Alessandro Capucci

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BACKGROUND Early defibrillation is the most important intervention affecting survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). To improve public access to early defibrillation, we established Piacenza Progetto Vita (PPV), the first system of out-of-hospital early defibrillation by first-responder volunteers. METHODS AND RESULTS The system serves a population of(More)
OBJECTIVES This randomized double-blind study compared the efficacy and safety of intravenous vernakalant and amiodarone for the acute conversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND Intravenous vernakalant has effectively converted recent-onset AF and was well tolerated in placebo-controlled studies. METHODS A total of 254 adult(More)
AIMS To describe atrial fibrillation (AF) management in member countries of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and to verify cardiology practices against guidelines. METHODS AND RESULTS Among 182 hospitals in 35 countries, 5333 ambulant and hospitalized AF patients were enrolled, in 2003 and 2004. AF was primary or secondary diagnosis, and was(More)
AIMS Dronedarone, a benzofurane derivative without iodine substituents, shares the electrophysiologic properties of amiodarone. This study was designed to determine the most appropriate dose of dronedarone for prevention of atrial fibrillation (AF) after cardioversion. METHODS AND RESULTS Patients with persistent AF were randomly allocated to 800, 1200,(More)
BACKGROUND Amiodarone is effective in maintaining sinus rhythm in atrial fibrillation but is associated with potentially serious toxic effects. Dronedarone is a new antiarrhythmic agent pharmacologically related to amiodarone but developed to reduce the risk of side effects. METHODS In two identical multicenter, double-blind, randomized trials, one(More)
AIMS We tested the hypothesis that dyssynchrony of left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation evaluated by ultrasound can predict success of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in patients with heart failure (HF). METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-seven patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, New York Heart Association class III-IV, LV ejection fraction (EF)(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practise and its prevalence is increasing. Over the last 25 years, flecainide has been used extensively worldwide, and its capacity to reduce AF symptoms and provide long-term restoration of sinus rhythm (SR) has been well documented. The increased mortality seen in patients treated with(More)
AIMS Direct current cardioversion of persistent atrial fibrillation is one of the most widely used and effective treatments for the restoration of sinus rhythm, but may be hampered by a low success rate and a high percentage of early recurrence. Pre-treatment with amiodarone or a glucose-insulin-potassium solution could improve the efficacy of electrical(More)
INTRODUCTION Asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) can expose patients to the risk of stroke. The primary objective of this study was to assess the incidence of thromboembolic events in relationship with CHADS(2) (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age >or=75 years, diabetes mellitus, and prior stroke, or transient ischemic attack) score and AF(More)
BACKGROUND The atrial Fibrillation/flutter Italian REgistry (FIRE) study was designed to obtain updated information regarding the clinical characteristics of and medical approach to patients requiring urgent medical care for atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter in a nationwide and representative series of hospitals. METHODS 4570 consecutive patients(More)