Adriano Boem

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Dipyridamole echocardiography test (DET) has gained acceptance due to its safety, feasibility, diagnostic accuracy and prognostic power. The main limitation of the test is a less than ideal sensitivity in some patient subsets, such as those with limited coronary artery disease. Atropine with dipyridamole might theoretically combine to become a synergistic(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine the behavioral and physiological effects of the central nervous system depressant alprazolam on a group of cardiac patients. METHODS Immediately after hospital discharge, the Crown and Crisp Experiential Index (CCEI) was administered, the salivary cortisol was detected and a psycho-physiological profile(More)
The implantable cardioverter defibrillator is today an indisputable evidence-based treatment for cardiac sudden death both in primary and secondary prevention. However, trans-venous cardioverter defibrillator implantation still carries a not negligible risk of complications both acutely and during follow-up. Trans-venous endocardial lead is the weak link of(More)
This study explores the effects on some hematological parameters of a low-dose aspirin regimen (50 mg/day) versus a conventional aspirin treatment with reported antithrombotic efficacy (324 mg/day), in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Fifteen patients were randomized into 3 equal groups receiving 50 mg or 324 mg aspirin or placebo, daily for 21(More)
BACKGROUND Riata (RT) and Sprint Fidelis (SF) leads were recalled by the United States Food and Drug Administration because of an increased rate of failure mainly due to conductor fracture or insulation abrasion. According to lead design and type of failure, extraction complexity may be different, potentially affecting procedural outcomes and indications.(More)
A controlled study was carried out on 160 patients of both sexes (age between 39 and 86 years) discharged from the Cardiology Department of the Santa Chiara Hospital, Pisa, with a diagnosis of recent myocardial infarction. L-carnitine was randomly administered to 81 patients at an oral dose of g 4/die for 12 months, in addition to the pharmacological(More)
The Raven Progressive Matrices Test, in its various versions, has frequently been used in research on stress related diseases. In this paper the preliminary data relating to the administration of this version of test performed by a personal computer are presented. The "Coloured" version of the PM 47 was used, with the addition of a series of visual and(More)
The case of a 64 year-old man suffering from angina caused by neoplastic infiltration of the left anterior descending coronary artery is reported. The coronarographic examination of the vessel disclosed that it had a stenotic segment, which did not move with the cardiac contraction. An aorto-coronary by-pass vein graft relieved the symptoms.