Gaetano Nucifora

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AIMS The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence and extent of myocardial fibrosis in patients with isolated left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC) and to determine its relation to clinical status and LV systolic function. METHODS AND RESULTS The cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) database of our institution was searched for all(More)
BACKGROUND Precise knowledge of left atrial appendage (LAA) orifice size is crucial for correct sizing of LAA closure devices. The aim of the present study was to determine the performance of real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiography (RT3DTEE) for LAA orifice size assessment, compared with 2D transesophageal echocardiography (2DTEE), and to investigate(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction and subclinical systolic dysfunction may be markers of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, whether these markers are useful for prediction of obstructive CAD is unknown. METHODS A total of 182 consecutive outpatients (54 +/- 10 years, 59% males) without known CAD and overt LV systolic dysfunction(More)
Adipose tissue surrounding the coronary arteries has been suggested to induce development of atherosclerosis. We explored the relation between epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume and coronary atherosclerosis using multislice computed tomography. The study population consisted of 190 patients who had undergone multislice computed tomographic coronary(More)
Regional left ventricular (LV) myocardial functional changes in early diabetic cardiomyopathy have not been well documented. LV multidirectional strain and strain rate analyses by 2-dimensional speckle tracking were used to detect subtle myocardial dysfunction in 47 asymptomatic, male patients (age 57 +/- 6 years) with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The results(More)
BACKGROUND The relative merits of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony, LV lead position, and myocardial scar to predict long-term outcome after cardiac resynchronization therapy remain unknown and were evaluated in the present study. METHODS AND RESULTS In 397 ischemic heart failure patients, 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging was performed, with(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) is a measure of the active shortening of the LV in the longitudinal direction, which can be assessed with speckle-tracking echocardiography. The aims of this evaluation were to validate the prognostic value of GLS as a new index of LV systolic function in a large cohort of patients with(More)
BACKGROUND 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) may provide more accurate aortic annular and left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) dimensions and geometries compared with 2D TEE. We assessed agreements between 2D and 3D TEE measurements with multislice computed tomography (MSCT) and changes in annular/LVOT areas and geometries after transcatheter(More)
Left ventricular (LV) twist and untwisting rate are emerging as global and thorough parameters for assessment of LV function. This study explored differences of LV twist and untwisting rate in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and patients with ischemic and nonischemic chronic heart failure (HF). Fifty patients with AMI, 49 with ischemic HF,(More)
Infective endocarditis (IE) in chronic haemodialysis (HD) is significantly more common and causes greater morbidity and mortality than in the general population, being second only to cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in this group of patients. Because of the peculiarity of this group of patients, it has been recently proposed to add a(More)