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OBJECTIVE To report, for the first time, angiographic and ECG results as well as in-hospital and 1-month clinical follow-up, after MGuard net protective stent (Inspire-MD, Tel-Aviv, Israel-MGS) implantation in consecutive, not randomized, STEMI patients undergoing primary or rescue PCI. BACKGROUND Distal embolization may decrease coronary and myocardial(More)
Antihypertensive efficacy, effects on left ventricular mass index (LVMI) and tolerability of telmisartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker, were compared with those of hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). Adult patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension and an optimal acoustic window by two-dimensional echocardiography were randomised at baseline to 12 months'(More)
We report a case of idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome in a young man, who showed symptoms and electrocardiographic findings mimicking an acute coronary syndrome. Two-dimensional echocardiography, together with laboratory data, allowed us to make the diagnosis and to start a treatment with imatinib mesylate, a 2-phenylamonopyrimidine-based tyrosine(More)
INTRODUCTION Permanent right ventricular (RV) pacing leads have been traditionally implanted in the right ventricular apex (RVA). Nowadays, some deleterious effects of RVA pacing have been recognized. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of different sites of RV pacing in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) and low ejection fraction(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is effective in selected patients with heart failure (HF). Nevertheless, the nonresponder rate remains high. The low-dose dobutamine stress-echo (DSE) test detects the presence of left ventricular (LV) contractile reserve (LVCR) in HF patients of any etiology and may be useful in predicting response to(More)
INTRODUCTION Atrial remodelling, leading to atrial fibrillation (AF), is mediated by the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. METHODS Mild hypertensive outpatients (systolic/diastolic blood pressure 140-159/90-99 mmHg) in sinus rhythm who had experienced ≥ 1 electrocardiogram (ECG)-documented AF episode in the previous six months received randomly(More)
INTRODUCTION We evaluated whether the dobutamine stress-echo test can select responders to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Up to 50% of patients do not respond to CRT. Lack of response may be due to a significant amount of scar or fibrotic tissue at myocardial level. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 42 CRT patients. After clinical and(More)
BACKGROUND The hypothesis that left ventricular hypertrophy regression in hypertension relates to blood pressure (BP) control and to non-antihypertensive activity of some drugs was tested by comparing the effects of telmisartan and carvedilol on 24-h mean ambulatory BP and left ventricular mass (LVM) regression, measured using three-dimensional(More)
BACKGROUND Although cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has a well-demonstrated therapeutic effect in selected patients with advanced heart failure on optimized drug therapy, nonresponder rate remains high. The LODO-CRT is designed to improve patient selection for CRT. Design and rationale of this study are presented herein. METHODS LODO-CRT is a(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to assess the ability of a Doppler index of global myocardial performance (MPI), measured at entry, to predict inhospital cardiac events in a series of patients with first acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS A complete 2-dimensional and Doppler echocardiographic examination was performed within 24 hours of arrival at the(More)