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The BIOFLOW-III Italian Satellite Registry: 18-month results of the Orsiro stent in an all-comer high-risk population.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr 15. Epub 2019 Apr 15.

Division of Cardiology, Presidio Ospedaliero Di Venere, Bari Carbonara, Italy.

Aims: We aimed to corroborate clinical evidence on the safety and efficacy of the ultrathin-strut biodegradable-polymer sirolimus-eluting Orsiro stent in an all-comer population including high-risk subgroups.

Methods: The nationwide, prospective, all-comer BIOFLOW-III Satellite Registry was conducted at 18 Italian sites. High-risk subgroups [diabetes, small vessels (≤2. Read More

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April 2019
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Angiographic performance of a novel sirolimus-coated balloon in native coronary lesions: the FAtebenefratelli SIrolimus COated NATIVES prospective registry.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr 15. Epub 2019 Apr 15.

Department of Cardiology, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco.

Aims: To evaluate the angiographic performance of a novel sirolimus-coated balloon (SCB) in de novo coronary lesions.

Methods: Out of an all-comer prospective registry of patients treated with the SCB at our center from April 2016 to September 2017, we selected those treated for a de novo stenosis on a native vessel, with a scheduled angiographic control at at least 4 months after the index procedure. We performed a centralized, blinded core-lab adjudicated quantitative coronary angiography analysis. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000806DOI Listing

Differences in the extent of fibrosis in obstructive and nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr 15. Epub 2019 Apr 15.

Cardiac Imaging Department.

Aims: Left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction is a key feature of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) that identifies patients at increased risk of adverse outcomes. Previous studies have hypothesized that LVOT obstruction enhances myocardial fibrosis and increases left ventricular (LV) filling pressures, producing greater clinical deterioration. However, this hypothesis has not been demonstrated in a clinical cohort comparing obstructive and nonobstructive patients. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000800DOI Listing
April 2019
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Clinical and prognostic association of total atrial conduction time in patients with heart failure: a report from Studies Investigating Co-morbidities Aggravating Heart Failure.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr 9. Epub 2019 Apr 9.

Department of Cardiology, Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, Kingston upon Hull, UK.

Background: The total atrial conduction time can be measured as the time from the onset of the P wave on the ECG to the peak of the A wave recorded at the mitral annulus using tissue Doppler imaging (A'; P-A'TDI); when prolonged, it might predict incident atrial fibrillation.

Methods: We measured P-A'TDI in outpatients with heart failure and sinus rhythm enrolled in the SICA-HF programme.

Results: P-A'TDI measured at the lateral mitral annulus was longer in patients with HF with reduced [LVEF<50%, N = 141; 126 (112-146) ms; P = 0. Read More

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April 2019
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ECG in dilated cardiomyopathy: specific findings and long-term prognostic significance.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr 9. Epub 2019 Apr 9.

Cardiovascular Department, 'Ospedali Riuniti' and University of Trieste.

Objective: The objective was to provide an exhaustive characterization of ECG features in a large cohort of dilated cardiomyopathies (DCMs) and then investigate their possible prognostic role in the long term.

Background: ECG is an accessible, reproducible, low-cost diagnostic and prognostic tool. However, an extensive description of ECG features and their long-term prognostic role in a large cohort of DCM is lacking. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000804DOI Listing
April 2019
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Prevalence and prognosis of lead masses in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices without infection.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr 3. Epub 2019 Apr 3.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Turin, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Torino, Italy.

Background: Finding of intracardiac lead masses in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices remains controversial, as such masses have been observed in cases of exclusively local infections whereas they have not been recognized in patients with positive cultures of intravascular lead fragments. In this study, we aim to describe the prevalence of intracardiac lead masses in true asymptomatic patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices, to identify their predictive factors and to define their prognostic impact at long-term follow-up.

Methods: Seventy-eight consecutive patients admitted over a 6-month period for elective generator replacement without clinical evidence of infection were evaluated by transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography and prospectively followed at in-clinic follow-up visits. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000797DOI Listing
April 2019
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Hypogastric artery coverage during endovascular aneurysm repair in octogenarian and younger patients.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr 3. Epub 2019 Apr 3.

First Unit of Vascular Surgery, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, Milan, Italy.

Aim: To report our experience about hypogastric artery coverage during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for aortoiliac aneurysms in patients younger than 80 years (group A) compared with octogenarian patients (group B).

Methods: Data of consecutive EVAR with hypogastric artery coverage from 01/1998 to 12/2016 were retrospectively analyzed. Primary outcomes were the occurrence of ischemic colitis, type II endoleak and buttock claudication both at 30 days and in the long term. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000799DOI Listing
April 2019
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Combination of transfemoral balloon-assisted tracking and the knuckle wire technique as a solution in a challenging urgent percutaneous coronary intervention.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr 3. Epub 2019 Apr 3.

