Giuseppe Marinelli

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BACKGROUND In dynamic cardiomyoplasty electro-stimulation achieves full transformation of the latissimus dorsi (LD); therefore, its slowness limits the systolic support. Daily activity-rest could maintain partial transformation of the LD. METHODS Sheep LD were burst-stimulated either 10 or 24 hours/day. Before and 2, 4, 6, and 12 months after stimulation,(More)
Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) is an inherited disease characterized by an abnormal systemic deposition of a mutant protein called transthyretin (TTR) with elective involvement of the peripheral nervous system, but often determining cardiac, gastrointestinal, and urinary tract dysfunction. FAP commonly affects the liver and the heart until(More)
AIMS The purpose of this retrospective study was to assess the risk factors for the early and late outcome of the surgical treatment of acute type A aortic dissection, in terms of mortality and morbidity. METHODS AND RESULTS From 1976 to 2003, 487 patients with acute type A aortic dissection treated surgically were enrolled. Twenty-five pre-operative and(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a significant mortality and morbidity. Microwave (MW) ablation is a new technology for surgical treatment of this arrhythmia. We present our preliminary experience with MW ablation in patients with AF who underwent a concomitant open-heart surgery. From October 2001 to March 2002, a total of 10 patients underwent(More)
OBJECTIVE Preprocedural levels of C-reactive protein predict mid-term mortality after percutaneous coronary intervention for the treatment of unprotected left main coronary artery stenosis. However, there are no data regarding the impact of C-reactive protein on mid-term mortality in patients with unprotected left main coronary artery stenosis treated with(More)
OBJECTIVES Lung transplantation (LTx) is the only effective treatment for end-stage lung disease. In rapidly deteriorating patients awaiting transplant, supportive strategies for lung function allow only a short period of support and lung transplantation remains the definitive therapy. An urgent transplant programme may reduce the waiting time, allowing(More)
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