Francesca Dassie

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Cardiovascular complications, including arrhythmias and cardiac sudden death, are the most common causes of enhanced mortality in acromegaly. However, few data are available on cardiac autonomic functions and sympathovagal balance in acromegalic patients. The aim of this study was to investigate both the time and frequency domain parameters of Heart Rate(More)
Cushing's syndrome (CS) is associated with cardiovascular disease. The impact of the hemodynamic load on left ventricular mass (LVM) in patients with CS is not well known. In fact, the effects of 24-h blood pressure (BP) load and BP circadian rhythm on cardiac structure and function have not been studied. Aim of the present study has thus been to assess the(More)
Cushing's syndrome is associated with high cardiovascular morbility and mortality. Blood pressure (BP) variability within a 24-h period is increasingly recognized as an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk. The aim of our study was to investigate the short-term BP variability indices in Cushing's syndrome. Twenty-five patients with Cushing's(More)
Combined ovarian germ cell and neuroendocrine tumors are rare. Only few cases of hyperinsulinism due to ovarian ectopic secretion have been hypothesized in the literature. An ovarian tumor was diagnosed in a 76-year-old woman, referred to our department for recurrent hypoglycemia with hyperinsulinism. In vivo tests, in particular fasting test, rapid calcium(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate patients with Cushing's syndrome the coronary flow reserve (CFR), an index of coronary microvascular function. Fifteen newly diagnosed patients with Cushing's syndrome (1 male/14 females; mean age 45 ± 11 years), were selected for having no clinical evidence of ischemic heart disease. Twelve patients had(More)
Although cerebrovascular mortality is increased up to eightfold in acromegaly, intracranial internal carotid artery (ICA) changes have not been well investigated. This is a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) quantitative cross-sectional study of ICA tortuosity, ectasia and intercarotid distance in acromegalic patients with subsequent analysis of(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate guideline application and colonoscopy findings in real-life practice in acromegaly. We conducted a retrospective observational non-interventional and cross-sectional analysis on 146 patients with acromegaly (ACRO) referred to our clinic. We evaluated colonoscopy data, focusing on the correlation between colonoscopy(More)
Long-standing exposure to endogenous cortisol excess is associated with high cardiovascular risk. The aim of our study was to investigate arterial stiffness, which has been recognized as an independent predictor of adverse cardiovascular outcome, in a group of patients with Cushing's syndrome. Twenty-four patients with Cushing's syndrome (3 males, mean age(More)
OBJECTIVE Acromegaly is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality and with specific heart and vascular abnormalities. The aim of our study was to investigate arterial stiffness using the ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) and symmetric AASI (Sym-AASI), two indexes derived from 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM),(More)