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Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine

Matteo Ziacchi, Gabriele Giannola, Maurizio Lunati, Tommaso Infusino, Giovanni Luzzi, Roberto Rordorf, Domenico Pecora, Maria Grazia Bongiorni, Ermenegildo De Ruvo, Mauro Biffi
AIMS: About one-third of patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) are not responders, due to either patient selection or technical issues. Left ventricular quadripolar passive fixation leads (QPL) and bipolar active fixation (BAF) leads have been designed to ensure a targeted left ventricular stimulation area, minimizing lead dislodgments and phrenic nerve stimulation (PNS). The aim was to compare real-world safety and efficacy of BAF (Attain Stability, Medtronic Plc...
February 11, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Antonio Di Monaco, Federico Quadrini, Federica Troisi, Nicola Vitulano, Giacomo Cecere, Pietro Guida, Tommaso Langialonga, Massimo Grimaldi
AIMS: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone of catheter ablation in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Studies reported that the PVI single procedure was able to achieve durable sinus rhythm without the need of antiarrhythmic drugs in 60-80% of patients with PAF. In this study, we report data regarding bilateral left lateral ridge ablation for PAF. METHODS: We retrospectively collected data of 120 consecutive patients (mean age 56 ± 10 years; 62% male) referred to our center to perform PVI...
February 11, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Hisato Takagi, Yosuke Hari, Norikazu Kawai, Toshiki Kuno, Tomo Ando
AIMS: To evaluate whether liver disease is associated with increased mortality after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and whether TAVI is associated with decreased mortality compared to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in patients with liver disease, we performed meta-analyses of currently available studies. METHODS: Studies reporting mortality in TAVI patients with liver disease versus those without liver disease and mortality after TAVI versus SAVR in patients with liver disease were eligible to be included...
February 11, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Girolamo Manno, Giuseppina Novo, Egle Corrado, Giuseppe Coppola, Salvatore Novo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 11, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Marcello Chiocchi, Luca Pugliese, Marco Forcina, Armando Ugo Cavallo, Matteo Presicce, Vincenzo De Stasio, Francesca Ricci, Luigi Spiritigliozzi, Carlo Di Donna, Federica Di Tosto, Roberto Floris, Francesco Romeo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 31, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Massimo Magnano, Cristina Gallo, Pier Paolo Bocchino, Marco Briguglio, Anna Rivetti, Fiorenzo Gaita, Matteo Anselmino
AIMS: QT interval may be considered an indirect marker of atrial repolarization. Aim of our study was to verify if QT interval variations precede the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: We analyzed 21 AF onsets recorded at 24-h Holter ECG. Triggering supraventricular extrabeats (TSVEB) were identified and matched to nontriggering supraventricular extrabeats (NTSVEB) with the same prematurity index. QT and QTc intervals and their variability (max-min QT interval) were measured in the 10 beats preceding TSVEB and NTSVEB...
January 31, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Giovanni Lorenzoni, Pierluigi Merella, Gavino Casu
: Coronary imaging is a useful tool to identify wall vessel disease also in the absence of obstructive stenosis.
January 31, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Stefano Albani, Federico Biondi, Davide Stolfo, Francesco Lo Giudice, Gianfranco Sinagra
: Chronic thromboembolic disease (CTED), especially when associated with pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), is a fearsome and under-diagnosed but potentially curable complication of pulmonary embolism, thanks to recent therapeutic options. Aspecific symptoms and signs make its diagnosis challenging, requiring clinicians to be ready to suspect its presence in patients with dyspnea of unknown origin or persistent symptoms after acute pulmonary embolism. The aim of this review is to provide an update to the general practitioner or the specialist physician on the state of the art regarding the epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical management of chronic thromboembolic syndromes...
January 31, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Concetta Di Nora, Daniela Miani, Sandro Sponga, Ugolino Livi
: Heart transplantation is a life-saving therapy for some patients admitted for acute myocarditis. However, controversial exists about the major risk of rejection following heart transplantation in specific types of myocarditis. Because of relatively few data on the post heart transplant outcomes, we report the long-term follow-up of a 39-year-old patient with a previous history of ulcerative colitis, which rapidly worsened heart failure until an emergency heart transplant in 2004.The clinical course was complicated by many episodes of rejection; lastly, after the development of severe cardiac allograft vasculopathy, re-heart transplantation was needed...
January 31, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Gaetano A Lanza, Veronica Melita, Erica Mencarelli, Antonio De Vita, Antonio Bisignani, Laura Manfredonia, Marcello Covino, Filippo Crea
BACKGROUND: Although some previous studies assessed characteristics and outcome of patients with suspected no-ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), but no obstructive coronary artery disease (NOCAD) at angiography, most were performed before high-sensitivity troponin assays were available. METHODS AND RESULTS: We reviewed data of patients admitted to our hospital with a suspicion of NSTEMI between 2013 and 2016. Patients with previous evidence of CAD (except those with fully percutaneous coronary revascularization) were excluded...
January 31, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Serena Francesca Flocco, Federica Dellafiore, Rosario Caruso, Alessandro Giamberti, Angelo Micheletti, Diana Gabriela Negura, Luciane Piazza, Mario Carminati, Massimo Chessa
AIMS: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of a transition clinic model on adolescent congenital heart disease (CHD) patients' health perception outcomes. The transition clinic model consists of multidisciplinary standardized interventions to educate and support CHD patients and represents a key element in the adequate delivery of care to these individuals during their transition from childhood to adulthood. Currently, empirical data regarding the impact of transition clinic models on the improvement of health perceptions in CHD adolescent patients are lacking...
