Marco Boccalatte

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Diastolic dysfunction is common in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). Previous studies suggest that Doppler transmitral flow velocity profiles, and the left atrial (LA) M-mode echogram can be used noninvasively to evaluate left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. However, this has not been proved in HC. In this study we determined the relation of Doppler(More)
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) is characterized by impaired diastolic function and, in about 1/4 of patients, left ventricular (LV) outflow tract obstruction. Atrioventricular (AV) pacing diminishes LV outflow tract gradient in HC, but impairs diastolic function in the experimental animal and in different categories of patients. To investigate the effects(More)
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) is characterized by impaired diastolic function, and left ventricular (LV) outflow tract obstruction in about one-fourth of patients. Verapamil improves diastolic properties, but may have dangerous adverse effects. This study investigates the effects of diltiazem on hemodynamics and LV function in 16 patients with HC who(More)
Clinical outcome after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is significantly worse in diabetic patients in comparison to nondiabetic patients. The subset of diabetic patients in the ARTS trial treated with multivessel stenting had the lowest 1-year event-free survival. We examined our experience of multivessel PCI in diabetics to assess clinical outcome(More)
Inflammation is a critical pathogenic component in acute coronary syndromes. As a consequence the potential use of inflammatory markers as predictors of clinical outcome in acute coronary syndromes has been investigated. This review outlines the pathology underlying acute coronary syndromes and reviews the published data on inflammatory markers in acute(More)
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most important cardiovascular risk factors. An increased prevalence of silent or paucisymptomatic myocardial ischaemia has been described in diabetic patients. The authors examined the relationship between glucose metabolism balance and acute ischemic heart disease symptoms in 174 patients: 46 diabetics and 128 non diabetics.(More)
Lipomas of the heart are rare (only 0.5% according to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology series) and their diagnosis is often difficult because they are asymptomatic; in fact, in contrast to lipomatous hypertrophy, lipomas are usually found on the epicardial surfaces of the atria or ventricles. In our case, the lipoma was located in both atria and was(More)