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INTRODUCTION AND AIMS Although uncommonly, infective endocarditis in non-addict patients may involve people without predisponente heart disease. The aim of our study was to assess the clinical and prognostic features of this type of endocarditis and to compare them with those of the more common type of endocarditis with underlying lesion. METHODS With(More)
We report the case of a 63-year-old female diagnosed with Churg-Strauss syndrome with both pericardial tamponade and myocardial involvement with congestive heart failure. Allergic granulomatosis and angiitis (Churg-Strauss syndrome) is classically characterized by hypereosinophilia and systemic necrotizing vasculitis of medium and small arteries in patients(More)
BACKGROUND While usually not the only factor in obese patients, prescription medications, which may increase appetite or body weight, can be important in some individuals. The cause of weight gain in such cases may go unrecognized or lead to cessation of medication with or without the practitioner's knowledge or approval. METHODS We found illustrative(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Sudden death is not uncommon in patients with severe congestive heart failure. The aim of our study was to assess the incidence, mechanisms and clinical predictors of sudden death in a large series of patients with severe congestive heart failure evaluated for heart transplantation. METHODS With this aim we have reviewed our(More)
AIMS The aim of our study was to assess the spontaneous outcome of acute myocarditis associated with severe cardiac dysfunction in children, as well as to compare these features with those occurring in adult patients. METHODS Fifty patients consecutively diagnosed of acute myocarditis during the last 7 years in our hospital were studied; 15 patients were(More)
We report a case of a patient with an aortic prosthetic valve who had Q fever endocarditis, glomerulonephritis and rapidly progressive renal failure. He was seen in 1987 and successfully treated by heart valve surgery and a one-year course of doxycycline. Five years later, the patient had another episode of Q fever endocarditis, involving the native mitral(More)
This study compared two consecutive antithrombotic strategies after Palmaz-Schatz stent implantation and involved 918 patients. Patients treated between May 1991 and May 1994 (group 1; n = 379) received aspirin, dipyridamole, and intravenous unfractionated heparin until oral anticoagulation was effective, between June 1994 and August 1995, 539 patients(More)
Hypersensitivity of the carotid sinus corresponds to a ventricular pause equal to or exceeding 3 seconds and/or a blood pressure drop equal to or exceeding 50 mmHg, induced by massage of the carotid sinus (MCS). MCS remains the diagnostic method of these two syndromes: cardio-inhibitor/vasodepressor. It must be performed systematically during the work-up of(More)
AIMS Intraventricular conduction defects (IVCDs) can impair prognosis of heart failure (HF), but their specific impact is not well established. This study aimed to analyse the clinical profile and outcomes of HF patients with LBBB, right bundle branch block (RBBB), left anterior fascicular block (LAFB), and no IVCDs. METHODS AND RESULTS Clinical variables(More)
To assess the incidence of a specific etiology and the role of methods for specific etiologic diagnosis in patients with primary acute pericarditis, we studied 100 patients with primary acute pericarditis consecutively admitted to our hospital between 1991 and 1993. A general diagnostic protocol was performed in all patients, whereas only pericardiocentesis(More)
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