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AIMS Simultaneous biventricular pacing improves left ventricular (LV) systolic performance in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy and intraventricular conduction delay. We tested the hypothesis that further improvements can be obtained using sequential biventricular pacing by optimizing both atrioventricular and interventricular delays. METHODS AND(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate ventricular arrhythmias occurring in recipients of the InSync ICD for the primary and secondary prevention of sudden death. The InSync ICD was implanted in 142 patients (128 men; mean age 65 +/- 10 years) with heart failure (mean NYHA functional Class 3.0 +/- 0.7) and wide QRS (mean 159 +/- 33 ms). The underlying(More)
AIMS Left ventricular (LV) pacing via transvenous implantation has an overall success rate ranging from 88% to 92%. The aim of this study was to assess whether LV pacing via limited thoracotomy would be feasible and safe when used on a routine basis for those cases in which standard transvenous procedures proved to be ineffective or unsatisfactory. (More)
OBJECTIVE We used data from a national study of pregnant women with HIV to evaluate the prevalence of congenital abnormalities in newborns from women with HIV infection. DESIGN Observational study. SETTING University and hospital clinics. POPULATION Pregnant women with HIV exposed to antiretroviral treatment at any time during pregnancy. METHODS The(More)
INTRODUCTION Biventricular pacing improves functional status in the majority of patients with drug-refractory heart failure, dilated cardiomyopathy, and interventricular conduction delay. The aim of this study was to analyze the baseline clinical and functional data of a cohort of patients implanted with a biventricular stimulation system in a single-center(More)
The effect of hormone replacement therapy on the bone mineral content of hypoestrogenic subjects depends on the pathogenesis of the disease as well as on the dosage and route of administration. This is particularly true in hypoestrogenism related to eating disorders. We present a longitudinal study of 26 young women with diet-induced amenorrhea compared(More)
BACKGROUND The present analysis aimed to estimate the penetration of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on the basis of the prevalence and incidence of eligible patients in selected European countries and in Israel. METHODS AND RESULTS The following countries were considered: Italy, Slovakia, Greece, Israel, Slovenia, Serbia, the Czech Republic,(More)
The authors present a prototype of an expert system for the automatic recognition of form features. The paper points out how the recognition activity is a useful tool to realize the integration of design activities with manufacturing, handling, assembling etc. The concept on which the system is based is the possibility to utilize, in processes from the(More)
AIM We sought to verify which changes in right ventricular pressures occur before acute heart failure (HF) in patients with advanced systolic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. In patients with chronic HF, continuous hemodynamic monitoring by implantable devices may detect increases in pulmonary pressures before the onset of symptoms. METHODS A device(More)