Luca Cacciotti

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INTRODUCTION Statins are at the forefront of strategies to manage dyslipidemia, although they are not always well tolerated. At 6-7 months after the drug was supplied, discontinuation rates averaged 30%. Alternate agents to statins have been studied. Some nutraceuticals demonstrated an efficacy in reducing cholesterol concentrations. However, there are no(More)
AIMS DN4 (Douleur Neuropathique en 4 Questions) is a screening tool for neuropathic pain consisting of interview questions (DN4-interview) and physical tests. It has not formally been validated in diabetes. We evaluated the validity and diagnostic accuracy of DN4 and DN4-interview in identifying neuropathic pain of painful diabetic polyneuropathy. METHODS(More)
AIMS The aim of the present study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of the Neuropad sudomotor test for diabetic cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) and diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN), the latter assessed using a multi-level diagnostic approach. METHODS In 51 diabetic patients, CAN, symptoms and signs of DPN, vibration perception threshold(More)
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)
Stress cardiomyopathy is a reversible left ventricular dysfunction precipitated by emotional stress. Affected patients are generally women, whose symptoms are similar to myocardial infarction with reversible apical dyskinesis associated with hypercontractile basal segments and no evidence for hemodynamically significant coronary arterial stenoses by(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)
OBJECTIVE Clinical recognition of acute myocarditis is difficult. Late enhancement (LE) detected by magnetic resonance imaging appears to be a valuable tool for evaluating and monitoring inflammatory myocardial diseases. However, patterns of myocardial enhancement and its correlation with systolic function are not yet well defined. The aim of this study was(More)
Statins are extensively used to treat dyslipidemia, but, because of their low tolerability profile, they are discontinued in a significant proportion of patients. Ezetimibe and nutraceuticals have been introduced as alternative therapies and have proved to be effective and well tolerated. A single-blind, single-center, randomized, prospective, and parallel(More)
Stress cardiomyopathy is a reversible left ventricular dysfunction triggered by emotional stress. We describe a variant of transient left ventricular ballooning in a patient in which basal and midventricular segments are affected. This confirms that there is not just one ventricular dysfunction pattern in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The involvement of only(More)
INTRODUCTION Self-monitoring home blood pressure (BP) devices are currently recommended for long-term follow-up of hypertension and its management. Some of these devices are integrated with algorithms aimed at detecting atrial fibrillation (AF), which is common essential hypertension. This study was designed to compare the diagnostic accuracy of two widely(More)