Natale Daniele Brunetti

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OBJECTIVE To estimate age- and sex-specific incidence of dementia, Alzheimer disease (AD), and vascular dementia (VaD) in the Conselice Study of Brain Aging, an Italian prospective population-based study, and to assess whether poor education is a risk factor for dementia. METHODS In 1999 to 2000, the baseline study identified a dementia-free cohort of 937(More)
BACKGROUND A limited number of studies have used Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI) to evaluate the effect of statin therapy on left ventricular dysfunction in patients with chronic heart failure. In this work, we aimed to determine whether statin administration influenced prognosis, inflammatory activation and myocardial performance evaluated by Tissue Doppler(More)
The cross-sectional association of functional impairment with several peripheral blood inflammatory markers (increased C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen and leucocyte count, decreased cholesterol and albumin) was studied in 739 elderly community-dwellers. Functional measures included Tinetti test for gait and balance, and basic and Instrumental(More)
BACKGROUND Few works have evaluated the effect of statins on left ventricular dysfunction in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), by using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI). We therefore aimed to investigate whether atorvastatin treatment may influence prognosis and myocardial performance evaluated by TDI in subjects with CHF. METHODS Five hundred(More)
Background. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection can exert proatherogenic activities due to its direct action on vessel walls and/or via the chronic inflammatory process involving the liver. Aims. To clarify the role of HCV in atherosclerosis development in monoinfected HCV patients at different degrees of liver fibrosis and with no risk factors for coronary(More)
We report the case of an 86-year-old man referred for abdominal pain and ECG signs of inferior myocardial infarction. Transthoracic, transoesophageal and contrast echocardiographs showed a septal intra-mural haematoma, dissecting the right ventricle wall and partially obliterating the right ventricle lumen. A patent communication with left ventricle with(More)
Lipids disorder is the principal cause of atherosclerosis and may present with several forms, according to blood lipoprotein prevalence. One of the most common forms is combined dyslipidemia, characterized by high levels of triglycerides and low level of high-density lipoprotein. Single lipid-lowering drugs may have very selective effect on lipoproteins;(More)
We read with great interest the review by Scholzel et al. [1], about chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hyperten-sion (CTEPH), and especially, the sections on pathophysi-ology, risk factors and diagnostic work-up. However, we would like a further comment about congenital abnormalities causing hypercoagulability in these subjects. In fact, in our experience(More)
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