Francesca Iovine

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BACKGROUND Although anemia is frequently found in congestive heart failure (CHF), little is known about the effect of its correction with erythropoietin (EPO) on cardiac structure and function. OBJECTIVES The present study examines in patients with advanced CHF, chronic renal insufficiency, and anemia the effects of beta-EPO on left ventricular (LV)(More)
BACKGROUND Although many studies have found a high prevalence of anaemia in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), few have carefully examined the relationship between the CHF and the prevalence of anaemia and chronic renal insufficiency (CRI). Patients with advanced renal failure, significant anaemia, diffuse atherosclerosis, respiratory disease and(More)
BACKGROUND Anemia is now recognized as being a common finding in CHF and is associated with increased mortality and morbidity. However, it is uncertain whether the anemia is actually causing the worse prognosis or is merely a marker of more severe cardiac disease. Previous intervention studies with subcutaneous (s.c.) beta-EPO in combination with iron have(More)
Natriuretic peptides (BNP and pro-BNP) represent useful biomarkers in heart failure diagnosis and risk stratification, more recently their clinical use has been applied in Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) with and without ST elevation. Few studies demonstrated that hormones dosage could add clinical and prognostic information respect to the traditional(More)
AIM Carvedilol treatment in chronic heart failure (CHF) demonstrated to reduce mortality and rehospitalisation, and improvement of cardiac systolic function with reduction of left ventricular volumes and remodelling. The effects of the drug on left ventricular (LV) filling are less studied. Systolic dysfunction is often associated to diastolic alteration,(More)
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a disease of the peripheral nervous system, which is caused by aberrant immune responses directed against some components of peripheral nerves. GBS is rarely accompanied by cardiovascular involvement. We describe a case of acute neuropathy complicated by sudden heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction which had a(More)
Brain natriuretic peptides (BNP and pro-BNP) represent useful biomarkers in heart failure diagnosis and risk stratification; more recently their clinical use has been applied to acute coronary syndrome with and without ST segment elevation. Few studies have demonstrated that hormone dosage can add clinical and prognostic information with respect to the(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, it was shown that B-type natriuretic peptide levels are increased in patients with acute coronary syndromes. AIMS To assess the relation between B-type natriuretic peptide and ischemia in patients with stable and unstable angina pectoris with normal left ventricular function in relation to the extent of ischemia and response to(More)
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