Alberta Cifarelli

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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate whether the reported favorable 1-year outcome of the sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) versus the bare-metal stent (BMS) in the SESAMI (Sirolimus-Eluting Stent Versus Bare-Metal Stent In Acute Myocardial Infarction) trial, in the setting of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), is maintained at(More)
BACKGROUND Optimal management of patients with PFO and paradoxical embolic events is still debated. Moreover, data from long-term studies on large patient populations are lacking. Aim of the study is to assess immediate and long-term clinical outcome of patients with PFO and paradoxical thrombo-embolic events submitted to transcatheter PFO closure. (More)
The underlying causes of ischemic stroke in young patients are often difficult to find, despite systematic investigations concerning heart, coagulation system or any other type of vascular disease, thus the definition of 'cryptogenic'. In patients with cryptogenic stroke, the prevalence of a patent foramen ovale is about 45%, versus 25% of the general(More)
Clinical and pathological data of a full-term male newborn with Ebstein's malformation of the mitral valve are reported. Moderate cyanosis and progressive heart failure were present from birth and he died on the fourth day after birth, with clinical evidence of severe aortic coarctation. Necropsy revealed a severely dysplastic mitral valve, with anatomical(More)
Aortic regurgitation associated with prolapse of an aortic cusp and an infundibular septal defect is caused by the lack of anatomical support for the aortic annulus by the conal septum. This fact is taken into consideration in the new surgical approach that we performed in 5 children 3 to 16 years of age with infundibular ventricular septal defect and(More)
Coronary artery fistulas (CAFs) are rare congenital or acquired anomalies characterized by an abnormal communication between the coronary arteries and the cardiac chambers or great vessels. Most patients are asymptomatic during childhood but symptoms and complications have been reported with advancing age. Until recently, surgery was the routine mode of(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to evaluate the short- and longterm outcomes of Amplatzer Multi-Fenestrated Septal Occluder Cribriform (AMF) device use in the percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) associated with atrial septal aneurysm (ASA). BACKGROUND Since patients with PFO, associated with ASA, are at higher risk of embolic events (EE), the AMF(More)
INTRODUCTION Endovascular management of aortic coarctation (CoA) is safe but few data are available concerning the long-term cure of hypertension. Aim of this study was to evaluate immediate and long-term clinical and haemodynamic outcome in a consecutive series of adolescent and adult patients with CoA submitted to endovascular treatment. METHODS A total(More)