Gabriella Torrisi

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OBJECTIVE To estimate the prevalence and impact on quality of life of urinary incontinence (UI) and anal incontinence (AI) three months after first delivery; to identify risk factors involved in UI or AI; to evaluate possible changes in sexual behaviour and anatomical modifications of pelvic floor after childbirth. STUDY DESIGN A multicenter prospective(More)
AIM The aim of this paper is to estimate the prevalence of postpartum urinary stress incontinence (USI) three months after vaginal delivery and to analyze the risk factors more frequently correlated with USI. Pelvic floor neurophysiology was performed to assess pudendal nerve damage in symptomatic women. METHODS A total of 562 women were interviewed and(More)
The so-called white coat effect occurs in about 42% of elderly patients. This phenomenon leads to several problems in treatment and may also cause renal disease. One of the most frequently controlled parameters is microalbuminuria, an index of renal damage. The present case-control study intended to evaluate the urinary excretion of albumin in elderly(More)
The antihypertensive treatments have resulted in favorable effects in terms of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the elderly, but the therapeutic approaches raise problems linked to the pathophysiological aspects of hypertensives and to the reduced homoeostatic capacity of the senile organism. The antihypertensive treatment in elderly must be aimed(More)
Casual blood pressure (BP) measurements may sometimes indicate the presence of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, but the correlations between BP values and the subsequent occurrence of such complications are low. This may depend on the known inability of casual BP measurements to reflect accurately the 24-hour mean and overall profile of the BP. In(More)
Activity can significantly change blood pressure. Twenty four hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (Holter method) was introduced to optimize diagnosis and the changes in blood pressure. It was flanked by the purpose to use diaries to correlate symptoms and pressure changes, pressure changes and psychophysical activity, life style and drugs. The diary(More)
The authors studied the efficacy and safety of a long half-life dihydropyridine calcium-antagonist--amlodipine--in a single daily dose in the treatment of isolated systolic hypertension in the elderly. Ninety-seven subjects, age range 65-85 years, with isolated systolic hypertension were randomized into two groups, similar for age, weight and height, of 47(More)
This case-control study was aimed at evaluating the distribution of some echocardiographic signs of cardiac organ damages in elderly patients with white coat hypertension (WCH), as compared with a normotensive group of elderly. Correlations between the signs of cardiac organ damages and the clinical and ambulatory blood pressure parameters (obtained by(More)