Vassilis I. Barberis

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PURPOSE One of the major challenges for health care professionals in heart failure (HF) management is to maintain and/or improve HF patient health-related quality of life. The Minnesota Living With Heart Failure Questionnaire (MLHFQ) is one of the most comprehensive and widely used tools for measuring health-related quality of life among patients with HF.(More)
One of the major factors limiting but also causing the application of modern technology in medicine is the response time to patients, should they need specialized medical care. In this work we propose a solution that is aiming to help and improve the patients’ life after a cardiac surgery. This is a group of patients that have to be monitored for a short(More)
The wide association between urinary tract malformations and dysplastic kidneys, known as CAKUT (Congenital Anomalies of the Kidney and Urinary Tract), could be caused by a single disorder of the embryonic development of the kidney and urinary tract. These complex patterns of development are under genetic control. A positive family history strongly suggests(More)
We report a case of a young female patient with congenitally unguarded tricuspid orifice and underdeveloped pulmonary valve leaflets, who had developed severe right-sided congestive heart failure and cardiac cirrhosis early in life. She was admitted to our hospital with deterioration of dyspnea and abdominal tenderness. Hepatocellular carcinoma was(More)
AIM Efforts are currently made to detect vesicoureteric reflux (VUR) early after urinary infections in order to limit secondary renal damage. This study investigated the extent to which recommendations for the detection of VUR are put into practice, and their influence on the age at diagnosis. METHODS The age at diagnosis of VUR after urinary tract(More)
INTRODUCTION This study aimed to assess the potential role and safety of dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) in the evaluation of cardiac reserve in asymptomatic patients several years after a Fontan operation. METHODS We studied 10 asymptomatic patients, 28 +/- 5 years old, 14 +/- 6 years after their Fontan operation. All patients and 10 healthy,(More)
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is responsible for approximately 1.3% of all deaths among men over the age of 65. Given the fact that once an aortic rupture occurs mortality rates are estimated between 80%-90%, national AAA population screening programs are currently established as an effective prevention policy. Driven by the latest advances in(More)
We present two transesophageal echocardiographic images of a patient with acute myocardial infarction, demonstrating a large thrombus attached to the thoracic aortic wall, considered to be a complication of intra-aortic balloon pumping. The patient had received the device because of hemodynamic instability due to an infarct-related ventricular septal(More)