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BACKGROUND Although appropriateness criteria for stress echocardiography have been developed to deliver high-quality care, the prognostic impact of these criteria remains undefined. Therefore, we sought to assess the prognostic implication of the American College of Cardiology/American Society of Echocardiography appropriateness criteria for pharmacological(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this multicenter, multinational, prospective, observational study was to assess the relative value of myocardial viability and induced ischemia early after uncomplicated myocardial infarction. BACKGROUND Dobutamine-atropine stress echocardiography allows evaluation of rest function (at baseline), myocardial viability (at low dose)(More)
Diagnostic tests that are hazardous or infeasible, or both, may become accepted before inadequacies are recognised; only multicentre trials can provide the necessary information for an unrestricted acceptance of any new diagnostic procedure. We prospectively studied the results obtained in 24 experienced echocardiography laboratories. 2949 tests were done(More)
OBJECTIVE Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in diabetic patients; therefore, their risk stratification is a relevant issue. Because exercise tolerance is frequently impaired in these patients, pharmacological stress echocardiography (SE) has been suggested as a valuable alternative. Our aim was to evaluate the(More)
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) is an uncommon type of non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. Few data are available regarding ECG abnormalities in patients with HAPE. They are usually slight and related to acute pulmonary hypertension. This paper describes a case of prolonged ECG abnormalities in a subject with HAPE, with no proven cardiac diseases. The(More)
AIM A relative excess of fat in the upper body region has been proven to be associated with increased coronary artery disease (CAD) risk. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is probably the most accurate and precise method available to study fat regional distribution and to directly measure total body fat and lean soft tissue mass. However, while several(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic value of myocardial viability recognized as a contractile response to vasodilator stimulation in patients with left ventricular dysfunction in a large scale, prospective, multicentre, observational study. METHODS AND RESULTS Three hundred and seven patients (mean age 60 +/- 10 years) with(More)
One hundred twenty-five patients (60 +/- 10 years old, 60 women) with known (35, previous myocardial infarction) or suspected (90) coronary artery disease (CAD) and no more than 50% coronary stenoses underwent pharmacologic (48 dipyridamole and 77 dobutamine) stress echocardiography (SE) and prospective follow-up (36 +/- 22 months) for cardiac death,(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to compare the prognostic value of pharmacological stress echocardiography (SE) in diabetic and nondiabetic patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. BACKGROUND Although SE is a useful tool for risk stratification of patients with diabetes, it has not been established whether it retains the same prognostic information(More)
BACKGROUND Risk stratification after uncomplicated myocardial infarction is major clinical problem. In particular, the prognostic value of residual inducible ischaemia is still controversial. We compared the relative prognostic value of exercise ECG and dobutamine stress echocardiography performed in the early post-infarction period. METHODS Four hundred(More)