Clinical and Interventional Cardiology Unit, Sassari University Hospital, Sassari, Italy.

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April 2019
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Torsemide versus furosemide and intermediate-term outcomes in patients with heart failure: an updated meta-analysis.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr 3. Epub 2019 Apr 3.

Department of Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center.

Aims: Loop diuretics have become a mainstay of chronic heart failure management. Furosemide and torsemide are the two most common loop diuretics; nevertheless, there is inconsistent evidence regarding the optimal choice of loop diuretic with respect to clinical outcomes.

Methods: Medline and Cochrane Databases were systemically reviewed for randomized and observational studies comparing patients with chronic heart failure on oral torsemide versus oral furosemide and their association with intermediate-term outcomes (5-12 months) through May 2018. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000794DOI Listing
April 2019
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Virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound as a diagnostic alternative for morphological characterization of carotid plaque: comparison with histology and high-resolution magnetic resonance findings.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):335-342

Universita' degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata', Dipartimento di Biopatologia e Diagnostica per Immagini.

Background: Stroke is the third most common cause of death and one of the most common cause of long-term disability in the Western world. Carotid plaque morphology is the main predictor of cerebrovascular accidents, more than the degree of stenosis.

Aims: The primary aim was to validate virtual histology- intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) as a diagnostic tool for carotid plaque characterization, by comparison with histology, through ex-vivo evaluation of carotid plaques. Read More

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The difficult task of reducing symptom onset-to-balloon time among patients undergoing primary PCI.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):363-365

Clinical Cardiology, Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health, University of Cagliari, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000758DOI Listing
May 2019
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Arrhythmic risk stratification in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy and intermediate left ventricular dysfunction.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):343-350

Cardiovascular Department, Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Trieste and University of Trieste.

Aims: Arrhythmic risk stratification is a challenging issue in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), particularly when left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is more than 35%. We studied the prevalence and predictors of sudden cardiac death or malignant ventricular arrhythmias (SCD/MVAs) in DCM patients categorized at low arrhythmic risk because of intermediate left ventricular dysfunction under optimal medical treatment (OMT).

Methods: DCM patients considered at low arrhythmic risk (LVEF >35% and New York Heart Association class I-III after 6 ± 3 months of OMT) were analysed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000792DOI Listing
May 2019
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Drug-eluting compared to bare metal stents in patients with end-stage renal disease on dialysis: a meta-analysis.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):313-320

Service of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistic, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy.

Aims: To systematically review literature comparing bare metal stent (BMS) to drug-eluting stent (DES) in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on dialysis. ESRD patients on dialysis often suffer from accelerated atherosclerosis and higher rate of stent-related complications including major adverse cardiovascular events. Because dialysis usually qualifies ineligibility for randomized clinical trials, an evidenced-based stent choice for these patients is scarce. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000755DOI Listing
May 2019
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Cardiac autonomic regulation in patients undergoing pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):297-305

IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Department of Cardiovascular, Neural and Metabolic Sciences, S. Luca Hospital, Milan, Italy.

Aims: Ablation procedures for the treatment of atrial fibrillation lead to changes in autonomic heart control; however, there are insufficient data on the possible association of these changes with atrial fibrillation recurrence. The study aim was to assess the effects of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) on cardiac autonomic modulation and atrial fibrillation recurrence.

Methods: We screened 52 patients with atrial fibrillation referred for PVI, of whom 20 patients met inclusion and exclusion criteria, and were enrolled in the study and followed over 6 months. Read More

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May 2019
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Insertable cardiac monitor detection of silent atrial fibrillation in candidates for percutaneous patent foramen ovale closure.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):290-296

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Turin.

Aim: An underlying atrial vulnerability or a preexisting misdiagnosed atrial fibrillation in some patients who are candidates for patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure may lead to an unnecessary percutaneous intervention. The aim of this work was to define paroxysmal atrial fibrillation rate, through a 6-month insertable loop-recorder monitoring, in patients over 55 years old with cryptogenic stroke and PFO.

Methods: PFO closure criteria: significant right-to-left shunt and at least one high-risk feature (permanent right-to-left shunt, atrial septal aneurysm, prominent Eustachian valve, recurrent brain ischemia, previous deep vein thrombosis, thrombophilia). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000790DOI Listing
May 2019
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An unusual trigger of Tako-Tsubo cardiomyopathy.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar 18. Epub 2019 Mar 18.

Clinical Cardiology Unit, IRCCS San Raffaele University Hospital.

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K.O.: a life-threatening punch. Report of a young patient experiencing anterior ST-elevation myocardial infarction after chest trauma.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar 18. Epub 2019 Mar 18.

Division of Cardiology, Udine University Hospital, Udine, Italy.

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Shrinkage as a potential mechanism of recurrent clinical events in patients with a large vulnerable plaque.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar 18. Epub 2019 Mar 18.

Department of Cardiology, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin.

