Michele Damiano

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OBJECTIVE To determine the clinical usefulness of skin temperature patterns for tracking reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) by assessing (a) long-term relationships between changes in pain due to RSD and patterns of near surface blood flow and (b) relationships between site of pain and site of greatest asymmetries in near surface blood flow patterns. (More)
OBJECTIVES We compared the efficacy of two different mapping techniques in identifying the ablation site for atrial tachycardia. Moreover, we evaluated the additive positive predictive value of mechanical interruption of atrial tachycardia to reduce the number of ineffective radiofrequency applications. BACKGROUND Radiofrequency catheter ablation has been(More)
A group of 13 patients on Continous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis up to 18 months was studied. During the study period, Peritoneal Urea Clearance was stable. In all but 2 cases peritonitis did not depress the efficiency in clearing urea. When Peritoneal Urea Clearance was corrected for 1.73 m2 surface area, there was on the average an 11.8% increase over(More)
Nitrogen balance studies were performed in 8 patients undergoing CAPD. Patients were studied in a metabolic ward for 14 days while eating a diet providing 1.2 g/kg B.W. of proteins and supplying 166-188 KG/Kg. From these studies it is concluded that 1.2 g/Kg are a safe intake for patients on CAPD. Nevertheless it is strongly suggested that patients on CAPD(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is useful for the treatment of severe congestive heart failure. Unfortunately up to 30% of patients could be non-responders. The aim of our study was to find parameters to predict responsiveness to CRT. METHODS Fifteen patients (9 males, 6 females, mean age 67.3 +/- 7.8 years, range 52-83 years) with(More)
We briefly describe our experience with transthoracic Doppler echocardiography for the direct evaluation of mid-distal left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) stenosis. Three patients with previous myocardial infarction, scheduled for coronary flow reserve evaluation, underwent Doppler analysis of the mid-distal LAD. In all 3 cases, the mid-distal(More)
It is very difficult to evaluate the ability of carrying out physical exercise in patients with rate responsive (RR) pacemaker (PM). However, the anaerobic threshold (AT) proved to be a useful parameter in the evaluation of cardiac function. The AT can be easily reproduced and not influenced from emotional aspects of both the patient and the physician,(More)