Francesca Pezzutto

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BACKGROUND Studies on fish oil effects on ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) are inconclusive. We evaluated fish effects on fatty acid composition of red blood cell (RBC) membrane and ABP values and tested the hypothesis that the starting membrane fatty acid composition affects the ability to incorporate additional polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and(More)
BACKGROUND Changes in left ventricular (LV) diastolic filling anticipate diastolic heart failure and are frequently detected in patients with hypertension or diabetes. We tested the hypothesis that increased fasting and postload glucose levels are associated with diastolic dysfunction as assessed by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) in hypertensive patients. (More)
OBJECTIVE Studies on heavy alcoholic drinkers have reported an association between alcohol intake and left ventricular (LV) function. The effect of moderate alcohol intake on LV function in hypertensive patients, however, is unknown. The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between alcohol consumption and LV function in hypertension. (More)
Receptors for mineralocorticoid hormones are expressed in myocardial cells and evidence obtained in animal studies suggests that activation of these receptors causes cardiac damage independent from blood pressure levels. In the last years, many of the issues related to the effects of aldosterone on the heart have received convincing answers and clinical(More)
Patients with renal failure are at increased risk of cardiovascular events even at the earliest stages of disease. In addition to many classic cardiovascular risk factors, many conditions that are commonly identified as emerging risk factors might contribute to occurrence of cardiovascular disease. Changes in circulating levels of many of these emerging(More)
OBJECTIVE Studies on heavy alcoholic drinkers have reported an association between alcohol intake and left ventricular (LV) function. The effect of moderate alcohol intake on LV function in hypertensive patients, however, is unknown. The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between alcohol consumption and LV function in hypertension. (More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic exposure to elevated aldosterone levels results in cardiac and renal tissue injury with mechanisms that are independent of blood pressure levels. Although the interaction between dietary salt intake and circulating aldosterone in causing organ damage has received support in animal experiments, the evidence of this interaction in the(More)
INTRODUCTION The prevalence of systemic arterial hypertension in young adults is increasing worldwide in association with modifiable risk factors. AIM To assess the prevalence of high blood pressure (BP) in young adults participating to a screening campaign during the World Hypertension Day (17/05/2014), and to determine the possible association with(More)
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