Veronica Caleri

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OBJECTIVE To assess the effects of Day Care (DC) on older subjects with dementia and their caregivers. METHODS Thirty patients with dementia, consecutively admitted to a DC, were compared with 30 patients, matched for age and cognitive function, who received usual home care (HC). Primary caregivers were compared as well. At baseline and after 2 months,(More)
BACKGROUND Although antidepressant drugs (ATD) are frequently prescribed to patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), their effect on cognitive status has been only rarely assessed. METHODS The impact of depressive symptoms and ATD on cognitive status was retrospectively assessed in 72 older AD outpatients with mild-to-moderate cognitive impairment, treated(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether advanced age affects the immediate and long-term results of direct-current external cardioversion (ECV) of atrial fibrillation (AF), the sustained arrhythmia most commonly encountered in older patients. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of medical records. SETTING Intensive care unit. PARTICIPANTS Two hundred fifty(More)
Clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEI) in improving cognitive status and disability in subjects with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, little is known about the effectiveness of ChEI in clinical practice, and no large clinical trials comparing different ChEI are available at present. Aim of this(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent guidelines have widened clinical indications for out-of-office blood pressure measurement, including home blood pressure monitoring and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM), suggesting the latter as recommended method in cognitively impaired patients. There is, however, a widespread belief that ABPM could be poorly tolerated in(More)
IMPORTANCE The prognostic role of high blood pressure and the aggressiveness of blood pressure lowering in dementia are not well characterized. OBJECTIVE To assess whether office blood pressure, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, or the use of antihypertensive drugs (AHDs) predict the progression of cognitive decline in patients with overt dementia and(More)
OBJECTIVE Available data on the prognostic role of blood pressure in older subjects with cognitive impairment are still scarce. We recently showed that tight control of blood pressure may be associated with a greater progression of cognitive impairment in the short term. Aim of this study is to evaluate the long term association of clinical and ambulatory(More)
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