Elena Cerquetani

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AIMS Patients with cardiovascular diseases frequently complain of erectile dysfunction especially when treated with beta-blockers. In order to assess whether the effect of beta-blockers on erectile dysfunction is in part related to patient knowledge of the drug side effects, 96 patients (all males, age 52+/-7 years) with newly diagnosed cardiovascular(More)
BACKGROUND The role of testosterone on the development of coronary artery disease in men is controversial. The evidence that men have a greater incidence of coronary artery disease than women of a similar age suggests a possible causal role of testosterone. Conversely, recent studies have shown that the hormone improves endothelium-dependent relaxation of(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of increased serum uric acid (UA) levels and their therapeutic reduction with allopurinol on endothelium-dependent dilation in subjects with a high cardiovascular (CV) risk but who were free from clinical CV disease. Patients with hyperuricemia had impaired flow-mediated dilation (FMD) compared with(More)
Alterations of autonomic nervous control of cardiac function have been described in syndrome X. The characteristics, however, of the autonomic control of the cardiovascular system in patients with syndrome X have not been adequately studied; thus, the aim of the present study was to investigate the role of baroreceptor sensitivity and sympathovagal balance(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the potential value and cost-effectiveness of a hand-carried ultrasound (HCU) device in an outpatient cardiology clinic. METHODS 222 consecutive patients were prospectively enrolled in the study. When standard echocardiography (SE) was specifically indicated on the basis of clinical history, electrocardiogram and physical examination,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the potential value of hand-carried ultrasound (HCU) devices in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with pleural effusion (PE) after cardiac surgery. METHODS Seventy consecutive patients were evaluated at bedside early after cardiac surgery, in the upright sitting position, using an HCU device on hospital(More)
The effect of physical training on the circadian pattern of heart rate variability (recorded over 24 h in relation to both time and frequency) was assessed in 12 chronic heart failure patients randomized, in a cross-over design, to 8 weeks training or detraining, and compared with 12 age-matched normals. Training improved heart rate variability indices: all(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated whether time since menopause influences the acute and chronic effect of Estradiol (E) on vascular endothelial function. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) in 134 postmenopausal women (PMW) before and after acute and chronic E administration. At baseline FMD was inversely associated to time from menopause(More)
OBJECTIVE The lack of a beneficial long-term cardiovascular effect of hormone therapy and the early incidence of cardiovascular adverse events observed in recent randomized studies have been related to a heightened inflammatory effect of hormone therapy. DESIGN We evaluated the effect of different postmenopause therapies on inflammatory markers and(More)
BACKGROUND Serum C-reactive protein (CRP) is involved in the acute phase reaction after surgery, even though its clinical significance remains a matter of debate. We evaluated CRP levels in cardiac surgery patients without clinical or laboratory signs of infection. METHODS We screened 737 consecutive patients referred to our center 8+/-5 days after(More)