Matteo Bertini

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BACKGROUND Phrenic stimulation (PS) may hinder left ventricular (LV) pacing. We prospectively observed its prevalence in consecutive patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices. METHODS AND RESULTS In the years 2003 to 2006, 197 patients received a CRT device. PS and LV threshold measurements were carried out at implantation and at(More)
The literature on short-term traffic flow forecasting has undergone great development recently. Many works, describing a wide variety of different approaches, which very often share similar features and ideas, have been published. However, publications presenting new prediction algorithms usually employ different settings, data sets, and performance(More)
Regional left ventricular (LV) myocardial functional changes in early diabetic cardiomyopathy have not been well documented. LV multidirectional strain and strain rate analyses by 2-dimensional speckle tracking were used to detect subtle myocardial dysfunction in 47 asymptomatic, male patients (age 57 +/- 6 years) with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The results(More)
BACKGROUND The relative merits of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony, LV lead position, and myocardial scar to predict long-term outcome after cardiac resynchronization therapy remain unknown and were evaluated in the present study. METHODS AND RESULTS In 397 ischemic heart failure patients, 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging was performed, with(More)
BACKGROUND 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) may provide more accurate aortic annular and left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) dimensions and geometries compared with 2D TEE. We assessed agreements between 2D and 3D TEE measurements with multislice computed tomography (MSCT) and changes in annular/LVOT areas and geometries after transcatheter(More)
AIMS To identify changes in multidirectional strain and strain rate (SR) in patients with aortic stenosis (AS). METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 420 patients (age 66.1 ± 14.5 years, 60.7% men) with aortic sclerosis, mild, moderate, and severe AS with preserved left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction [(EF), ≥50%] were included. Multidirectional strain and SR(More)
BACKGROUND Interpretation of dobutamine stress echocardiogram (DSE) is often subjective and requires expert training. The purposes of this study was to determine optimal cutoff values for longitudinal, circumferential, and radial strains at peak DSE for detection of significant stenoses on coronary angiography and to investigate incremental value of(More)
OBJECTIVES This study explored the effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on left ventricular (LV) twist, particularly in relation to LV lead position. BACKGROUND LV twist is emerging as a comprehensive index of LV function. METHODS Eighty heart failure patients were included. Two-dimensional echocardiography was performed at baseline,(More)
BACKGROUND The extent of viable myocardial tissue is recognized as a major determinant of recovery of left ventricular (LV) function after myocardial infarction. In the current study, the role of global LV strain assessed with novel automated function imaging (AFI) to predict functional recovery after acute infarction was evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS A(More)
Left ventricular (LV) twist and untwisting rate are emerging as global and thorough parameters for assessment of LV function. This study explored differences of LV twist and untwisting rate in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and patients with ischemic and nonischemic chronic heart failure (HF). Fifty patients with AMI, 49 with ischemic HF,(More)