January 22, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Georgios Georgiopoulos, Theodore G Papaioannou, Nikos Magkas, Ageliki Laina, Alexia Mareti, Stelios Georgiou, Ioannis Mavroeidis, Elisa Samouilidou, Dimitris Delialis, Dimitris Tousoulis, John Kanakakis, Kimon Stamatelopoulos
AIMS: Progressive arterial stiffening, as a marker of arterial aging, may reach a plateau in elderly patients and may thus lose its clinical utility. This phenomenon may be more prominent in high-risk patients. We aimed to investigate if carotid-to-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV) is related to coronary artery disease (CAD) and diastolic dysfunction in elderly high-risk patients as compared to a control group of younger individuals. METHODS: One-hundred and ninety-two high-risk stable patients who underwent coronary artery angiography and assessment of cf-PWV were consecutively recruited...
January 22, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Arturo Giordano, Nicola Corcione, Paolo Ferraro, Pietro Pieri, Raffaella Avellino, Giacomo Frati, Giovanni De Persio, Luca Altamura, Fabrizio Tomai, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai
AIMS: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation has become an established treatment for severe aortic stenosis, thanks to key improvements achieved by new-generation devices. Their comparative effectiveness and safety are, however, still uncertain. METHODS: We queried a prospective registry on transcatheter aortic valve implantation to compare Evolut and Portico devices, focusing on procedural, in-hospital, and mid-term outcomes. Unadjusted and propensity-adjusted analyses were carried out...
January 22, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Mattia Peyracchia, Roberto Verardi, Sergio Raposeiras Rubin, Emad Abu-Assi, Chiara Montrucchio, Leor Perl, Walter Grossomarra, Andrea Calcagno, Pierluigi Omedè, Antonio Montefusco, Stefano Bonora, Claudio Moretti, Maurizio D'Amico, Rinaldi Mauro, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo
BACKGROUND: Pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in HIV-positive patients is related to the interaction between traditional and HIV-specific factors. Limited data are available regarding the prognosis of HIV-positive patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: All observational studies evaluating the prognosis of HIV-positive patients treated with PCI were included. In-hospital and long-term major adverse cardiac events (MACE) [composite endpoint of all-cause death or myocardial infarction (MI)] were the primary endpoints, whereas in-hospital and long-term all-cause death, cardiovascular death, MI, stent thrombosis, target vessel revascularization (TVR), target lesion revascularization (TLR), and bleeding complications were the secondary ones...
January 18, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Alberto Cecconi, Jorge Salamanca, Teresa Alvarado, Paula Antuña, Eduardo Pozo, Dafne Viliani, Maria Teresa Nogales-Romo, Fernando Rivero, Susana Hernandez Muñiz, Maria Jose Olivera, Paloma Caballero, Luis Jesus Jimenez-Borreguero, Fernando Alfonso
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Andrea Sonaglioni, Giulia Binda, Elisabetta Rigamonti, Antonio Vincenti, Roberta Trevisan, Gian Luigi Nicolosi, Maurizio Zompatori, Michele Lombardo, Claudio Anzà
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 16, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Thiago Guimarães Osório, Hugo-Enrique Coutiño, Saverio Iacopino, Juan Sieira, Erwin Ströker, Cristina Martín-Sierra, Francesca Salghetti, Gaetano Paparella, Arash Aryana, Varnavas Varnavas, Muryo Terasawa, Pedro Brugada, Carlo de Asmundis, Gian-Battista Chierchia
AIMS: The purpose of this study was to systematically quantify the level of acute parasympathetic denervation in a stepwise fashion by means of extracardiac vagal stimulation (ECVS) by positioning a quadripolar catheter in the internal jugular vein, in a cohort of patients undergoing second-generation cryoballoon ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Fifty patients with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, having undergone extracardiac vagal stimulation before and after ablation by means of second-generation cryoballoon second-generation cryoballoon ablation, were included...
January 16, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Silvia Maffei, Lucia Cugusi, Antonella Meloni, Martino Deidda, Emanuela Colasante, Roberto Marchioli, Nicola Surico, Giuseppe Mercuro
AIMS: Recent reports evidenced gender differences in the knowledge, perception and awareness of cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs) and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Despite the number of high-quality trials that attempted to establish the efficacy of different preventive interventions on CVDs, in the Italian scenario the differences by gender in awareness, knowledge and perception of CVD have not been addressed yet. So, the aims of this cross-sectional, observational and multicenter study will be to evaluate the gender differences in the awareness and perception of CVD risk, to assess the knowledge of CVD symptoms and preventive behaviors/barriers in men and women participating in this study, and to provide a national primary care approach for gender-oriented cardiovascular prevention strategies and therapy...
January 16, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Lucio Careddu, Francesco Dimitri Petridis, Emanuela Angeli, Anna Balducci, Francesco Buia, Luigi Lovato, Gaetano Domenico Gargiulo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 16, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Giulia Pontecorboli, Giulia Grazzini, Miroslava Stolcova, Linda Calistri, Manlio Acquafresca, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Stefano Colagrande, Carlo Di Mario
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 7, 2019: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
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