Vincenzo Montericcio

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Ischemic functional mitral regurgitation following ischemic cardiomyopathy is a secondary phenomenon to ventricular dilation, and therapeutic approaches to this complication are not uniform. Solutions to improve mitral function include either mitral repair or observing the effects of coronary revascularization and/or ventricular rebuilding during surgical(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to evaluate the long-term performance of a consecutive cohort of patients implanted with a 17-mm bileaflet mechanical prosthesis. METHODS Between January 1995 and December 2005, 78 patients (74 women, mean age=71±12 years) underwent aortic valve replacement with a 17-mm mechanical bileaflet prosthesis (Sorin Bicarbon-Slim and St. Jude(More)
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the role of left ventricular global afterload and various echocardiographic parameters of systolic function in a prospective cohort of 52 asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis (indexed aortic valve area 0.4 ± 0.1 cm²/m²) and normal left ventricular ejection fraction (61 ± 5%). Using 2-dimensional(More)
OBJECTIVE While left ventricular (LV) dysfunction has been described in patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS), data concerning morphologic and functional cardiac alterations in patients with incidentally discovered adrenal masses [adrenal "incidentaloma" (AI)], without overt hypercortisolism, are lacking. In this study the echocardiographic characteristics(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The optimal management of moderate (grade 2-3+) ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) at the time of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) remains the subject of controversy. The study aim was to determine whether mitral repair associated with CABG is preferable to CABG alone in patients with moderate ischemic MR, in terms of(More)
BACKGROUND Large files produced by standard compression algorithms slow down spread of digital and tele-echocardiography. We validated echocardiographic video high-grade compression with the new Motion Pictures Expert Groups (MPEG)-4 algorithms with a multicenter study. METHODS Seven expert cardiologists blindly scored (5-point scale) 165 uncompressed and(More)
OBJECTIVES In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), we sought to evaluate the feasibility and safety of a new transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided strategy, aimed at selecting, 7 days post-cardioversion, those patients who are at low risk (i.e. who can terminate anticoagulation after a second TEE) and those at high risk (i.e. who have to continue(More)
The aim of this study was to compare the pharmacokinetics and antiarrhythmic activity of dihydroquinidine and quinidine in 14 patients (11 men, 3 women, aged 28 to 67 years) with heart disease and chronic, stable, highfrequency premature ventricular beats (PVB) (>100/hr). A randomized, double-blind, crossover, placebo-controlled protocol was utilized.(More)
BACKGROUND The value of echocardiography in the diagnosis and follow-up of most cardiovascular diseases is well established, even though the ever-increasing demand for the use of this technique is not always justifiable. The "Appropriatezza ECO Milano" project was developed among hospitals in Milan (Italy) to foster a rational use of echocardiography. The(More)
The effect of propranolol administration on regional coronary haemodynamics were investigated in 14 patients with stable exertional angina and isolated left anterior descending artery disease. Thermodilution was used to measure great cardiac vein flow (GCVF) and anterior regional coronary resistance (ARCR) under control conditions, at peak atrial pacing,(More)