Special Issue "Food, Drugs and Environmental Exposures as Triggers of Myocardial Injury and Myocardial Infarction"

A special issue of Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease (ISSN 2308-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Basic and Translational Cardiovascular Research".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 55

Special Issue Editor

Department of Cardiology, University of Patras Medical School, 26221 Patras, Greece
Interests: Kounis syndrome; coronary artery disease; coronary artery spasm; myocardial ischemia
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, once said “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Indeed, there are important and significant associations between the frequency of one’s consumption of specific foods and the subsequent risk of myocardial infarction. The role of food in health has been evidenced via epidemiological observations and associated studies, in which a single or limited number of foods have demonstrated the diet–disease relationships. Environmental factors, and diet in particular, are known to play a key role in the development of coronary artery disease. Many of these factors have been unveiled by nutritional observations, focusing on the role of a single nutrient or food.

Moreover, therapeutic and illicit drug use are documented and lead to the consideration of alternative pathophysiologic rationales for myocardial infarction. The drugs employed for the treatment of cancer, central nervous system stimulants, allergy-induced medications and a plethora of other drugs with cytotoxic and hypersensitivity actions possess the potential to induce myocardial damage.

Growing evidence suggests that there is an association between exposure to ambient air pollution, household air pollution from biomass fuel, lead, arsenic, and cadmium and multiple cardiovascular disease outcomes, including myocardial damage, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular mortality. The aim of this Special Issue is to describe the association between foods, drugs and the environment, and coronary damage and disease. This will improve the knowledge, prevention and treatment of these frequent daily exposures.

Prof. Dr. Nicholas G Kounis
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • myocardial injury
  • myocardial infarction
  • diet
  • drugs
  • environmental exposures

Published Papers

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