Salvatore Felis

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We observed the development of left ventricular outflow tract dynamic obstruction in some patients during dobutamine stress echocardiography. The purpose of this study was to identify the possible mechanisms and to consider the clinical implications. From 11/04/94 to 01/09/97 we studied 547 patients; 42 patients developed dynamic obstruction, defined as a(More)
We present the case of a 73-year-old male with diffusely aneurysmal artery disease. Echocardiography revealed a 4.5 cm mass, adjacent to the right side of the heart, suggesting a diagnosis of coronary artery aneurysm. The findings were confirmed at magnetic resonance imaging and coronary angiography. Moreover, in view of the reported strong association(More)
BACKGROUND Fetal acidemia at birth is defined as a newborn condition wherein the cord blood pH value is less than 7.0. It could represent an association with newborn brain damage; therefore, it is important to investigate which conditions precipitate its occurrence. No extensive placental analysis has been performed in cases of acidotic newborns delivered(More)
Autophagy is an inducible catabolic process activated during compromised conditions, such as hypoxia. Neonatal encephalopathy (NE) is a syndrome of disturbed neurological function. No absolute prognostic indicators are available at birth to identify neonates at high risk to develop NE. Immunohistochemical staining with LC3 antibody was performed on 40(More)
This study was designed to assess the sensibility, specificity and diagnostic accuracy of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and X-ray contrast enhanced computed tomography (CT) in the diagnosis of aortic dissection and its complications. Fifty patients with clinically suspected aortic dissection were examined. Imaging results were validated in each(More)
Nicardipine i.v. bolus (5 mg/5 min) was administered in the pulmonary artery trunk in 13 patients (2 f, 11 m), mean age 48 +/- 8 yrs, affected by ischemia congestive heart failure, with pulmonary hypertension (pulmonary vascular resistances greater than 6 U.W. and/or systolic pulmonary artery blood pressure greater than or equal to 60 mmHg). The(More)
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the main causes of cardiovascular morbility and mortality. Actual research lines are directed towards the discovery of silent CAD before hard events as myocardial infarction and sudden death. Dobutamine stress echocardiography is an useful method to assess patients with suspected CAD who, are not able to stand an(More)
Despite optimal hemodynamics at rest, the performance of the aortic valve under stress conditions long after David I procedure is still debated. From 2001-2014, 73 patients underwent reimplantation with David I technique. Aortic valve function of 13 patients (age 61.2 ± 8.72) with a follow-up of at least 5 years (6.3 ± 0.9 years) was assessed at exercise(More)
Active infective endocarditis (AIE) involving native and especially prosthetic aortic valve is often complicated by conduction abnormalities. These conduction disturbances are considered to represent extension of infection from the valve to the annulus and surrounding myocardium. The authors report their experience of conduction disorders in 6/8 patients in(More)