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PURPOSE OF REVIEW The left atrial cavity has recently been identified as a potential biomarker for cardiac and cerebrovascular accidents. This review examines the potential of left atrial size and function in predicting cardiovascular disease in the general population and outcomes in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. RECENT FINDINGS The atrium is(More)
Conflicting data exist about the effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on diastolic function (DF). Aim of the study was to assess if and how CRT affects DF in systolic heart failure patients. We also investigated potential relations between CRT-induced left ventricular changes and the composite clinical endpoint of progressive heart failure and(More)
AIMS Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB) (Superdimension) is a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in patients with lung lesions. Very small data are available about potential interference of ENB magnetic field to implanted cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and any documentation of ICD behaviour if a ventricular tachyarrhythmia occurs during ENB is(More)
Coronary artery diseases continue to be the most common causes of mortality and morbidity in the industrialized world, especially in the setting of acute myocardial infarction. Anticoagulation during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has traditionally been supported by anticoagulant(More)
AIM To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the permanent high interventricular septal pacing in a long term follow up, as alternative to right ventricular apical pacing. METHODS We retrospectively evaluated: (1) 244 patients (74 ± 8 years; 169 men, 75 women) implanted with a single (132 pts) or dual chamber (112 pts) pacemaker (PM) with ventricular(More)
Many clinically important differences exist between beta blockers. B1-selectivity is of clinical interest because at clinically used doses, b1- selective agents block cardiac b-receptors while having minor effects on bronchial and vascular b-receptors. Beta-adrenergic blocking agents significantly decrease the frequency and duration of angina pectoris,(More)
BACKGROUND It has been reported that contractility, as assessed using dobutamine infusion, is independently associated with reverse remodeling after CRT. Controversy, however, exists about the capacity of this approach to predict a long-term clinical response. This study's purpose was to assess whether long-term CRT clinical effects can be predicted(More)
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