Fabrizio Balestrini

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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)
The authors wanted to verify the possibility of discovering, by means of transesophageal echocardiography, cardiac causes that can't be clearly shown with 2D echocardiography, in patients who suffered a cerebral ischaemic pathology and who had a cronic atrial fibrillation. The left atrial appendage is not well visualized by the 2D echocardiographic(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)
Stroke units are special units where stroke patients receive, simultaneously, medical and physical treatment. Compared to general neurological and medical wards, stroke units show a significant reduction of short- and long-time mortality, and an improvement of long-term quality of life. Nevertheless, mortality in these units is still high (1-year mortality(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.
Enterococci are common organisms associated with endocarditis, but infection by Enterococcus durans is very rare. To our knowledge, only 3 cases have been reported in the medical literature, and all 3 have involved native valves. Here we publish the first reported case (to our knowledge) of E. durans endocarditis in association with a bioprosthetic aortic(More)