Antonella Baiardi

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The level of blood lipids and apolipoproteins in subjects being screened for abdominal aortic aneurysms have been investigated. As part of an ultrasound screening programme in a population of 65- to 75-year-olds, blood samples were collected from 1460 of 1504 subjects with a normal aorta (97.1%) and 69 of 70 patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm > 29(More)
Plasma levels of lipoprotein-a [Lp(a)] >30 mg/dl represent an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases with both proatherosclerotic and prothrombotic activity. The results of dietary or pharmacological treatment are not encouraging and are often controversial. We have evaluated a combination of medical treatment with Gemfibrozil (600 mg bid) and(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the reliability of helical computed tomography (CT) as sole preoperative diagnostic technique for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and to compare these results with the surgical findings. MATERIALS Thirty-three patients undergoing elective surgical repair. METHODS Helical CT, Doppler exam of lower limbs, digital angiography, in(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) in a general population and to compare the results with those of similar studies in other countries. DESIGN Ultrasound screening study and collection of clinical and biochemical data. SETTING An urban Health Service District in Genoa, Italy. MATERIALS A general population, aged(More)
Intimal hyperplasia is one of the main risk factors for the patency of small diameter bypass grafts. The standard unfractioned heparin (UH) is able to control this phenomenon but the clinical use is not fit for long term treatment; on the other hand the antiplatelet drugs have an anti-thrombotic effect but they seem to be unable to control intimal(More)
The reliability of helical CT as sole preoperative diagnostic technique for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and its accuracy in detecting vascular anomalies in the abdominal region was evaluated retrospectively in 42 patients with asymptomatic AAA > 40 mm. A single breath-holding helical scan was performed with 5 mm slice thickness, during a single(More)
Tobacco use represents the most powerful chemical addiction, which has been defined as "the inability to discontinue smoking" and it is one of the main cardiovascular risk factors. It produces alterations in platelet activity, blood viscosity and vascular wall and clinical signs related to the different vascular districts. The probability of carotid lesions(More)
Between March 1991 and April 1993, 1188 subjects aged 65-75 years, out of 2734 invited, underwent abdominal ultrasound for screening of asymptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). For each patient the maximal anteroposterior and transverse diameters of the suprarenal and infrarenal aorta were measured. According to the literature data an AAA is defined(More)
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