Letizia Bacchi Reggiani

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Despite recent technological advances, the diagnosis of syphilis remains a challenging enterprise. Actually, most high-volume laboratories have adopted the "reverse algorithm" due several factors, including the potential to automate testing. Recently, immunoassays processed on random-access systems have been proposed as screening tests. The purpose of this(More)
BACKGROUND Hospital management of CHF and predictors of hospital mortality remain unclear. METHODS To address these issues, we analyzed the hospital admissions for CHF during 1996 in a large university hospital. Patients discharged with the principal diagnosis of CHF were considered eligible for the study. RESULTS Among the 1511 patients (3% of all(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical and electrophysiological determinants of arrhythmia recurrence in patients undergoing internal atrial cardioversion for chronic atrial fibrillation (AF). SETTING Tertiary cardiac referral centre. METHODS 101 consecutive patients with failed external cardioversion or AF > or = 1 year underwent internal atrial(More)
In Marfan syndrome, early identification and treatment of aortic involvement could improve prognosis, but clinical diagnosis may be difficult at a young age, before aortic dilation occurs. The aim of this study was to evaluate biomechanical aortic properties in Marfan patients and in their relatives to identify an early index of aortic involvement. A(More)
AIM To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of electrocardiographic inferior Q waves persistence during inspiration and echocardiographic segmental wall motion abnormalities for the detection of previously unsuspected silent myocardial infarction, by using cardiac magnetic resonance as the gold standard. METHODS We prospectively enrolled 50 apparently healthy(More)
Chest X-rays provide with indirect evaluation of left ventricular dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction, because of the effects of acute left heart decompensation on pulmonary circulation. To assess the prognostic value of the initial chest X-ray, radiographs were obtained from 194 patients within 24 hours of admission after acute transmural(More)
PURPOSE To assess the influence of oral anticoagulant therapy conversion to heparin (OAT-CH) on carotid endarterectomy (CEA) outcomes and the influence of unmodified oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) on carotid artery stenting (CAS) and to compare the outcomes of CEA in OAT-CH with CAS in ongoing OAT. MATERIALS AND METHODS The 30-day results from all(More)
Regional left ventricular ejection fraction calculated by means of gated blood pool scintigraphy was compared with that obtained from contrast ventriculography in a group of 20 patients, submitted to both procedures within a month. To evaluate repeatability both at rest and during stress, a second scintigraphic study was carried out after three weeks, with(More)
Aim We sought to determine whether the optimal dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) duration after drug-eluting stent (DES) placement varies according to clinical presentation. Methods and Results We performed an individual patient data pairwise and network meta-analysis comparing short-term (≤6-months) versus long-term (1-year) DAPT as well as 3-month vs.(More)
AIMS Although acute heart failure (AHF) is a potential complication of acute aortic syndromes (AAS), its clinical details and management implications have been scarcely evaluated. This study aimed to assess prevalence, pathophysiological mechanisms, impact on treatment, and in-hospital mortality of AHF in AAS. METHODS AND RESULTS Data were collected from(More)
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