Francesca Dorigatti

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It has been suggested that the insertion(I) allele of the I/deletion(D) polymorphism of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) gene is associated with endurance exercise and increased physical conditioning in response to this type of exercise. To investigate the association between the ACE I/D polymorphism and physical activity status in 355 never treated,(More)
A body of evidence indicates that masked hypertension is a significant predictor of cardiovascular disease, but how to identify these patients is still a matter of dispute. Data obtained in several cross-sectional studies have demonstrated that masked hypertension is associated with increased left ventricular mass index and carotid intima-media thickness,(More)
Glycolipoprotein (GLP) from pathogenic serovars of Leptospira has been implicated in the pathogenesis of leptospirosis by its presence in tissues of experimental animals with leptospirosis, the inhibition of the Na,K-ATPase pump activity, and induced production of cytokines. The aims of the present study were to investigate the induction of IL-6 by GLP in(More)
OBJECTIVE Whether heart rate predicts the development of sustained hypertension in individuals with hypertension is not well known. We carried out a prospective study to investigate whether clinic and ambulatory heart rates assessed at baseline and changes in clinic heart rate during 6 months of follow-up were independent predictors of subsequent blood(More)
PURPOSE This study was undertaken to investigate whether there is a relationship between the white-coat effect and the cardiovascular complications of hypertension. PATIENTS AND METHODS In 1,013 consecutive borderline to severe hypertensive outpatients (889 men) with a mean age (+/-SE) of 33.6 +/- 0.5 years and a mean office blood pressure of 152.3 +/-(More)
The objective of the present study was to examine the association between albumin excretion rate (AER) and office and ambulatory blood pressures (BP), and other recognized cardiovascular risk factors in stage I hypertension. The study was carried out in 870 never-treated 18- to 45-year-old hypertensives (628 men, 242 women). Office and ambulatory BP, 24-h(More)
AIMS The longitudinal relationship between aerobic exercise and left ventricular (LV) mass in hypertension is not well known. We did a prospective study to investigate the long-term effect of regular physical activity on development of LV hypertrophy (LVH) in a cohort of young subjects screened for Stage 1 hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS We assessed 454(More)
BACKGROUND Unhealthy lifestyle practices are risk factors for future hypertension. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate the association between lifestyle changes over a 6-year period and the risk of developing sustained hypertension in a cohort of young hypertensive individuals, and to identify the predictors of lifestyle impairment over(More)
The present study was aimed at evaluating the antihypertensive efficacy of sustained-release diltiazem 180 mg vs. sustained-release nicardipine 40 mg both given twice daily. To this end 20 patients with mild to moderate hypertension were studied. After a two-week placebo period diltiazem and nicardipine were administered for 4 weeks according to a crossover(More)
AIM OF THE STUDY To evaluate the relationship of coffee use, smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol intake and overweight with casual and ambulatory blood pressure in a large population of borderline to mild hypertensive subjects. METHODS Six hundred and thirty men with a mean (+/- SE) age of 33 +/- 0.4 years (range = 18-45 years) and a mean office blood(More)