Riccardo Rambaldi

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OBJECTIVES This study was designed to address, in patients with severe ischemic left ventricular dysfunction, whether dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) can predict improvement of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), functional status and long-term prognosis after revascularization. BACKGROUND Dobutamine stress echocardiography can predict(More)
AIMS To risk stratify and shorten hospital stay in patients with spontaneous (resting) chest pain and a non-diagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG). METHODS AND RESULTS The study comprised 102 patients (mean age 58+/-12 years, 67 men) with spontaneous chest pain and a non-diagnostic ECG. Forty-three patients had suspected coronary artery disease and 59 had(More)
Subjective interpretation of dobutamine echocardiograms provides only moderate interinstitutional observer agreement if nonunified data acquisition and assessment criteria are applied. The present study was undertaken to evaluate parameters associated with low interinstitutional observer agreement in the interpretation of dobutamine echocardiograms and to(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with left bundle branch block exhibit abnormal septal motion which may limit the interpretation of stress echocardiograms. This study sought to assess the diagnostic value of dobutamine-atropine stress echocardiography in left bundle branch block patients. METHODS AND RESULTS Sixty-four left bundle branch block patients (mean age 59(More)
AIMS Risk stratification after uncomplicated acute myocardial infarction is mostly applied by either symptom-limited post discharge exercise electrocardiography or pre-discharge submaximal exercise test. Aim of the present study was to determine if early pharmacological stress echocardiography and discharge within 24 hours of the test in cases without(More)
BACKGROUND Pharmacological stress echocardiography and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy are used frequently for risk stratification in patients with suspected myocardial ischemia. However, their relative prognostic strength has never been explored. METHODS AND RESULTS Two hundred twenty consecutive patients with chest pain (mean age, 60 +/- 12 years; 124(More)
Cardiac events in the peri-operative phase and late after non-cardiac vascular surgery are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Numerous tests and diagnostic strategies--usually consisting of a combination of analysis of clinical risk factors and additional non-exercise dependent stress testing, such as thallium scintigraphy, or stress(More)
BACKGROUND Late cardiac events after major noncardiac vascular surgery are an important cause of morbidity and mortality. We studied the prognostic value of preoperative dobutamine stress echocardiography, relative to clinical risk assessment, in predicting late cardiac events. METHODS AND RESULTS Three hundred sixteen patients undergoing major vascular(More)
BACKGROUND Both nuclear imaging with F18-fluorodeoxyglucose and dobutamine stress echocardiography have been used to identify viable myocardium, although dobutamine-stress echocardiography has been demonstrated to be the less sensitive of the two. AIM To compare the accuracy of pulsed-wave Doppler tissue sampling with dobutamine-stress echocardiography(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate the time course of improvement of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in stable patients and its implications on the accuracy of dobutamine echocardiography for predicting improvement after surgical revascularization. BACKGROUND Little is known about the optimal timing for evaluation of postrevascularization recovery(More)