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In the last 20 years, atrial fibrillation (AF) has become one of the most important public health problems and a significant cause of increasing health care costs in western countries. The prevalence of AF is increasing due to our greater ability to treat chronic cardiac and noncardiac diseases, and the improved ability to suspect and diagnose AF. At the(More)
Left ventricular (LV) thrombosis can be found in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). No wide multicenter trial on AMI has provided information about LV thrombosis until now. The protocol of the GISSI-3 study included the search for the presence of LV thrombosis in patients from 200 coronary care units that did not specifically focus on LV(More)
BACKGROUND In adult patients with d-transposition of the great arteries after atrial switch operation, dysfunction of the systemic right ventricle (RV) is a well-known complication. Echocardiographic variables may provide adequate estimation of subpulmonary RV function, but their applicability to the subaortic RV is not straightforward. We evaluate the(More)
To prospectively assess the predictive value of left ventricular (LV) thrombus anatomy for defining the embolic risk after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), 2 comparable groups of patients with a first anterior AMI (group A, 97 thrombolysed patients; group B, 125 patients untreated with antithrombotic drugs [total 222]) underwent prospective serial(More)
Previous retrospective echocardiographic studies have reported a higher embolic potential of left ventricular thrombi with protruding configuration and patterns of mobility. The present study was performed to prospectively assess the shape and mobility patterns of left ventricular thrombi and their spontaneous changes with time. Two-dimensional(More)
Fifty-eight patients with transmural anterior myocardial infarction were prospectively studied with serial two-dimensional echocardiography to determine the clinical implications and prognostic significance of detection of left ventricular thrombus during acute myocardial infarction, the incidence of systemic embolization, and the possible occurrence of(More)
Supravalvular aortic stenosis (McKusick 18550) is a rare hereditary condition with autosomal dominant transmission. However, the available data have been limited to small family groups which do not allow the definition of the degree of penetrance of the disease. The present study describes a large family with a high frequency of supravalvular aortic(More)
The ability of preoperative M-mode echocardiography to predict the clinical course and the decrease in left ventricular size was assessed in 42 patients after uncomplicated valve replacement for isolated aortic insufficiency. During follow-up study, one patient died of chronic heart failure. The New York Heart Association functional class of the 41(More)
BACKGROUND Streptokinase reduces the incidence of left ventricular thrombosis after acute myocardial infarction. However, it is unknown whether a similar effect can be obtained with different thrombolytic agents and whether subcutaneous calcium heparin can have an additional efficacy. METHODS AND RESULTS To compare the effects of two different(More)