Markus W. Ferrari

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OBJECTIVE MTHFR is an enzyme involved in the folate pathway. It has been suggested that common polymorphisms in its gene (C677T and A1298C) could be related to different methotrexate (MTX) response and toxicity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Agreement has not been found yet and there is no data on rheumatic Italian patients. The aim of this study is(More)
BACKGROUND The gene encoding brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been suggested as a candidate for major depression, and for depression susceptibility in different neurological and psychiatric diseases. No study has investigated the role of BDNF genetic variation and depressive symptoms in Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVE The aim of this study(More)
BACKGROUND Intra-aortic balloon counter-pulsation (IABP) is recommended for hemodynamic support in cardiogenic shock. In addition, it can be applied during high-risk percutaneous interventions (PCI). While IABP support improves microflow in cardiogenic shock, its effect in hemodynamically stable patients is still unclear. We, therefore, sought to evaluate(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective registry assessed the safety and efficacy of paclitaxel coated balloon (PCB) angioplasty for small vessel coronary artery disease in Europe and Asia with the intention to treat lesions without additional stenting. The use of PCBs in small vessels seems to be associated with favourable outcomes; however, prospective data for the(More)
AIMS Acutely decompensated heart failure (ADHF) leads to neurohumoral activation potentially affecting vascular tone and organ perfusion and may be linked to unfavourable outcome. Global haemodynamic, clinical, and laboratory parameters may severely underestimate tissue hypoperfusion. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate microvascular flow(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to analyze outcomes of patients with degenerated surgically implanted bioprosthetic heart valves undergoing valve-in-valve (viv) transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND Redo cardiac surgery for degenerated bioprosthetic heart valves is associated with increased risks, particular in elderly patients with(More)
The intra-aortic balloon counter pulsation (IABP) is the most frequently used method of mechanical cardiac support in cardiogenic shock (CS). Microcirculatory impairment correlates with outcome in critically ill patients. We therefore investigated the acute influence of IABP therapy on sublingual microflow in patients with CS. Sidestream darkfield(More)
BACKGROUND Experimental studies have shown an activation of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) system as a response to endothelial injury. Recent publications have elucidated the hypothesis that the ACE gene polymorphism may influence the level of late luminal loss after coronary stent implantation. It is still unclear whether the polymorphism of the(More)
PURPOSE This paper describes the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) pattern of multifocal intraductal papillary mucinous tumours (IPMT) of the pancreatic side branches and its evolution during followup. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-six patients with multifocal IPMT of the side branches were included in(More)
BACKGROUND The evaluation of new therapeutic modalities to induce collateral growth in coronary artery disease require improved methods of angiographic characterization of collaterals, which should be validated by quantitative assessment of collateral function. METHODS AND RESULTS In 100 patients with total chronic occlusion of a major coronary artery(More)