Angela Milazzo

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BACKGROUND Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a risk factor for aortic dissection and aneurysm. We studied patients with BAV and tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) to evaluate long-term changes in the ascending aorta after aortic valve replacement (AVR). PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred consecutive patients were allocated into two groups according to the presence(More)
Heart failure due to myocardial iron overload remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in adult thalassemia major (TM) patients. We evaluated the removal of cardiac iron and the changes of cardiac function by different iron chelation in TM patients by T2* cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). Sixty-seven TM patients (27 males/40 females; mean age,(More)
The clinical presentation of pheochromocytoma is variable and many biochemical and imaging methods have been suggested to improve the diagnostic accuracy of what has been termed "the great masquerader". This case-report is of a middle-aged woman with a non-specific clinical presentation suggesting acute coronary syndrome or subacute myocarditis.(More)
A 16-year-old girl collapsed suddenly while on her way to school. When the rescue team arrived, they found her to be in asystole. Spontaneous circulation was restored after 14 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A 12-lead electrocardiogram showed sinus tachycardia and diffuse repolarization abnormalities (Figure 1). An echocardiogram showed moderate(More)
Color Doppler echocardiography of the left mammary artery was combined with dipyridamole testing in order to assess the presence of significant (>70%) graft stenosis in 87 patients with a mammary artery graft to the left anterior descending coronary artery presenting with chest pain. Occluded grafts are detected by absent diastolic flow velocities at(More)
BACKGROUND The presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) at cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has diagnostic and prognostic value in patients with acute myocarditis (AM). Aim of our study was to quantify the changes in LGE extension (LGE%) early after AM and evaluate its relations with biventricular function and morphology. METHODS We investigated 76(More)
BACKGROUND Type 1 Gaucher disease (GD1) is the most common lysosomal disorder, characterized by the accumulation of beta-glucocerebroside into the macrophages of several organs. Cardiac involvement is rare and referred to as restrictive cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension, and calcifications of the valves and the aortic arch. AIM To assess the(More)
UNLABELLED To examine the effects of dobutamine on pulsed-Doppler left ventricular filling indices and its utility for evaluation of CAD we studied 14 patients with normal coronary arteries (Group 1) and 39 patients with significant CAD (>70% diameter stenosis). Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) were divided into two groups: patients with(More)
Background Apoptotic death of interstitial cells and myocytes is a detrimental effect of the interstitial inflammatory infiltrate accompanying heart transplant rejection. This inflammatory reaction is followed by both replacement fibrosis and interstitial fibrosis which in the long term can impair diastolic and systolic ventricular (LV) function. Cardiac(More)
Pheochromocytoma is a rare tumor, usually benign, potentially lethal in case of crisis with acute release of catecholamines. The heart is a target and the clinical presentation can mimic various cardiac conditions, thus rendering diagnosis elusive. Cardiac magnetic resonance is a valuable non-invasive diagnostic tool for the evaluation of cardiomyopathies;(More)