Umberto Baldini

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Previous studies have shown that abnormal mitral flow patterns and left atrial (LA) enlargement are independently associated with survival in patients with left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. However, it is not known whether these outcome indicators can provide different information in patients of various age groups. This study was designed to assess the(More)
Ninety patients with cirrhosis undergoing elective distal splenorenal shunt (DSRS) for variceal bleeding between January, 1977 and September, 1988 comprised the study group. In 63 cases, the original technique of Warren was used and, in 15, the modified Britton procedure was employed. Twelve patients had a DSRS plus splenopancreatic disconnection.(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated the feasibility, safety, and diagnostic accuracy of noninvasive pacemaker stress echocardiography (PASE) test as a potential alternative to exercise or pharmacologic stress in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND Transesophageal atrial pacing echocardiography is an accurate test for detection of(More)
OBJECTIVES Studies on the diagnostic value of exercise electrocardiography in right bundle branch block produced controversial results, and data on the accuracy of stress echo are still lacking. The aim of the study was to compare the diagnostic value of exercise electrocardiography and dipyridamole stress echo in chest pain patients with right bundle(More)
This study assessed whether Doppler-derived mitral and pulmonary venous flow parameters were predictors of pulmonary artery hypertension in patients with left ventricular dysfunction. Doppler echocardiographic examinations were performed in patients (n = 100) with dilated cardiomyopathy in sinus rhythm either symptomatic or asymptomatic before and after(More)
BACKGROUND Dipyridamole stress echo (DSE) positivity is usually titrated according to presence and severity of the induced wall motion abnormalities. The purpose of our study is to assess whether the location of DSE positivity might add to prognostic stratification. METHODS The study enrolled 112 patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease(More)
AIM Evaluation of the safety of percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT) for perioperative, early and late complications. METHODS DESIGN we prospectively collected complications in patients who underwent PDT for mechanical ventilation; patients were interviewed 8 months after discharge, symptomatic cases underwent ENT control. SETTING 10 bed(More)
Intravenous digital angiography was performed in 55 patients previously submitted to carotid endarterectomy. The angiographic examination was performed in asymptomatic subjects in 43/55 cases, as a routine procedure. In 12/55 cases (22%) the examination was performed following an ischemic recurrency. In 27 patients (49%), digital angiography was repeated(More)
Sixty-six patients with tumor of the distal esophagus and/or the gastric fundus were admitted for intrathoracic esophagogastroplasty. Surgical mortality was 6% (4 of 66 cases). There were 3 early and 7 late complications among the 62 remaining patients. The authors suggest that radiological examinations of patients after esophagogastroplasty should include(More)