Special Issue "Comparison of Cardiovascular Systems and Diseases Across Species"
A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2016) | Viewed by 82144
Interests: myocardial inflammation; extracellular matrix remodeling; cardiomyopathy; cardiac comorbidities
Interests: the pathophysiology; diagnosis; and therapy of canine dilated cardiomyopathy; echocardiographic assessment of systolic and diastolic function
Already in 1964 a conference on comparative cardiology was held in an attempt to raise the awareness of the mutual gain that an exchange and collaboration of interdisciplinary research groups might have. The organizers of this conference were motivated by the “thought that much information might be available but not well distributed”, and to enable an exchange of “scientists of widely divergent disciplines who are not frequently in communication with each other" (Hecht, 1965, Annals of NY Acad Sci, 127, 5–6).
Despite the fact that over 50 years have gone by since, the situation is still similar. Cardiovascular diseases are one of the most important diseases in human and veterinary medicine and, despite several decades of research, are still far from being completely understood. However, in recent years the awareness, research and knowledge in veterinary medicine have markedly increased.
Several similarities exist between human and veterinary cardiovascular diseases, the diseases and presentations are similar, our pet population lives in the same environment as us and develops, with an increasing age, similar comorbidities, such as obesity, systemic hypertension, and diabetes mellitus. However, despite the common use of large animal models in human cardiac research, the awareness of naturally occurring cardiac diseases and therefore the potential these might offer is only sparsely explored. Furthermore, options are not limited to cardiovascular diseases. Horses, for example, a highly athletic species with dominant parasympathetic system, might provide an interesting approach to interspecies athletic cardiac remodeling and the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation.
Both the awareness of similarities and differences of cardiovascular physiology and pathology between species might provide aspects that will contribute to our understanding of complex cardiovascular disease processes.
This special issue is an exciting chance to experience and exchange scientific knowledge of diverse research groups and will hopefully stimulate future research and additional cooperative interdisciplinary endeavors.
Dr. Sonja Fonfara
Dr. Lynne O’Sullivan
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- Acquired cardiac disease
- Autonomous nervous system
- Athletic hearts
- Atrial fibrillation
- Cardiac biomarkers
- Cardiac conduction
- Cardiac remodelling
- Coronary artery
- Congenital cardiac disease
- Endocrine system
- Endothelial function
- Heart failure
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System
- Valvular disease
- Vascular abnormalities