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The aim of the present study was to compare the characteristics of patients referred to our heart failure outpatient clinic with those of patients enrolled in clinical trials on heart failure pharmacological treatment. Thus, we estimated the proportion of patients admitted to our heart failure outpatient clinic who would have been included in randomized(More)
BACKGROUND Low Molecular Weight Heparins (LMWH) are at least as effective antithrombotic drugs as Unfractionated Heparin (UFH). However, it is still unclear whether the safety profiles of LMWH and UFH differ. We performed a systematic review to compare the bleeding risk of fixed dose subcutaneous LMWH and adjusted dose UFH for treatment of venous(More)
Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is one of the best diagnostic tools for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE). However, differences in MDCT interpretation, depending on the operator personal expertise, is an important factor that could interfere with the right diagnosis and, consequently, with the more adequate and well-timed therapy. The aim of(More)
Sepsis is a common and high-burden healthcare problem with a mortality exceeding 20 % in severe sepsis and nearly 50 % when septic shock is present. Early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) is recommended by sepsis guidelines as the standard of care following a landmark study by Rivers et al. alongside other observational studies. Three recent randomized(More)
AIMS Data on adverse events and death rates following syncope are heterogeneous among studies, and knowledge of syncope prognosis could help to better define the correct management of patients. METHODS AND RESULTS We performed a systematic review of literature by searching for prospective observational studies enrolling consecutive patients presenting to(More)
Early intravenous thrombolysis has proven to be a safe and effective therapy for selected patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Nowadays, thrombolysis is usually delivered by neurologists in "hub" referral centers. However, only a few among eligible patients actually receive treatment. Barriers to early administration of thrombolysis are represented by(More)
Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. Its prevalence is rising due to an increasing elderly population and the improvement in management of life-threatening diseases such as myocardial infarction and heart failure. Over the past few years effective non-pharmacological treatments, new antiarrhythmics(More)