Tommaso Sanna

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BACKGROUND Current guidelines recommend at least 24 hours of electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring after an ischemic stroke to rule out atrial fibrillation. However, the most effective duration and type of monitoring have not been established, and the cause of ischemic stroke remains uncertain despite a complete diagnostic evaluation in 20 to 40% of cases(More)
BACKGROUND The role of structural heart disease and sodium channel dysfunction in the induction of electrical instability in Brugada syndrome is still debated. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 18 consecutive patients (15 males, 3 females; mean age 42.0+/-12.4 years) with clinical phenotype of Brugada syndrome and normal cardiac structure and function on(More)
AIMS AND METHODS To systematically review the accuracy of early (≤7 days) predictors of poor outcome, defined as death or vegetative state (Cerebral Performance Categories [CPC] 4-5) or death, vegetative state or severe disability (CPC 3-5), in comatose adult survivors from cardiac arrest (CA) treated using therapeutic hypothermia (TH). Electronic databases(More)
AIMS AND METHODS To systematically review the accuracy of early (≤7 days) predictors of poor outcome defined as death or vegetative state (Cerebral Performance Categories [CPC] 4-5) or death, vegetative state or severe disability (CPC 3-5) in comatose survivors from cardiac arrest not treated using therapeutic hypothermia (TH). PubMed, Scopus and the(More)
Myotonic dystrophy (dystrophia myotonica, DM) is the most frequently inherited neuromuscular disease of adult life. DM is a multisystem disease with major cardiac involvement. Core features of myotonic dystrophy are myotonia, muscle weakness, cataract, and cardiac conduction abnormalities. Classical DM (first described by Steinert and called Steinert’s(More)
AIM Biventricular implantation procedures require contrast venography of the coronary sinus. The aim of our study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of contrast venography obtained by direct manual contrast injection into the guiding catheter, compared with venography obtained after occlusion of the coronary sinus by a Swan-Ganz catheter. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Enhanced coronary vasomotion may contribute to acute coronary occlusion during the acute phase of myocardial infarction (AMI). Japanese have a higher incidence of variant angina than Caucasian patients, but racial differences in vasomotor reactivity early after AMI are controversial. METHODS AND RESULTS The same team studied 15 Japanese and 19(More)
Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias carries a small but non-negligible radiation risk. Studies in children already showed the feasibility of using three-dimensional mapping systems as the primary guide for catheter visualization and positioning in these RFCAs. We aim to demonstrate the feasibility and safety of such(More)
Introduction: Biventricular pacing system implantation is a time-consuming and challenging procedure. A critical step in biventricular pacemaker implantation is coronary sinus (CS) cannulation. CS cannulation can be achieved either using dedicated guiding catheters (guiding catheter alone positioning strategy, GCA) or with the aid of an electrophysiology(More)
OBJECTIVE We assessed predictors of atrial fibrillation (AF) in cryptogenic stroke (CS) or transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients who received an insertable cardiac monitor (ICM). METHODS We studied patients with CS/TIA who were randomized to ICM within the CRYSTAL AF study. We assessed whether age, sex, race, body mass index, type and severity of index(More)