseases

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Infectious Diseases, Chronic Diseases, and Disease Prevention".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2024 | Viewed by 8811

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Department of Internal Medicine II, Division of Angiology, Medical University of Vienna, 1090 Wien, Austria
Interests: cardiovascular diseases; microcirculation; platelets; coagulation
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Dear Colleagues, 

Despite advances in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, cardiovascular diseases still confer a growing global health burden.

The current Special Issue will comprise manuscripts considering the management of patients with cardiovascular diseases in primary care as well as new approaches to diagnostics, treatment, and health care management. Special attention will also be given to the current pandemic, which is a current challenge facing the health care system, as clinicians need to be aware of new complications. Herein, researchers are encouraged to submit manuscripts focusing on the outcomes of patients with cardiovascular diseases and/or (rare) complications after COVID-19 infection. Original manuscripts, reviews, case reports, study design papers, and opinions are welcome in this Special Issue.

Dr. Patricia Pia Wadowski
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • capillaries
  • cardiovascular disease
  • glycocalyx
  • health care management
  • heart failure
  • ischemia
  • microcirculation
  • peripheral artery disease
  • platelets
  • SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • vasculitis

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Editorial
Cardiovascular Disease Management in the Context of Global Crisis
by Patricia P. Wadowski, Aleksandra Piechota-Polańczyk, Martin Andreas and Christoph W. Kopp
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(1), 689; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20010689 - 30 Dec 2022
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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) initiated a pandemic that has deteriorated health care access and thus disadvantaged vulnerable populations [...] Full article
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Expert Perspectives on the Effectiveness of Psychotherapy
by Henriette Löffler-Stastka, Andreas Ronge-Toloraya, Simeon Hassemer and Karl Krajic
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(18), 6739; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20186739 - 11 Sep 2023
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The effectiveness of psychotherapeutic care, as well as the implementation of adequate improvements, are in question. A qualitative interview study was carried out in a cyclical research design with a comparative analysis on the basis of thematic coding using Grounded Theory Methodology. An [...] Read more.
The effectiveness of psychotherapeutic care, as well as the implementation of adequate improvements, are in question. A qualitative interview study was carried out in a cyclical research design with a comparative analysis on the basis of thematic coding using Grounded Theory Methodology. An overview of the design, sampling procedure, and data analysis is given. A variety of critical perspectives emerged concerning the state of psychotherapeutic care in Austria. Two perspectives are presented in this paper as interim results: a health care administration perspective states a general lack of knowledge and a possible unmet need, problematizes the underutilized benefit of psychotherapists and describes a shift in regard to the issue of effectiveness of care to the topic of access to psychotherapeutic care and to a problem with the care and work ethics of professionals. In this perspective, one solution may be to implement intermediary organizations, clearinghouses with multi-professional teams, comprehensive documentation and an indication-oriented approach. The health insurance perspective also claims the organization-specific action problem and the lack of rules for clearing in such intermediary organizations, as well as the relevance of regulated, limited access to psychotherapy. Full article
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Case Report
A Case of Autoimmune Small Fiber Neuropathy as Possible Post COVID Sequelae
by Noel G. Panagiotides, Fritz Zimprich, Klaus Machold, Oliver Schlager, Markus Müller, Sebastian Ertl, Henriette Löffler-Stastka, Renate Koppensteiner and Patricia P. Wadowski
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(6), 4918; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20064918 - 10 Mar 2023
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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is reported to induce and augment autoimmune processes. Moreover, postinfectious effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are still poorly understood and often resemble symptoms of the acute infection phase. A patient with swollen extremities was [...] Read more.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is reported to induce and augment autoimmune processes. Moreover, postinfectious effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are still poorly understood and often resemble symptoms of the acute infection phase. A patient with swollen extremities was presented to the Department of Angiology at the Medical University of Vienna with complaints of muscle and joint pain, paresthesia, and arterial hypertension with intense headache. Prior to these complaints, she had been suffering from various symptoms since November 2020, following a SARS-CoV-2 infection in the same month. These included recurrent sore throat, heartburn, dizziness, and headache. Paresthesia and muscle and joint pain started in temporal relation to a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. Since the patient was suffering from severe pain, intensive pain management was performed. Skin and nerve biopsies revealed autoimmune small fiber neuropathy. The patient’s condition could be related to COVID-19, as her first symptoms began in temporal relation to the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Furthermore, in the disease course, antinuclear (ANA) and anti-Ro antibodies, as well as anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies, could be detected. Together with the symptoms of xerophthalmia and pharyngeal dryness, primary Sjögren’s syndrome was diagnosed. In conclusion, though biopsy results could not distinguish a cause of the disease, SARS-CoV-2 infection can be discussed as a likely trigger for the patient’s autoimmune reactions. Full article
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