Ilaria Passaseo

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BACKGROUND To identify predisposing factors that can result in the onset of takotsubo syndrome, we performed an international, collaborative systematic review focusing on clinical characteristics and comorbidities of patients with takotsubo syndrome. METHODS We searched and reviewed cited references up to August 2013 to identify relevant studies.(More)
OBJECTIVES The present study attempts to identify appropriate elements that may contribute to clarify the broad clinical features (diagnosis, care, complication and prognosis) of Takotsubo-like cardiomyopathy for improving its management. DESIGN STUDY Observational study. SETTING Primary level of care referred to the emergency department of Vannini(More)
BACKGROUND Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has improved the diagnostic evaluation of ischemic stroke patients, permitting detection of potential cardiac sources of embolism. The present study aimed to evaluate the distribution of potential cardioembolic sources in young versus older stroke patients and their clinical implication for recurrent(More)
We report the clinical case of a 60-year-old woman who referred to our hospital for the occurrence of typical chest pain during mild effort. At admission, the electrocardiogram showed S-T segment elevation from V(3) to V(6), and an increase in troponin I level (11.4 ng/mL). Echocardiogram showed midapical segment akinesia with depressed ejection fraction(More)
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as transient left-ventricular (LV) apical ballooning, is a reversible LV dysfunction triggered by emotional stress [1,2]. This is characterized by transient wall-motion abnormalities involving apical, mid-portions and/or basal segments of the LV in the absence of significant obstructive coronary disease [3–6]. Most(More)
AIMS The influence of clinical risk factors and therapeutic options on aortic plaque changes is unknown. In this study, we have evaluated aortic atheroma (AA) evolution in patients with and without embolic events. METHODS AND RESULTS We enrolled 83 patients (mean age 67.9+/-8.6 years). All patients were studied with transoesophageal echocardiography at(More)
Myocardial bridging (MB) and a long recurrent wraparound left anterior descending artery (wrap-LAD) are coronary anatomic variants that have been recently suggested to be associated with takotsubo syndrome (TS). Until now, coronary artery tortuosity (CAT) has never been investigated in this setting. Our study sought to evaluate the prevalence of the(More)
Pregnancy is accompanied by a variety of cardiovascular changes in normal women; all of these changes are thought to promote arrhythmogenesis. Atrial fibrillation is unusual during pregnancy and it can represent a benign, self-limited lone atrial fibrillation or can be hemodynamically significant in parturient with or without structural heart disease.(More)