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Recent studies on spontaneous fluctuations in the functional MRI blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal in awake healthy subjects showed the presence of coherent fluctuations among functionally defined neuroanatomical networks. However, the functional significance of these spontaneous BOLD fluctuations remains poorly understood. By means of 3 T(More)
The congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a hereditary cardiac disease characterized by a prolongation of the QT interval > 440 ms at rest ECG associated with a high risk of ventricular arrhythmias (torsade de pointe). Clinical manifestations are syncope and sudden cardiac death. The implicated genes encode cardiac ion channel subunits or proteins involved(More)
OBJECTIVES To test the usefulness of procalcitonin serum level for the reduction of antibiotic consumption in intensive care unit patients. DESIGN Single-center, prospective, randomized controlled study. SETTING Five intensive care units from a tertiary teaching hospital. PATIENTS All consecutive adult patients hospitalized for >48 hrs in the(More)
Performance of a new leadless implantable cardiac monitor in detecting and quantifying atrial fibrillation: results of the XPECT trial. Grammatico A, Lip GY. Improving thromboprophylaxis using atrial fibrilla-tion diagnostic capabilities in implantable cardioverter-defibrillators: The Multi-centre Italian ANGELS of AF Project. Stroke incidence is decreasing(More)
AIMS Endurance sports activities have been associated with the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) by means of radiofrequency catheter ablation has been established as an effective treatment for AF. The aim of the present study was to analyse the efficacy of AF ablation in athletes. METHODS AND RESULTS We compared(More)
AIMS Current fluoroscopic and 3D image-guided treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) by radiofrequency ablation is characterized by a substantial amount of X-ray radiation. We investigated the potential of an asymmetric collimation technique to reduce dose. METHODS AND RESULTS For 30 patients, referred for AF ablation, we determined the received(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether in a population of patients with 'lone atrial flutter', the proportion of those engaged in long-term endurance sports is higher than that observed in the general population. DESIGN An age and sex-matched retrospective case-control study. SETTING A database with 638 consecutive patients who underwent ablation for atrial(More)
INTRODUCTION Combination antibiotic therapy for ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is often used to broaden the spectrum of activity of empirical treatment. The relevance of such synergy is commonly supposed but poorly supported. The aim of the present study was to compare the clinical outcome and the course of biological variables in patients treated(More)
OBJECTIVE The choice between a resynchronization pacemaker (CRT-P) or defibrillator (CRT-D) is still a matter of debate. We hypothesised that when selecting patients based on co-morbidities and age as proposed by the ESC-guidelines, there would be no long-term survival benefit of CRT-D compared to CRT-P. METHODS We performed a retrospective analysis of(More)