Gianandrea Bertone

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BACKGROUND Erectile dysfunction (ED) is associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). In diabetic patients, CAD is often silent. Among diabetic patients with silent CAD, the prevalence of ED has never been evaluated. We investigated whether ED is associated with asymptomatic CAD in type 2 diabetic patients. METHODS AND RESULTS We evaluated the prevalence(More)
BACKGROUND Glimepiride is approved as monotherapy and in combination with metformin or with insulin, whereas the combination of glimepiride with other antihyperglycemic drugs is under investigation. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the differential effect on glucose and lipid variables and tolerability of the combination of glimepiride plus(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetes risk is often complicated by a mixed hyperlipoproteinemia not sufficiently controlled by a single antihyperlipidemic drug; however, there are some concerns about the safety of combined statin and fibrate treatments. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety profile of fluvastatin + fenofibrate combination(More)
AIM The aim of our study was to comparatively evaluate the efficacy and safety of orlistat and sibutramine treatment in obese hypertensive patients, with a specific attention to cardiovascular effects and to side effects because of this treatment. METHODS Patients were enrolled, evaluated and followed at three Italian Centres of Internal Medicine. We(More)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) provide effective blood pressure control. Whereas none of the ARBs appear to affect glucose homeostasis, some ARBs have been associated with a decrease in cholesterolemia. OBJECTIVE This study was conducted to evaluate blood pressure control glucose homeostasis, and the plasma lipid profile in patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Psychological interventions in cardiac rehabilitation programs appear relevant in as much they significantly contribute to achieve the goals of rehabilitation, to reduce the risk of relapses and to improve patients' adherence to therapy. To this aim, motivational interviewing (MI) has shown promising results in improving motivation to change and(More)
OBJECTIVE Low-molecular weight (MW) apolipoprotein(a) [apo(a)] isoforms are closely associated with an increased incidence of atherothrombotic disease, prevalence of which is higher in obese individuals, particularly in women. The hypothesis of this study was to assess whether there are differences in the distribution of apo(a) phenotypes between obese(More)
BACKGROUND The TOAST study estimates that 34% of ischaemic strokes are of undetermined aetiology. Improvements in the diagnosis of the pathogenetic mechanism of ischaemic stroke would translate into a better care, in analogy to other fields of vascular and internal medicine. OBJECTIVE To measure the reduction of undetermined aetiology strokes performing a(More)
Triptase is an enzymatic protein found in the mastocytes. Although the biological role of this substance is not fully understood, significant amounts of it are found in the nasal secretions of allergic subject both when naturally exposed to the allergen and when subject to specific nasal provocation tests. The present study uses a radioimmunological method(More)