Stefania Funaro

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AIMS Few data are available on the extent and prognostic value of reverse left ventricular remodelling (r-LVR) after ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI). We sought to evaluate incidence, major determinants, and long-term clinical significance of r-LVR in a group of STEMI patients treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI).(More)
Myocardial contrast echocardiography (intracoronary application) has emerged as an accurate method to detect the "no-reflow phenomenon." To investigate the diagnostic value of harmonic angiography after intravenous infusion of Levovist in assessing "no-reflow," both intracoronary and intravenous contrast injections were performed in a group of patients with(More)
The introduction of stable microbubble contrast agents and technological advances have recently made it feasible to perform quantitative measurements of microvascular damage by myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE). Qontrast is a new software system far such measurements. It includes physiological filters, global rescale, regional rescale, automatic(More)
OBJECTIVE:The implantation of a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) has been shown to exacerbate the hyperdynamic circulation and might induce a significant cardiac overload. We investigated cardiac function before and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after the TIPS procedure in cirrhotic patients.METHODS:Eleven patients with nonalcoholic cirrhosis(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to evaluate the value of the extent of microvascular damage as assessed with myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) in the prediction of left ventricular (LV) remodeling after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) as compared with established clinical and angiographic parameters of reperfusion. BACKGROUND Early(More)
Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a multifactorial disease that can affect clinical outcomes in patients treated by Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-d).Ninety-one patients received a CRT-d. According to clinical diagnosis, the study population was divided into 46 MS (cases) versus 45 no MS (controls) patients. These patients were(More)
The distinction between viable and nonviable dysfunctional left ventricular (LV) segments after acute myocardial infarction is very important, because revascularization increases survival only in patients with viable myocardial tissue. Recent studies have highlighted a mismatch between two highly specific investigations for viability assessment: dobutamine(More)
After many years of study and research, the noninvasive assessment of myocardial perfusion by echo contrast agents is becoming a clinical reality. The fast technological progress of echocardiographic imaging and the approval for human use in Europe and the United States of some first and second generation contrast agents explains the growing interest in(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated the usefulness of myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) in studying myocardial perfusion. Several first and second generation contrast agent such as Levovist, Sonovue, Optison, Definity and Imagent are commercially available or close to be introduced into the market. Use of MCE allowed the clinical demonstration of(More)