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To the Editor: In pulmonary disease, right ventricular dysfunction has an important bearing on prognosis. 1 Incalzi et al 2 recently demonstrated the prognostic implications of electrocardiographic signs of chronic cor pulmonale in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Two electrocardiographic features in particular , an S 1 S 2 S 3 pattern(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic cor pulmonale (CCP) is a strong predictor of death in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aims of this study were to assess the prognostic role of individual ECG signs of CCP and of the interaction between these signs and abnormal arterial blood gases. METHODS AND RESULTS Two hundred sixty-three patients (217 men) with(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether risk factors associated with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases and lung cancer occur differently among nonsmoking women in Italy with and without exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) from husbands that smoke. We performed a cross-sectional study of 1,938 nonsmoking women in four areas of Italy.(More)
BACKGROUND Doubts remain about atherosclerotic disease and risk stratification of asymptomatic type-2 diabetic patients (T2DP). This study aims to evaluate the usefulness of calcium score (CS) and coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography (CTA) to predict fatal and non fatal cardiovascular events (CVEV) in T2DP. METHODS Eighty-five consecutive T2DP(More)
BACKGROUND Aortic valve calcification shares risk factors with coronary artery disease. Coronary calcium has been used has a gatekeeper to performing coronary tomography angiography. The aim of this study was to evaluate aortic valve calcification as a predictor of obstructive coronary artery disease by computed tomography, and its possible usefulness,(More)
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