Marcele Elisa Fontana

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Cardiac arrest has been reported in patients with mitral valve prolapse; however, clinical characteristics and survival information are limited since most of the cases reported include autopsy data. Nine patients (2 male, 7 female) with mitral valve prolapse were identified who had cardiac arrest; ventricular fibrillation was documented in 8 patients;(More)
Little information is available concerning the progression of mild to severe mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients with mitral valve prolapse (MVP). This study reports 86 patients, average age 60 years, who presented with cardiac symptoms, precordial systolic murmur, severe MR and a high incidence of MVP on echocardiography (57 of 75 [75%] ) and left(More)
Marked changes in the auscultatory pattern with posture have been noted in patients with mid-systolic clicks and/or late systolic murmurs (MSC-LSM). MSC tend to move earlier in systole and LSM become longer and often louder when patients assume upright posture. Systolic prolapse of the mitral leaflets with mild regurgitation account for MSC-LSM; earlier and(More)
Ten women with primary pulmonary hypertension had resting hemodynamic measurements taken before and after the nonparenteral administration of various vasodilators and prostaglandin inhibitors. Only sublingual isoproterenol, alone or combined with sublingual isosorbide dinitrate, effected a substantial (greater than 20%) drop in pulmonary vascular(More)
Observations on the atrial systolic murmur, the tricuspid opening snap, and the right atrial pressure pulse of tricuspid stenosis are presented, based on catheter manometer intracardiac sound and pressure recordings in five patients with hemodynamically significant tricuspid stenosis. The manometer-recorded right atrial pressure pulse of tricuspid stenosis(More)
To investigate the safety and efficacy of inferior vena caval (IVC) balloon occlusion for preload alteration in humans, 13 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy were studied before and during repeated (total of 78) IVC occlusions. Left and right ventricular (LV and RV) micromanometer pressures were simultaneously measured and M-mode and 2-D echocardiograms(More)