Pia Francesca Tomassini

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS The burden perceived by caregivers of patients with dementia is a fundamental prognostic aspect in the history of the disease. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the internal consistency of the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI), a scale used to quantify burdens in different aspects of a caregiver's life, and the influence of(More)
BACKGROUND Considerable suffering is experienced by carers of patients with dementia. Most existing studies do not consider the coexistence of subjective and objective aspects that cause, interacting to each other, this suffering. OBJECTIVES In this study we: (1) define the high-risk group of caregivers on the bases of the scores obtained on the four(More)
The antihypertensive effect of the calcium-antagonist verapamil was investigated in two groups of patients, adult hypertensives (AH, < 65 years of age) and elderly hypertensives (EH, > 65 years of age), who were treated with 240 mg p. o. sustained-release (SR) verapamil for 4 months. Arterial blood pressure was significantly reduced in both groups: the(More)
In this double-blind, crossover study the authors have validated stroke volume determination by impedance cardiography against the pulsed Doppler echocardiographic method in elderly hypertensives. They found a good correlation between the stroke volume values obtained by the two methods over a range of values from 30 to 130 mL. The coefficient of linear(More)
Fourteen hypertensives aged > 66-77 years, whose diastolic blood pressure (DBP) was > or = 95 mmHg at the end of 1-month treatment with verapamil 240 mg SR, took part in this clinical-hemodynamic study. Patients were randomized to add the long-acting hydralazine derivative, cadralazine, 10 mg once daily, or chlorthalidone 25 mg once daily for 1 month each,(More)
In the pre-thrombolytic era exercise testing showed the ability to identify a low-risk population with a 1 year event rate < 1% and a moderate-high risk group with an event rate up to 17% within 1 year after acute myocardial infarction. The most significant parameters are the markers of compromised left ventricular contractility. Since the introduction of(More)
Heart failure (HF) represents a major problem in Western countries due to its high prevalence, frequent need for hospitalization and extremely severe prognosis. There have been remarkable advances in long-term drug therapy. During the last decade, the use of vasodilatators, in particular of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)-inhibitors, has been added to(More)
Ischemic Cardiomiopathy (IC) is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly and its incidence increases progressively with age. Holter monitoring (HM) is used to study IC which reveals asymptomatic ischemic episodes identifiable with the depression of the ST tract. It has been demonstrated that these electric manifestations have the same(More)
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