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Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is recommended for patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III or IV heart failure and wide QRS complexes. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of CRT in patients in NYHA class II with those in NYHA class III or IV. Nine hundred fifty-two patients (188 in NYHA class II) consecutively(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation is associated with increased mortality and hospitalization in the general population. Data about mortality, morbidity, and hospitalization in hemodialysis patients with atrial fibrillation are limited. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS All patients (n = 476) in 5 dialysis centers in Lombardia, Italy, as of June 2003 were enrolled and(More)
An analysis of the epidemiology of non-parasitic hepatic cysts (NPHCs) has been carried out comparing these data with those of the current literature. This sample shows an incidence of 4.65%, which is greater than those reported by other authors. No difference between the two sexes was seen, but a very high incidence above 40 years of age was found.
BACKGROUND Hemodialysis (HD) is associated with cardiovascular structural modifications; moreover, during HD, rapid electrolytic changes occur. Both factors may favor the onset of atrial fibrillation. METHODS To define the prevalence of atrial fibrillation and identify associated factors, 488 patients on long-term HD therapy (age, 66.6 +/- 13.4 years;(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to evaluate the incidence, predictors, and related outcomes of patients with heart failure (HF) treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (CRT-D) who experienced electrical storm (ES). Electrical storm was defined as the occurrence of >or=3 episodes in 24 hours(More)
The effect of albendazole was studied in 12 patients with cystic hydatid disease (CHD) of the liver. Six patients received albendazole continuously for 6 months, while 6 patients received albendazole for 6 courses of 4 weeks with a 2 week drug-free interval between cycles. The continuous therapy proved successful, with stable involution at the follow-up at(More)
BACKGROUND In haemodialysis patients, deaths due to cardiovascular causes constitute a large proportion of total mortality and sudden cardiac deaths account for approximately 22% of all deaths. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of sudden cardiac death and associated risk factors in a cohort of haemodialysis patients. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND Few data exist on the long-term changes and the prognostic value of heart rate variability (HRV) assessed by implanted devices in heart failure (HF) patients treated with resynchronization therapy (CRT). AIMS To analyze the long-term changes in the standard deviation of 5-minute median atrial-atrial sensed intervals (SDANN), and assess its role(More)
A prolongation of QT interval has been shown in patients with cirrhosis and it is considered as part of the definition of the so-called 'cirrhotic cardiomyopathy'. The aim of the present study was to assess the determinants of QT interval prolongation in cirrhotic patients. Forty-eight male patients with different stages of liver disease were divided into(More)
127 randomly selected patients on haemodialysis showed a high prevalence of ventricular arrhythmias, the frequency of which rose significantly during and after dialysis. These patients have now been followed up for 4 years. Only age and ischaemic heart disease correlated independently with mortality. Although ventricular arrhythmias are often associated(More)