Elpidio Santillo

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OBJECTIVES Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) interfere with cardiac mass (left ventricular mass; LVM) development. We investigated the role of the GH/IGF-1 axis on LVM and ventricular geometry in a group of 230 never-treated hypertensive patients. METHODS Partition values for left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) were 125 g/m2 for(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the outcome of ultrasound-guided aspiration of ovarian endometriotic cysts. METHOD Thirty-four patients with ovarian endometriomas were submitted to transvaginal (28 patients) or transabdominal (6 patients) ultrasound-guided aspiration of the cyst content, and then followed with serial ultrasonograms for a mean period of 12 months(More)
BACKGROUND A prospective single-center interventional cohort study was conducted to evaluate the effects of a 5-week comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program on terms exercise capacity, quality of life, echocardiographic findings and autonomic modulation after first-time myocardial infarction. METHODS We studied 37 consecutive post-myocardial(More)
BACKGROUND At present, ischemic heart disease (IHD) is one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality world-wide. An important insight into both IHD pathophysiology and cardioprotection was achieved in 1986 when Murry et al. described for the first time the ischemic preconditioning (IP). IP can be defined as an innate phenomenon by which brief episodes(More)
We report the case of an elderly woman with coronary heart disease and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. It could be hypothesized that the predisposing anatomic substrate for arrhythmogenesis in this patient derived from both age-related left atrial dilation and coexistent ischaemic heart disease. Unfortunately the usual antiarrhythmic therapy was unsafe or(More)
Heart failure (HF) is highly prevalent among older subjects and it is associated with poor prognosis. HF frequently coexists with malnutrition. Objectives of our work were to assess nutritional status of old inpatients with and without HF and to study the association of malnutrition markers with echocardiographic parameters of left ventricular function and(More)
We descrive a patient who presents palpitations during cardiac rehabilitation after mitral valvuloplasty. ECG showed regular narrow QRS tachycardia compatible with Atrioventricular Node Reentrant Tachycardia. After slow pathway radiofrequency catheter ablation, the patient completed the rehabilitation program remained tachycardia and palpitations-free.
BACKGROUND The effect of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) on coronary flow in elderly cardiac patients has not been investigated yet. Thus, we aimed to study the change of coronary flow subsequent to RIPC in old patients with heart diseases and to identify its main correlates. METHODS Ninety-five elderly patients (aged ≥ 65 years) accessing cardiac(More)
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