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Reduced antiplatelet effect of clopidogrel assessed with multiple electrode aggregometry (MEA) and vasodilator stimulated phosphoprotein-phosphorylation (VASP-P) assay has been proven to predict major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) after coronary stenting. So far no consecutive registry has evaluated the usefulness of different adenosine(More)
The crucial role of platelets in primary hemostasis and repair of injured endothelium is well established, as is their role in atherothrombosis. No other single cell type is responsible for as much morbidity and mortality, since death from ischemic heart disease or stroke is by far the leading cause of death worldwide. There is no doubt that our(More)
The vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein-phosphorylation (VASP-P) flow-cytometric assay is mainly used in clinical trials to measure thienopyridine effects. However, there are remarkable differences in the reported optimal cut-offs, ranging from 48-61% platelet reactivity index (PRI). We therefore investigated whether a lack of standardisation might(More)
Starting from a case of pure fibroma of the small intestine, which led to ileo-ileo-colic invagination, the Authors review the literature on the subject. The great rarity both of the type of neoplastic pathology found and the type of induced intestinal invagination is stressed. It is concluded by asserting that correct diagnosis, adequate selection of the(More)
It has been suggested that potential risk of hemiballismus after subthalamotomy makes DBS preferable to ablation for IPD treatment; however, cost and the need for regular electrode control have also been observed as disadvantages to stimulation. The objective was to compare efficacy and safety of different surgical approaches to STN, in a prospective(More)
Response to clopidogrel therapy is subject to inter-individual variability. However, data with regard to on-treatment platelet reactivity over time in patients undergoing coronary stenting are scarce. For this prospective observational study, 102 consecutive patients on dual antiplatelet therapy undergoing coronary stenting due to stable coronary artery(More)
BACKGROUND The von Willebrand factor (vWF) is essential for platelet adhesion and arterial thrombosis. It is degraded into less active multimers by ADAMTS13. Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) exhibit higher plasma vWF and lower ADAMTS13 antigen levels. The vWF/ADAMTS13-ratio might help to estimate the pro-thrombotic risk of patients with AF. We(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an asthma education programme in moderate and severe asthma patients in a longitudinal, prospective and randomized study with a control group. Fifty-three asthmatic patients were studied, 26 of whom were assigned to the educational group and 27 to the control group. The educational group attended(More)