Constantina Aggeli

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of the present study was to provide evidence regarding the safety of real-time flash-contrast echocardiography combined with dobutamine-atropine stress echo (DASE). BACKGROUND The combination of perfusion assessment using myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) with DASE has shown very promising results for the diagnosis of(More)
Myocardial ischaemia without obstructive coronary artery disease in rheumatoid arthritis: hypothesis-generating insights from a cross-sectional study Abstract Objective. RA is associated with increased cardiovascular events, reportedly to equal diabetes mellitus (DM). The presence of myocardial ischaemia was assessed in asymptomatic high-risk RA patients(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Microwave radiometry allows noninvasive in vivo measuring of internal temperature of tissues reflecting inflammation. In the present study, we evaluated the predictive accuracy of this method for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS Consecutive patients (n=287) scheduled for coronary angiography were included in(More)
Carcinoid is a rare malignancy originating from enterochromaffin cells and is clinically characterized by flushing, diarrhea and bronchospasm, due to secretion of vasoactive substances. A dreaded complication is carcinoid heart disease, which mainly affects right cardiac chambers, resulting in thickened, immobile and retracted tricuspid and pulmonary(More)
BACKGROUND There is strong evidence that left atrial (LA) size is a prognostic marker in a variety of heart diseases. Recently, real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) has been reported as a useful tool for studying the phasic changes of the left atrial volumes. The aim of this study was to investigate the performance of the left atrium in(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of myocardial wall-motion and perfusion assessment using contrast echocardiography during real-time three-dimensional (RT3D) adenosine stress test, and compare its diagnostic accuracy with the two-dimensional (2D) method using coronary angiography as reference. METHODS AND RESULTS Patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Two-dimensional speckle tracking provides valuable information for regional wall motion abnormalities. The purpose of this study was to determine the diagnostic value of left ventricular longitudinal strain and torsion to diagnose coronary artery disease during dobutamine stress echocardiography. METHODS We studied 100 patients (mean age 60.8 ±(More)
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