Chiara Cornalba

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The purpose of this study was to examine the clinical course of dilated (congestive) cardiomyopathy (DCM) and to identify the factors of prognostic significance. Between January 1969 and April 1982, 137 patients with a diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy were followed-up for a mean period of 48,7 +/- 40 months. Mean duration of illness before the first(More)
This paper describes the design and implementation of a decision support system for risk management in hemodialysis (HD) departments. The proposed system exploits a domain ontology to formalize the problem as a Bayesian network. It also relies on a software tool, able to automatically collect HD data, to learn the network conditional probabilities. By(More)
In order to evaluate the incidence and the prognostic value of hyponatremia (hypoNa) in patients (pts) with severe chronic heart failure (SCHF), the authors studied 161 consecutive pts (113M, 48F ages sixty-seven +/- ten) with SCHF in NYHA class III-IV. The cause of SCHF was ischemic in 64 pts, hypertensive in 39, valvular in 14, alcohol-related in 3, and(More)
The aim of this study is to measure the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in Tavazzano (Lodi) inhabitants, in order to implement efficacious and preventive strategies at community level. In 1998 the target population consisted of 2055 adults (males and females) aged 35-64, living in Tavazzano (Lodi province). The examined population was made of 856(More)
The dependability of health care organizations may be improved limiting clinical risks and adverse events. This paper describes a project, implemented in a haemodialysis department, which is aimed at exploiting the results of a dialysis monitoring system to dynamically extract risk profiles for the patients and the clinical centres. These risk profiles(More)
The preliminary results of a prospective study undertaken in patients with a first episode of acute myocardial infarction are presented. The clinical, electrocardiographic and angiographic characteristics of 34 patients who developed early post-infarction angina (group I) were compared with those of 144 patients who remained asymptomatic after the acute(More)
Out of 3,900 patients who performed an exercise test at our clinic, 3 patients demonstrated a walk-through phenomenon (WTP), defined as the occurrence of mild angina during the first stages of exercise with disappearance of chest pain at higher workloads despite a greater pressure-rate product. 2 patients had variant angina, one with normal coronary(More)
Left ventricular pseudoaneurysm is a rare condition which may develop after rupture of the ventricular myocardial wall. A localized hemopericardium confined is then formed outlined by the parietal pericardium. The pseudoaneurysmal sac is formed by clots and fibrous pericardial tissue and is directly connected to the ventricular chamber. There are no(More)
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