Alberto Cuocolo

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The European procedural guidelines for radionuclide imaging of myocardial perfusion and viability are presented in 13 sections covering patient information, radiopharmaceuticals, injected activities and dosimetry, stress tests, imaging protocols and acquisition, quality control and reconstruction methods, gated studies and attenuation-scatter compensation,(More)
In patients with chronic coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction, the distinction between ventricular dysfunction arising from myocardial fibrosis and ischemic, but viable, myocardium has important clinical implications. By positron emission tomography (PET), enhanced fluorine-18-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake in myocardial(More)
Adult GH deficiency (GHD) is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality due to unfavorable lipid profile, hyperfibrinogenemia, and impairment of cardiac performance. This prospective controlled cohort study evaluated the effects of 12-month GH replacement on lipid profile, fibrinogen levels, cardiac mass by echocardiography, and(More)
Technetium-99m tetrofosmin is a lipophilic phosphine used for myocardial perfusion imaging. Biodistribution studies have shown significant thyroid uptake of tetrofosmin and preliminary reports have suggested that tetrofosmin imaging may be of value in patients with thyroid cancer. In this study, tetrofosmin whole-body scintigraphy was performed in 35(More)
In patients at risk for coronary atherosclerosis, brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD) rules out significant coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the value of this approach is unknown in patients with peripheral arterial disease who are at increased risk for CAD. This study assessed whether the noninvasive evaluation of endothelial function by(More)
Cardiovascular disease is the most severe complication of acromegaly accounting for the increased mortality of these patients. Recently, the slow-release form of octreotide (OCT; Sandostatin LAR, OCT-LAR), for im injection every 28 days, was reported to induce suppression of GH levels below 7.5 mU/L (2.5 microg/L) in 39-75% of patients, and normalization of(More)
To determine whether stress–rest myocardial perfusion single-photon emission (MPS) computed tomography improves coronary heart disease (CHD) risk classification in diabetic patients. In 822 consecutive diabetic patients, risk estimates for a CHD event were categorized as 0% to <3%, 3% to <5%, and ≥5% per year using Cox proportional hazards models. Model 1(More)
Iodine-131-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy, transmission computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were used to evaluate 36 patients with clinically suspected functioning paragangliomas. The patients were divided into two groups. In Group 1 (n = 21), studied before surgery, patients mainly had benign adrenal disease. In Group 2 (n =(More)
BACKGROUND Anderson-Fabry disease is a multisystem X linked disorder of lipid metabolism frequently associated with cardiac symptoms, including left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy gradually impairing cardiac function. Evidence showing that enzyme-replacement therapy (ERT) can be effective in reducing LV hypertrophy and improving myocardial function in the(More)
OBJECTIVE The impairment of heart structure and function in adults with childhood onset GH deficiency has been recently described. However, previous echocardiographic studies have reported no differences in cardiac mass and function between adulthood onset GH deficient patients and healthy subjects. DESIGN The aim of this study was to evaluate cardiac(More)