Riccardo Bigi

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OBJECTIVES This study sought to test the hypothesis that thrombus removal, with a new manual thrombus-aspirating device, before primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) may improve myocardial reperfusion compared with standard PPCI in patients with ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI). BACKGROUND In STEMI patients, PPCI may(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)
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)
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)
Stunning and hibernation represent two different forms of tissue viability identifiable in acute coronary syndromes and chronic ischaemic cardiomyopathy, respectively. Functional recovery occurs spontaneously with myocardial stunning, while it generally follows revascularization in case of hibernating myocardium. Low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography(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)
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)
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)
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)
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)