Savina Nodari

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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the serum levels of carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). BACKGROUND CA125 is a glycoprotein produced by serosal epithelium, found to be increased in ovarian cancer. METHODS Serum levels of CA125 were obtained in 286 patients (122 males and 164 females; age 69(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to test the effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on left ventricular (LV) systolic function in chronic heart failure (HF) due to nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NICM). BACKGROUND One hundred thirty-three patients with NICM and minimal symptoms on standard therapy were randomized to 2 g of n-3 PUFAs or(More)
BACKGROUND n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) exert antiarrhythmic effects and reduce sudden cardiac death. However, their role in the prevention of atrial fibrillation remains controversial. We aimed to determine the effect of n-3 PUFAs in addition to amiodarone and a renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitor on the maintenance of sinus(More)
N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) intake is associated with a reduction in sudden cardiac death in patients with ischemic heart disease. Their effects in patients with heart failure caused by idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) are unknown. We compared with placebo the effects of n-3 PUFAs administration in 44 patients with IDC and with(More)
BACKGROUND Both metoprolol and carvedilol produce hemodynamic and clinical benefits in patients with chronic heart failure; carvedilol exerts greater antiadrenergic effects than metoprolol, but it is unknown whether this pharmacological difference results in hemodynamic and clinical differences between the 2 drugs. METHODS AND RESULTS We randomized 150(More)
BACKGROUND Renal function is a powerful prognostic variable in patients with heart failure (HF). Hospitalisations for acute HF (AHF) may be associated with further worsening of renal function (WRF). METHODS AND RESULTS We analysed the clinical significance of WRF in 318 consecutive patients admitted at our institute for AHF. WRF was defined as the(More)
BACKGROUND Total arterial myocardial revascularization with composite grafts proved to enhance the long-term benefits of coronary surgery. We assessed the hypothesis that full arterial revascularization (FAR) may improve clinical outcome even in elderly and at short term. METHODS AND RESULTS A prospective randomized study was designed to compare FAR with(More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesised that the polymorphisms of the genes encoding for beta1- and the beta2-adrenoceptors may have a role in the pathogenesis of heart failure (HF). We therefore compared the polymorphisms of the beta1-adrenoceptor gene (Arg389Gly), the beta2-adrenoceptor gene (Arg16Gly, Gln27Glu) and their combinations in patients with HF and normal(More)
AIMS Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), NT-proBNP and troponins are useful for the assessment of patients with heart failure. Few data exist about their serial changes and their prognostic value in patients with acute heart failure (AHF). METHODS AND RESULTS NT-proBNP and troponin-T plasma levels were measured at baseline, after 6, 12, 24, 48 h and at(More)
BACKGROUND Prognostic stratification in heart failure (HF) is crucial to guide clinical management and treatment decision-making. Currently available models to predict HF outcome have multiple limitations. We developed a simple risk stratification model, based on routinely available clinical information including comorbidities, the Cardiac and Comorbid(More)