Maria Stella Fera

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OBJECTIVE To understand whether patients with post-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy and myocardial viability (MV) could benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in terms of clinical, echocardiographic and neuro- hormonal parameters compared to patients without MV. METHODS One hundred and four consecutive patients were enrolled in a prospective(More)
Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) has evolved to become a useful non invasive method that can complement other echocardiographic techniques in the assessment of left ventricular function in different clinical conditions. Spectral pulsed TDI can provide measurements of regional systolic and diastolic myocardial velocities and is particularly useful in detecting(More)
The aim of this study was to comparatively assess the effects of irbesartan and amlodipine monotherapies on left ventricular mass index (LVMI) in patients with mild to moderate untreated hypertension and echocardiographically determined left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). Sixty hypertensive patients (35 men, 25 women; mean age, 52.8 years +/- 12.6) with(More)
BACKGROUND Thrombolysis has reduced early and longterm mortality by about 20%; sometimes, however, there is a re-occlusion of the infarct related artery or an unsuccessful thrombolysis. In these situations, there is a possible increase in detrimental events in the follow-up. OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to compare the prognostic value of dobutamine(More)
We compared two models of assistance (telecardiology versus usual care) for patients discharged after acute coronary syndrome (ACS), in the assessment of angina. Two hundred patients were randomized into two groups at discharge for ACS: Group A to telecardiology and Group B to usual care. Early hospital readmission (in the first month) occurred in 16(More)
BACKGROUND There is no written data about the efficacy of transesophageal electropharmacologic test (TEPT) to guide antiarrhythmic therapy in the prophylaxis of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) recurrences. Aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of TEPT compared to empiric treatment in the prophylaxis of PAF. METHODS One-hundred-sixty patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the efficacy and safety of transoesophageal (TOC) vs. transthoracic (TTC) electrical cardioversion, both with biphasic shocks, for sinus rhythm (SR) restoration in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS We randomised 210 patients (151 male, 59 female, mean age 66 +/- 9 years) with persistent AF into two groups:(More)
AIMS Comparing efficacy and safety of ibutilide vs. transoesophageal atrial pacing (ATP) for the termination of type I atrial flutter (AFL). METHODS AND RESULTS Eighty-seven patients affected by AFL lasting between 2 h and 30 days were randomized in two groups: Group 1-i.v. ibutilide treatment, up to 2 mg, and Group 2-ATP, with "burst" and "ramp" pacing(More)
The effect of vasodilator Molsidomine (M) vs placebo on left ventricular dimensions and function measured by echocardiography was evaluated in a randomized study on 23 patients (pts) with refractory congestive heart failure (R CF) (NYHA class III-IV). The pts were randomized in two groups: group A (12 pts) received M, group B received an identical appearing(More)
OBJECTIVES Aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy and safety of flecainide (F) and sotalol (S) for the prevention of recurrences of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). METHODS Sixty-six patients with PAF (> or = 3 episodes of atrial fibrillation in the last year) in sinus rhythm, were randomized to pharmacological oral treatment with F (20(More)