Andrea Ponchia

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Eight young healthy male subjects, members of a Himalayan expedition, underwent 24 h Holter monitoring before departure, after 1 and 4 weeks at high altitude (5000 m) and after return to sea level. At high altitude, the circadian reciprocal changes in low and high frequency (LF, HF) were absent, with no significant reduction in the LF to HF ratio over the(More)
PURPOSE The American Diabetes Association states that physical activity can be performed by individuals with Type 1 diabetes. Nevertheless, extreme altitude mountaineering represents a demanding challenge. We present the metabolic and cardiovascular parameters found in individuals with Type 1 diabetes during the ascent to Cho Oyu located at a height of 8201(More)
The concept of myocardial stunning encompasses a wide variety of settings with major pathophysiological differences. Stresses, such as exercise-provoked myocardial ischaemia and dysfunction, are accompanied in most patients by a flow-limiting coronary stenosis, while contractile dysfunction persists in some with cessation of exercise. Twenty-six patients(More)
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Italy is a mountainous country with a total of 88 huts and bivouacs at altitudes higher than 3,000 m. Starting in the 19th century a great deal of research in high altitude pathophysiology has been carried out in Italy and many Italian physicians have been involved in mountain medicine. Most of the Italian research has been carried out at two locations: the(More)
Annually, more than 100 million tourists are attracted by the mountainous areas around the world. On the one hand, leisure time activities at altitude may well contribute to the well-established beneficial effects of exercise; on the other hand, these activities are also associated with a relatively high risk of death. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the most(More)
Left ventricular function after acute myocardial infarction depends on several mechanisms leading to left ventricular remodeling: (a) infarct size and healing and (b) adaptive changes involving both the dysfunctioning but viable myocardium (hibernating and stunned myocardium) and the nonischemic myocardium. The prognosis after acute myocardial infarction is(More)
Vasodilating agents acutely reduce regurgitant volume and improve left ventricular performance in aortic regurgitation, but more information is necessary about their long-term efficacy. To evaluate the effects of 12 months of therapy with nifedipine, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was performed in 72 asymptomatic patients with severe(More)
OBJECTIVE Several previous studies evaluated the cardiovascular risk associated with exercise, but only a few papers considered this risk during physical activity in the mountains. The aim of this study was to assess the cardiovascular risk in a population practising physical activity in the mountains. METHODS We used an observational study design. We(More)