Alejandro J Pellegrini

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Substitution of interstitial tissue by fat may be observed in the right ventricle of hearts but is less common in the left ventricle. Fat was noted in myocardial scars of patients undergoing heart transplantation, prompting this retrospective study to determine the frequency of left ventricular myocardial scar being replaced by fat(More)
OBJECTIVE Fifteen collaborating centers in eight countries present their pooled experience with the new Bicarbon bileaflet valve. METHODS Between 4/90 and 4/96, 1351 patients, 806 males and 545 females, aged 10 to 83, mean 58.4 +/- 12.4, underwent valve implantation. OPERATIONS aortic valve replacement (AVR), 726; mitral valve replacement (MVR), 475;(More)
Infective endocarditis is one of the most rare complications of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Usually vegetations are localised at the level of the patent ductus and can involve the left branch and the trunk of the pulmonary artery. We report the case of a young woman with PDA, who was admitted to the hospital in severe congestive heart failure due to(More)
UNLABELLED Arrhythmias are a frequent complication after repair of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). We present our experience with 97 patients with special consideration for early and late hyperkynetic arrhythmias. The most frequent, 4% of the patients, was in junctional tachycardia. Late arrhythmias can be atrial or ventricular. The incidence of ventricular(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic utility of clinical probability, rapid plasma D-dimer assay, compression ultrasonography (CUS) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism. METHODS One hundred forty consecutive outpatients with suspected pulmonary embolism were enrolled in a(More)
Ventricular arrhythmias during transient myocardial ischemia were studied in 60 patients with spontaneous angina and greater than or equal to 1 ischemic attack with ST-segment depression during 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiography. The patients were divided into 2 groups: group 1, 10 patients (17%) who developed ventricular arrhythmias during 26 of 92(More)
Two cases of isolated left ventricular diverticulum are presented. A 12-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, both asymptomatic, were admitted to our Department for evaluation of an abnormal electrocardiogram and an abnormal cardiac silhouette, respectively. Both patients had the diagnosis confirmed by cardiac catheterization and angiography and underwent(More)
Ninety-eight pregnancies in 57 patients with mechanical (ball or tilting disc) prosthetic heart valves are described. Sixty-one pregnancies developed in 36 patients with a mitral prosthesis, 12 pregnancies in 9 patients with an aortic prosthesis, 17 pregnancies in 10 patients with both mitral and aortic prostheses and 8 pregnancies in 2 patients with mitral(More)