Maria Gioia Stefanini

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It has been proposed that an increased activity of cell membrane Na+/H+ exchange, mirrored by increased erythrocyte Li+/Na+ exchange, may facilitate cell hypertrophy and hyperplasia. Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus may develop a specific cardiomyopathy with systolic and diastolic abnormalities and increased thickness of the left ventricle.(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ambulatory external cardioversion (EC) by means of monophasic and biphasic shock in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS One hundred and twenty-seven consecutive patients with AF were submitted to EC, preceded by short general anesthesia with propofol, after(More)
A pilot project for the control of hypertension in the Community was carried out in Italy as a part of the WHO Programme "Community Control of Hypertension". 1190 subjects identified as hypertensive (BP greater than or equal to 160 and/or 95 mmHg at two subsequent measurements, or under treatment) during the screening of a random sample of the population(More)
BACKGROUND Aim of the present study was to compare the ability of low-dose (5-10 gamma/Kg/min) dobutamine echocardiography (DE) and of positron emission tomography (PET), performed after a thrombolized acute myocardial infarction (AMI), to predict the spontaneous functional recovery (SFR) of viable but akinetic myocardial segments. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
A patient with carcinoma of the kidney and right heart metastasis is reported. Transesophageal echocardiography allowed to detect the cardiac metastasis and to control the efficacy of antineoplastic therapy. The surgical resection of the primitive tumor was subsequently possible.
During the initial phase of the World Health Organization (WHO) "Community Control Program of Hypertension" in Italy, 1190 subjects with high blood pressure derived from a general population random sample (5856 people of both sexes, aged 20 to 64 years) were enrolled in a hypertension register. At the registration visit (RV), each of them gave case history(More)
In the course of a general population survey in Mirano (Venice), Northern Italy, a random sample of 1,903 subjects (50.1% men) aged 20–59 was examined. Fifty-five were diabetic (fasting plasma glucose ⩾ 140 mg/dl or diagnosed by a physician) and 1,670 non-diabetic subjects (fasting plasma glucose below 110 mg/dl). In this paper an assessment was made on the(More)
We describe a case od echocardiographic visualisation of right atrial thrombus in a patient affected by pulmonary embolism. The thrombus had the characteristic aspect of embolus with venous origin. The litic treatment with rTPA, during echocardiographic monitoring, was effective with disappearance of the thrombus and quick improvement of symptoms.
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