Maurizio Nastasi

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BACKGROUND Current recommendations require a QRS duration of ≥120 ms as a condition for prescribing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). This study was designed to test the hypothesis that patients with heart failure (HF) of ischemic origin, current indications for defibrillator implantation, and QRS <120 ms may benefit from CRT in the presence of(More)
Vaccinium myrtillus L. (blueberry) leaf infusions are traditionally used as a folk medicine treatment of diabetes. To further define this therapeutical action, a dried hydroalcoholic extract of the leaf was administered orally to streptozotocin-diabetic rats for 4 days. Plasma glucose levels were consistently found to drop by about 26% at two different(More)
This study was designed to asses in a prospective survey the intra and post-operative adverse outcome of paediatric patients in Italy. The data was carried out in representative samples of anaesthetics performed in different Italian Institutions, which were chosen by the National Study Group for Paediatric Anaesthesia, and included: paediatric, general,(More)
The "EGM width criterion" is a discrimination algorithm that was available in the last generation ICDs. It improved ventricular tachycardia detection by withholding inappropriate therapy deliveries in the presence of narrow QRS tachycardias. The accuracy of the algorithm depends on the optimal settings of the intracardiac EGM source, the "slew thresholds,"(More)
One hundred and seventy-three patients, mean age 74 years permanently paced with 123 atrial (53 unipolar, 70 bipolar) and 143 ventricular (73 unipolar, 70 bipolar) pacing leads were included in this study. The pacing leads were recent generation low surface area steroid eluting leads from one manufacturer: leads with silicone and polyurethane insulation(More)
Supravalvular aortic stenosis (SAS) is an unusual form of progressive left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction, frequently associated with others vascular and physical anomalies. Between July 1980 and July 1986 eight such patients have been operated upon. In seven patients patch aortoplasty (according to McGoon or Doty technique) relieved the(More)