Giuseppe Gheno

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To observe the variations of serum potassium level in patients receiving low-molecular weight heparin, assess the consequent risk of hyperkalemia and evaluate the clinical contributory factors. A prospective study was performed on consecutive inpatients treated with low-molecular-weight heparin as indicated by the attending physicians. The changes of serum(More)
BACKGROUND The mean age of patients with acute myocardial infarction is increasing and the associated in-hospital mortality is exponentially age-related. Inflammation markers have been related to cardiovascular short and long-term prognosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the short-term prognostic value of C-reactive protein (CRP) levels on admission(More)
Hyperkalemia may occur in many clinical settings and lead to serious events. Heparin-induced hyperkalemia is presumably less well recognized than other untoward effects of heparin treatment and more frequent than commonly perceived. To draw attention to this clinically relevant occurrence, we report 2 cases of life-threatening bradyarrhythmia associated(More)
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Pilocarpine is a cholinergic agonist that increases salivary flow and has been used to treat xerostomia. Oral intake is the most frequent route of administration. Adverse effects are dose-dependent and include sudoresis, facial blushing and increased urinary frequency. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of topical pilocarpine(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated heart rate (HR) has been found to be related to an increased death rate in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), but sex differences and optimal timing for HR measurement have not been sufficiently investigated. OBJECTIVES To verify the predictive value of HR for one-year mortality in a cohort of subjects hospitalized for(More)
Clinical and laboratory observations were made on 220 chronic alcoholics, regularly taking at least 150 g of alcohol daily. Haematological data concerning white blood cells, platelets and red cells counts, mean corpuscolar volume, hemoglobin and serum iron in these patients were compared with control values obtained from 150 healthy teetotal subjects.(More)
A prolapsing mitral valve with a double orifice ('hole type') was documented by echocardiography in a 35-year-old male. His symptoms were associated to supraventricular ectopic beats and persisted unchanged during a 3-year follow-up. This malformation is usually considered benign but, as fragmentation of the atrioventricular conduction tissue was reported(More)
Cardiac complications, including focal myocytolysis, electrocardiographic changes, arrhythmias and left ventricular wall motion abnormalities, frequently occur following stroke and contribute to worsen the prognosis. Their clinical spectrum seems to be related to the type of cerebrovascular disease and its localization. Thus, the incidence of arrhythmias(More)