Rosa Santillo

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D-aspartic acid (D-Asp) has been isolated from neuroendocrine tissues of many invertebrates and vertebrates. Recently, it has been demonstrated that this D-amino acid may be converted to N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA), a neuromodulator associated with sexual activity. In this study, we determined D-Asp and NMDA concentrations in endocrine glands and other(More)
Experimental studies demonstrated that mineralocorticoid antagonists prevent or reverse myocardial fibrosis. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that the aldosterone antagonist canrenone can improve left ventricular diastolic function in essential hypertension. Using digitized M-mode echocardiography and 24-hour blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), we realized(More)
We evaluated the relationship of microalbuminuria to hyperinsulinemia and family history of hypertension in 92 never-treated essential hypertensives (mean 24-h blood pressure >140 or 90 mm Hg), with positive (F+) or negative (F-) family history of hypertension: 31 had microalbuminuria (MA+) (urinary albumin excretion [UAE], 30 to 300 mg/24 h) and 61 had(More)
OBJECTIVE Objective To determine whether the use of patients' individual awake/asleep patterns instead of fixed day/night intervals would influence the correlations between blood pressure values and left ventricular morpho-functional characteristics. METHODS We enrolled 167 never-treated hypertensives (clinic blood pressures >160 mmHg systolic or 90 mmHg(More)
BACKGROUND Isolated office (IO) hypertension is a benign condition according to some researchers, whereas others believe it is associated with cardiovascular abnormalities and increased cardiovascular risk. The aim of this study is to compare morphofunctional characteristics of the left ventricle (LV) in IO hypertensive subjects, normotensive subjects(More)
Using 24-h ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring and digitized M-mode echocardiography, we evaluated whether microalbuminuria is related to preclinical left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction in hypertensive patients. We selected 87 never-treated hypertensive patients (mean 24-h BP > 140 and/or > 90 mm Hg); albuminuria was evaluated as mean value of(More)
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