Francisco Ridocci-Soriano

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Acquired left ventricular-right atrial communication (Gerbode-type defect) is a rare complication of infective endocarditis. Although transesophageal echocardiography remains the technique of choice for the evaluation of complications of endocarditis this case highlights the usefulness of cardiac computed tomography in this scenario, particularly in cases(More)
OBJECTIVE Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1α (PGC-1α) is a transcriptional coactivator that has been proposed to play a protective role in mouse models of cardiac ischemia and heart failure, suggesting that PGC-1α could be relevant as a prognostic marker. Our previous studies showed that the estimation of peripheral mRNA PGC-1α(More)
AIMS We evaluated the ability of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) to identify acute new-onset heart failure (HF) with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), whether or not in relation to underlying coronary artery disease (CAD), in patients with no clinical evidence of associated ischaemic(More)
Mean platelet volume (MPV) is an indicator of platelet activation. High MPV has been recently considered as an independent risk factor for poor outcomes after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We analyzed 128 patients diagnosed with first STEMI successfully reperfused during three consecutive years. MPV was measured on admission and a(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Although the diagnostic accuracy of CT in the non-invasive assessment of coronary arteries and grafts is known to be high, only a few studies have investigated the technique's reliability for the combined assessment of native coronary arteries, grafts, and vessels lying distal to anastomoses. The aim of this study was to evaluate(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Recent studies show that the prevalence of anemia in patients with heart failure is high and indicate that its presence leads to increased mortality and morbidity. Our aims were to determine the prevalence of anemia in patients hospitalized for heart failure and to study the long-term prognostic significance of anemia by(More)
Following acute myocardial infarction (MI), cardiomyocyte survival depends on its mitochondrial oxidative capacity. Cell death is normally followed by activation of the immune system. Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor γ-coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) is a transcriptional coactivator and a master regulator of cardiac oxidative metabolism. PGC-1α is induced(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) is a metabolic regulator induced during ischemia that prevents cardiac remodeling in animal models. The activity of PGC-1α can be estimated in patients with ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the(More)
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1. Deluca G, Correale M, Ieva R, del Salvatore B, Gramenzi S, Di Biase M. The incidence and clinical course of caseous calcification of the mitral annulus. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2008;21:828-33. 2. Harpaz D, Auerbach I, Vered Z, Motro M, Tobar A, Rosenblatt S. Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus: a neglected, unrecognized diagnosis. J Am Soc(More)