Clara Carpeggiani

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A reduced standard deviation of RR intervals (SDRR) predicts increased mortality in groups of survivors of myocardial infarction. Like SDRR, the correlation dimension (D2) describes variation within a sampled time series, but uniquely it reveals 1) the epoch's geometric structure and 2) the degrees of freedom of the generator. These unique features may be(More)
To study the acute effects of insulin on autonomic control of cardiac function, we performed spectral analysis of heart rate variability and measured cardiac dynamics (by two-dimensional echocardiography) in 18 obese (BMI = 35 +/- 1 kg.m-2) and 14 lean (BMI = 24 +/- 1 kg.m-2) subjects in the basal state and in response to physiological hyperinsulinemia (1(More)
Several methods to assess the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) are available. However, the final value of measured TAC in the sample depends on the procedure used in every specific assay. This makes crucial the comparison of different analytical methods. The aim of our study was to evaluate analytical characteristics and laboratory reliability of two(More)
To evaluate the autonomic nervous control of the heart in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), spontaneous heart rate variability was investigated by means of time-domain and spectrum analysis of 24 h ECG ambulatory recordings in 30 SSc patients (four males, aged 45.2 +/- 9 yr, mean +/- S.D., range 27-60) and 30 age-matched healthy subjects. A(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyze the impact of ABO groups on coronary heart disease risk factors, coronary involvement and prognosis. METHODS An observational single center study was conducted to examine 4901 consecutive patients with heart disease receiving coronary angiography and ABO group determination at National Research Council Institute of Clinical(More)
BACKGROUND The choice of imaging techniques in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) varies between countries, regions, and hospitals. This prospective, multicenter, comparative effectiveness study was designed to assess the relative accuracy of commonly used imaging techniques for identifying patients with significant CAD. METHODS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Overt thyroid dysfunction, hypothyroidism in particular, may lead to coronary artery disease (CAD). Whether more subtle anomalies of thyroid hormone metabolism influence the progression of CAD remains a matter of speculation. HYPOTHESIS The occurrence of CAD and long-term prognosis in patients without a history of either primary thyroid(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the autonomic response to standard haemodialysis and the changes associated with the onset of intradialytic hypotension in 12 normotensive patients with uraemia. Power spectra of R-R interval and of blood pressure fluctuations were obtained during a standard dialysis session and estimated in the low-frequency (LF,(More)
Guidelines on informed consent for clinical practice exhort physicians to use standard plain language to enhance patient comprehension and facilitate shared decision making. The aim of this study was to assess and improve quality and readability of current informed consent forms used in cardiology. We evaluated the currently used informed consent forms,(More)