Francesco Massari

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OBJECTIVE The aims of this study were to determine the relationships between oscillations in systolic blood pressure and heart period at different breathing frequencies and to investigate the role of sympathetic contribution to this relationship. METHODS Fourteen healthy volunteers underwent three randomized periods of controlled breathing at 6, 10 and 16(More)
OBJECTIVES The value of interventricular and intraventricular echocardiographic asynchrony parameters in predicting reverse remodeling after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) was investigated. BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy has been suggested as a promising strategy in patients with severe heart failure and left bundle branch block(More)
BACKGROUND Asymptomatic reductions in arterial pressure have been reported to occur before the onset of tilt-induced syncope. We investigated the predictive value of these reductions for a positive tilt result. METHODS AND RESULTS In a first study, 238 consecutive healthy subjects with unexplained syncope underwent a passive tilt table test. Finger(More)
The determinants of diastolic dysfunction in patients with systemic hypertension are not completely known. To evaluate the possible role of age, arterial blood pressure, and baroreflex heart rate response impairment in causing diastolic dysfunction, we studied 61 patients (42 male; mean+/-SD age, 43.9+/-12 years) with newly recognized and therefore(More)
BACKGROUND Metastatic cancer is the most common malignant disease of the skeletal system. Traditionally, conventional fractionated external beam radiotherapy has been the treatment of choice. Recently, minimally invasive surgical techniques (MISS) have been added to the therapeutic armamentarium. The purpose of our study was to assess the effectiveness and(More)
BACKGROUND Dissecting aneurysms located along the distal segments of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) are extremely rare, accounting for only 0.5-0.7% of all intracranial aneurysms. Treatment of these aneurysms is challenging, both surgically and endovascularly. We present our preliminary experience and clinical data utilizing Onyx as an(More)
BACKGROUND Intracranial atherosclerosis may be the underlying pathology in up to 15% of ischemic strokes, but may account for about 40% of strokes in some populations. After an ischemic event determined by intracranial atherosclerosis, patients have a 12% annual risk of stroke recurrence, mostly during the first year. OBJECTIVE To evaluate procedural(More)
This report describes a case of successful percutaneous direct-puncture ethanol embolization, followed by vertebroplasty, of an aggressive vertebral hemangioma (VH) involving two adjacent thoracic vertebral levels. In this case, the 78-year-old male patient presented with a 6-month history of progressive paraparesis due to spinal cord compression by a T8-T9(More)
BACKGROUND A new generation of highly navigable large-bore aspiration catheters and retriever devices for intracranial mechanical thrombectomy has markedly improved recanalization rates, time and clinical outcomes. We report collected clinical data utilizing a new technique based on combined large lumen aspiration catheter and partially resheathed stent(More)
We present a percutaneous modified technique to access large thoracic vertebral body lytic lesions, to increase the volume of tumor accessible to ablation, prior to cement augmentation. Tumor ablation and cavity creation-assisted percutaneous vertebroplasty was considered a palliative measure for structural stabilization in plasmocytoma involvement of the(More)