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BACKGROUND Brugada syndrome is associated with a high risk of sudden cardiac death and is caused by mutations in the cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel gene. Previously, the R282H-SCN5A mutation in the sodium channel gene was identified in patients with Brugada syndrome. In a family carrying the R282H-SCN5A mutation, an asymptomatic individual had a(More)
OBJECTIVES The value of interventricular and intraventricular echocardiographic asynchrony parameters in predicting reverse remodeling after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) was investigated. BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy has been suggested as a promising strategy in patients with severe heart failure and left bundle branch block(More)
BACKGROUND Asymptomatic reductions in arterial pressure have been reported to occur before the onset of tilt-induced syncope. We investigated the predictive value of these reductions for a positive tilt result. METHODS AND RESULTS In a first study, 238 consecutive healthy subjects with unexplained syncope underwent a passive tilt table test. Finger(More)
Although the pathophysiology of vasovagal syncope is not completely understood, the involvement of sympathetic nervous system alterations has been suggested. Since predisposition to fainting during orthostatic challenge may be associated with genetic variations, we sought to explore the role of genetic polymorphisms affecting sympathetic nervous system(More)
AIMS Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an inherited channelopathy that can be characterized by mild right ventricular (RV) abnormalities that are not detectable with conventional echocardiography. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of RV abnormalities in BrS patients when compared with controls and a group of patients with arrhythmogenic right(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease (CKD) entails a worse cardiovascular outcome. The aim of our work was to study the relationship between CKD and the achievement of recommended targets for glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) and blood pressure (BP) in a real-life sample of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal timing for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in patients with recent acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is unclear. Cardiac troponin I (cTnI) is a widely accepted biomarker of myocardial damage. The objective of this study was to determine whether preoperative cTnI values could be used to determine risk stratification for CABG(More)
The identification of clinical predictors for the development of chronic kidney disease is a critical issue in the management of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.We evaluated 27,029 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥60 mL/min/1.73 m and normoalbuminuria from the database of the Italian Association(More)
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