Emilio Attena

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In aortic stenosis (AS), the increased afterload results in progressive structural and functional changes that precede the development of symptoms. We hypothesized that the detection of abnormalities in left ventricular long-axis function could identify patients with asymptomatic AS at increased risk of events. We prospectively examined the outcome of 126(More)
AIMS Lack of response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) may be due to the presence of significant amount of scar or fibrotic tissue at myocardial level. This study sought to investigate the potential impact of myocardial contractile reserve as assessed during exercise echocardiography on left ventricular (LV) reverse remodelling (decrease in LV(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine whether two-dimensional speckle tracking of longitudinal myocardial deformation can detect limited contractile reserve during exercise in patients with asymptomatic degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR). METHODS Seventy-one patients with degenerative MR and normal left ventricular (LV) ejection fractions(More)
BACKGROUND Baseline data of the PREFER in AF (PREvention oF thromboembolic events - European Registry in Atrial Fibrillation) Registry have shown undertreatment of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), particularly in Italy, where greater difficulties in the management of antithrombotic drugs compared with other European countries were also observed. The(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common heart rhythm disorder associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart failure and death. Although available evidence supports the administration of oral anticoagulants with respect to other treatment options to prevent thromboembolism, the use of oral anticoagulation therapy remains suboptimal. The PREFER(More)
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