Maria Pia Ruggieri

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BACKGROUND Recent studies demonstrate that chronic anal fissure can be the consequence of a local ischemic process. Thus hypothesizing that at the perianal level the interaction of immune component with endothelium could constitute a mechanism determining ischemia and hypertonia, the presence or absence of circulating anti-endothelial cell antibodies(More)
Helicobacter pylori virulent strains have been shown to affect cardiovascular diseases through molecular mimicry mechanisms. Silent autoimmune myocarditis has been hypothesized to be the cause of idiopathic dysrhythmias (IA). The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of virulent H. pylori strains in patients affected by IA. In this study,54 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Action Pistol Shooting, implies high degree of physical and psychological stress, however cardiovascular adaptation during competition has not been studied so far. METHODS We studied six healthy males athletes, during the Italian National Dynamic Pistol Shooting Championship. ECG was monitored and blood pressure (BP) manually measured along the(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess, in patients with ventricular preexcitation, the time dependent physiological variation of antegrade conduction properties in the AV node and in accessory pathways (Aps) as a function of autonomic tone variation induced by posture and physical effort, using noninvasive transesophageal atrial pacing. In 74 WPW patients(More)
BACKGROUND Violence against women is a significant health problem and a hidden phenomenon, in Italy that about 31% of the women have been victims of violence once in life. Aims of this study are to describe characteristics of women victims of violence (VV) attending the EDs in the Lazio region in 2008 and to illustrate the frequency and characteristics of(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the prevalence of anti-β-adrenoceptors autoantibodies (aβAA) in patients with idiopathic arrhythmias (IA) and to assess whether aβAA are predictive markers for concealed cardiomyopathy in such patients. METHODS AND RESULTS Sixty-seven patients (group 1) with IA [25 supraventricular (SVA) and 42 ventricular (VA)]; 14 patients (group(More)
Acute angioedema represents a cause of admission to the emergency department requiring rapid diagnosis and appropriate management to prevent airway obstruction. Several drugs, including angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and oral antidiabetics, have been reported to induce angioedema. The aim of(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with myotonic dystrophy, histopathological and electrophysiologic abnormalities of cardiac conduction system may lead to sudden cardiac death due to atrioventricular block or to ventricular electrical instability. METHODS Four members of a family affected by myotonic dystrophy are reported, which underwent a cardiological(More)
INTRODUCTION Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the third most common cardiovascular illness after acute coronary syndrome and stroke and and the most common preventable cause of hospital-related death. Several studies have demonstrated a significant reduction of fatal pulmonary embolism attributed to the introduction of thromboprophylactic measures and(More)
Chest pain is a common general practice presentation that requires careful diagnostic assessment because of its diverse and potentially serious causes. However, the evaluation of acute chest pain remains challenging, despite many new insights over the past two decades. The percentage of patients presenting to the emergency departments because of acute chest(More)