Antonio Montinaro

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Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) impairs clinical outcome in patients undergoing angiographic procedures. The aim of this study was to investigate whether short-term high-dose atorvastatin load decreases the incidence of CIN after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Statin-naive patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing PCI (n = 241) randomly(More)
BACKGROUND Aggressive platelet inhibition is crucial to reduce myocardial injury and early cardiac events after coronary intervention. Although observational data have suggested that pretreatment with a high loading dose of clopidogrel may be more effective than a conventional dose, this hypothesis has never been tested in a randomized trial. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to investigate potential protective effects of atorvastatin in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND Randomized studies have shown that pretreatment with atorvastatin may reduce periprocedural myocardial infarction in patients with stable angina during(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to investigate whether an acute atorvastatin reload before percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) protects patients receiving chronic statin therapy from periprocedural myocardial damage. BACKGROUND Previous ARMYDA (Atorvastatin for Reduction of Myocardial Damage During Angioplasty) studies demonstrated that short-term(More)
BACKGROUND In modern clinical neuro-oncology, the pathologic diagnoses are very challenging, creating significant clinical confusion and affecting therapeutic decisions and prognosis. METHODS TP53 and PTEN gene sequences were analyzed, and microarray expression profiling was also performed. The authors investigated whether gene expression profiling,(More)
Bivalirudin, a direct thrombin inhibitor, is as effective as unfractionated heparin (UFH), with decreased bleeding in patients with acute coronary syndromes who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of bivalirudin versus UFH in selected PCI patients at high bleeding risk. Four hundred one(More)
BACKGROUND Acute myocarditis may mimic myocardial infarction, since affected patients complain of "typical" chest pain, the ECG changes are identical to those observed in acute coronary syndromes, and serum markers are increased. We describe a case series of presumptive myocarditis with ST segment elevation on admission ECG. METHODS AND RESULTS From 1998(More)
BACKGROUND Transradial access (RA) is associated with less complications and is preferred by patients. Vascular closure devices (VCDs) may improve discomfort and may reduce complications associated with transfemoral access. Aim was to evaluate complications and discomfort associated with percutaneous coronary procedures employing RA or VCDs. METHODS We(More)
Whether an additional clopidogrel load in patients receiving chronic clopidogrel therapy and undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is associated with clinical benefit has not been well characterized. The aim of the present study was to evaluate, in a randomized protocol, the safety and effectiveness of(More)
Acute myocarditis may mimic an infarction. Aim is to describe a case series of peculiar myocarditis. From 1997 to 2003, 11 male patients (age 17-39 years) were admitted with diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction, localized ST segment elevation and minimal enzyme release. Ten patients had fever in the 3 days prior to admission. Eight patients underwent(More)