Natale Daniele Brunetti

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BACKGROUND C-reactive protein (CRP) plasmatic levels increase in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Correlations between CRP levels, myocardial functional damage and cardiomyocyte lysis remain to be defined. METHODS 192 consecutive patients with acute coronary syndromes (64.97 +/- 11.08 mean age, 71.35% male gender) were included in the study;(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate the release of some inflammatory cytokines (Cks) during the very early phase (first 24 h) of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Twenty-six consecutive subjects admitted to coronary care unit with ACS underwent serial blood sampling in order to evaluate concentrations of interleukin (IL)-2, IL-10, IL-18, tumor necrosis(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) might be associated with an inflammatory activation and reduced left ventricular (LV) function. Less is known with regard to newly introduced markers of LV dysfunction such as carbohydrate antigen-125 (CA-125) in subjects with AF. The aim of this study was therefore to assess possible associations between AF, inflammatory(More)
BACKGROUND C-reactive protein (CRP) plasma levels increase in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The role and implications of increased plasma concentrations of other acute phase proteins (APPs), such as alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT), alpha-1 glycoprotein (A1GP), haptoglobin (HG), ceruloplasmin (CP), and C3c and C4 complement fraction, in patients(More)
This study aimed to investigate lymphocyte populations in non-diabetic patients with early clinical presentation of coronary heart disease (CHD). Twenty-five consecutive middle-aged (<55 years) out-patients with CHD (acute myocardial infarction in the previous 3 months) and stable clinical conditions (>1 month) underwent venous blood sampling in order to(More)
The application of tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) has shown remarkable growth in clinical practice during the past few years, especially, in risk stratification of patients with coronary heart disease or heart failure (systolic and diastolic). Myocardial performance index (MPI) is a Doppler echocardiographic parameter defined as the sum of the isovolemic(More)
Elevated cardiac troponin levels often lead to a diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, this finding may occur also in other conditions, both nonischemic and noncardiovascular, leading to an incorrect diagnosis of ACS and, sometimes, invasive tests. We describe various cardiovascular diseases other than ACS (heart failure, pulmonary embolism,(More)
AIM The aim of this study is to investigate the T helper (Th)2-dependent release of interleukin(IL)-4 and IL-13 in patients with unstable angina treated with coronary angioplasty (PCI). METHODS This study involved 48 consecutive patients with unstable angina who underwent PCI. Blood samples were taken before and 48 h after PCI to evaluate serum IL-4 and(More)
Investigation of the mechanisms of atherosclerosis has determined that inflammation plays a central role in the development, progression, and outcome of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). C-reactive protein (CRP) plasma levels increase in patients with ACS. CPR is an important prognostic marker in ACS, following angioplasty, and in the long-term management of(More)
Recurrent angina in patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention is defined as recurrence of chest pain or chest discomfort. Careful assessment is recommended to differentiate between non-cardiac and cardiac causes. In the case of the latter, recurrent angina occurrence can be related to structural ('stretch pain', in-stent restenosis, in-stent(More)