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OBJECTIVE To determine the influence of a positive genetic test for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) on clinical outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS A cohort of 203 unrelated patients with HCM (mean +/- SD age, 50+/-18 years) was enrolled from January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2003. They were followed up for a mean +/- SD time of 4.0+/-1.7 years after(More)
UNLABELLED Voltage Mapping-Guided Biopsy in ARVC/D. INTRODUCTION To improve the endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) diagnostic sensitivity for arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D), we hypothesized a biopsy sampling focused on selected right ventricle (RV) low-voltage areas identified by electroanatomic voltage mapping. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVE Several investigations indicate that glycosaminoglycans (GAG) are important components of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) and that they play a remarkable role in the control of charge-selectivity in the glomerular capillary wall. In order to evaluate the possible use of GAG as a marker of glomerular disease, we evaluated urinary GAG(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations causing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) have been described in nine different genes of the sarcomere. Three genes account for most known mutations: beta-myosin heavy chain (MYH7), cardiac myosin binding protein C (MYBPC3) and cardiac troponin T (TNNT2). Their prevalence in Italian HCM patients is unknown. Thus, we prospectively(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy can be challenging. Disease-causing mutations in desmosomal genes have been identified. A novel diagnostic feature, loss of immunoreactivity for plakoglobin from the intercalated disks, recently was proposed. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to identify two novel mutations(More)
1. Glycosaminoglycan polysulfate is a mixture of sulfo-muco-polysaccharides with hypolipidemic activity. A number of clinical studies have indicated that it is effective in improving psychopathology in patients with cardiac and/or cerebral disease associated with arteriosclerosis. 2. A multicenter clinical trial was performed to compare the effects of two(More)
OBJECTIVES We built and validated a new heart failure (HF) prognostic model which integrates cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) parameters with easy-to-obtain clinical, laboratory, and echocardiographic variables. BACKGROUND HF prognostication is a challenging medical judgment, constrained by a magnitude of uncertainty. METHODS Our risk model was(More)
AIMS The influence of permanent atrial fibrillation on exercise tolerance and cardio-respiratory function during exercise in heart failure (HF) is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We retrospectively compared the results of 942 cardiopulmonary exercise tests, performed consecutively at seven Italian laboratories, in HF patients with atrial fibrillation (n =(More)
AIMS An abnormal left ventricular volume response during dobutamine echocardiography identified patients with severe coronary artery disease. The aim of the study was to assess the prognostic value of left ventricular volume changes during dobutamine stress echocardiography in 136 patients. METHODS AND RESULTS Endpoints were defined as spontaneous cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND Oxygen uptake at the anaerobic threshold (VO2AT), a submaximal exercise-derived variable, independent of patients' motivation, is a marker of outcome in heart failure (HF). However, previous evidence of VO2AT values paradoxically higher in HF patients with permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) than in those with sinus rhythm (SR) raised(More)