Zoran Olivari

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OBJECTIVES We sought to investigate the success rate and the acute and 12-month clinical outcome of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for chronic total occlusion (CTO) in the contemporary era. BACKGROUND The technique of PCI involving CTO has improved over time. However, limited data on acute and follow-up results in patients treated with PCI on(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate transthoracic Doppler echocardiography in the identification of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) flow for assessing graft patency. DESIGN The initial study group comprised 45 consecutive patients with previous CABG undergoing elective cardiac catheterisation for recurrent ischaemia. The Doppler variables best correlated with(More)
Heart failure (HF) is a growing epidemic with the annual number of hospitalizations constantly increasing over the last decades for HF as a primary or secondary diagnosis. Despite the emergence of novel therapeutic approached that can prolong life and shorten hospital stay, HF patients will be needing rehospitalization and will often have a poor prognosis.(More)
BACKGROUND Mild elevations of cardiac troponin are frequent after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Their prognostic value is uncertain in the absence of changes in creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB). METHODS AND RESULTS We evaluated the relation between isolated elevations of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and all-cause mortality. We studied 3494 consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is an unusual cause of acute myocardial ischemia that in almost 50% of cases is followed by sudden death. The increasing frequency of SCAD diagnosis may reflect the widespread use of coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary interventions in acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The incidence of SCAD(More)
AIMS Despite advances in the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), cardiogenic shock (CS) remains the leading cause of death in these patients. We describe the evolution of clinical characteristics, in-hospital management, and outcome of patients with CS complicating ACS. METHODS AND RESULTS We analysed data from five Italian(More)
Image quality evaluation plays a key role in the process of optimisation in radiological procedures. Image quality criteria for cardiac cine-angiography were recently agreed as part of a European Research Project, and a scoring system based on these criteria has been developed to allow an 'objective' measurement of the quality of cardiac angiograms. Two(More)
Noninvasive techniques often provide controversial results in patients who have coronary artery bypass grafts (CABGs). Vasodilator stress echocardiography allows semi-simultaneous imaging of CABG flow and segmental left ventricular wall motion. To assess the comparative and additive value of regional flow and function for noninvasive evaluation of graft(More)
Subtle or discrete (class 3 in the classification of the European Society of Cardiology) dissection is the most neglected variant of aortic dissection. This study was conducted to define the clinical manifestations, diagnostic findings, and outcomes of subtle or discrete dissection involving the ascending aorta. The clinical and surgical records,(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether type 2 diabetes mellitus and hyperglycemia on admission should be considered independent predictors of mortality in elderly adults with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Twenty-three hospitals in Italy. PARTICIPANTS Individuals aged 75 and older with non-ST-elevation ACS (NSTEACS)(More)