Aims: This study aimed to investigate the progression and vascular shrinkage of vulnerable plaque lesions with a plaque burden at least 70% among patients with coronary artery disease by optical coherence tomography (OCT) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS).

Methods: Fifty-six OCT-identified vulnerable plaques from 47 patients were included among coronary angiography-identified nonculprit/nontarget lesions. Serial IVUS images were used to assess plaque progression and vascular shrinkage. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000783DOI Listing
March 2019
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Severe silent myocardial ischemia during echocardiographic examination in a patient during cardiac screening for a kidney transplant intervention.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):361-362

Dipartimento di Scienze Cardiovascolari e Toraciche, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000784DOI Listing

Predictors of in-hospital and long-term mortality in unselected patients admitted to a modern coronary care unit.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):327-334

Cardiology Department, Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital.

Aims: Objective data on epidemiology, management and outcome of patients with acute cardiac illness are still scarce, and producing evidence-based guidelines remains an issue. In order to define the clinical characteristics and the potential predictors of in-hospital and long-term mortality, we performed a retrospective, observational study, in a tertiary cardiac centre in Italy.

Methods: One thousand one hundred and sixty-five consecutive patients, admitted to our intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU) during the year 2016, were included in the study. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000785DOI Listing
May 2019
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Impact of long-term therapy with acetylsalicylic acid on immature platelet count: a single-centre cohort study.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):306-312

Department of Cardiology, Ospedale 'Maggiore della Carità', Eastern Piedmont University, Novara.

: Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) represents one of the most widely used pharmacological treatments for the prevention of atherothrombotic events. However, its use in low-risk patients is still debated, due to the complex balance between benefits and bleeding complications, therefore requiring new tools for the assessment of cardiovascular risk. Immature platelet count (IPC) has been suggested as a marker of platelet reactivity and turnover, thus potentially reflecting the progression of the chronic atherothrombotic vascular damage, which could be prevented by ASA. Read More

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A case of 'resistant' thrombus: all you can hit in very late stent thrombosis.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar 8. Epub 2019 Mar 8.

Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Sciences, Fondazione Policlinico A. Gemelli IRCCS - Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore, Rome.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000789DOI Listing

Impact of β-thalassemia trait carrier state on inflammatory status in patients with newly diagnosed hypertension.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):284-289

First Department of Cardiology, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece.

Background: B-thalassemia carrier state or thalassemia minor confers cardiovascular protection through favorable lipidemic and blood pressure profile. However, its impact on inflammatory status-a common denominator of the above conditions-has not been addressed.

Methods: We investigated a wide range of inflammatory markers [white blood cell (WBC) count, homocysteine, C-reactive protein (CRP), serum amyloid A (SAA), fibrinogen, plasminogen, fibronectin, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), and uric acid] in a large cohort of 15 805 newly diagnosed hypertensive patients (8299 men, 7506 women); 626 of them (4. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000787DOI Listing
May 2019
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No guts, no glory for aortic stenosis: impact of liver function on patients undergoing trascatheter aortic valve implantation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 04;20(4):245-247

Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, Latina.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000776DOI Listing

Transcathether aortic valve implantation with the new repositionable self-expandable Medtronic Evolut R vs. CoreValve system: evidence on the benefit of a meta-analytical approach.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr;20(4):226-236

Clinical Department of Cardiac Surgery, Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior in Warsaw, Warsaw.

Aims: To compare transcatheter aortic valve replacement TAVR with self-expandable first-generation Medtronic CoreValve with new-generation Evolut R devices in patients with aortic stenosis.

Methods: Multiple databases were screened for all available reports directly or indirectly comparing CoreValve vs Evolut R. Primary endpoint was device success. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000757DOI Listing
April 2019
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Statins and myocardial infarction: from secondary 'prevention' to early 'treatment'.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 04;20(4):220-222

Department of Cardiovascular, Multimedica IRCCS, Milano, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000746DOI Listing
April 2019
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Atrial conduit function quantitation precardioversion predicts early arrhythmia recurrence in persistent atrial fibrillation patients.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr;20(4):169-179

Clinical Cardiology, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Department of Translational Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria 'Maggiore della Carità', Novara, Italy.

Aims: Atrial fibrillation incidence is increasing due to ageing population and electrical cardioversion (ECV) is overused because of atrial fibrillation recurrences. Study's aim was to evaluate value of novel three-dimensional echocardiographic-derived left atrial conduit (LAC) function quantification in predicting early atrial fibrillation recurrence after ECV.

Methods: We included 106 patients [74 (64-78) years] who underwent ECV for persistent nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000756DOI Listing
April 2019
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Bipolar active fixation left ventricular lead or quadripolar passive fixation lead? An Italian multicenter experience.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr;20(4):192-200

Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria S. Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna.

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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000778DOI Listing
April 2019
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Bilateral left lateral ridge ablation increases the long-term success of patients ablated for atrial fibrillation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr;20(4):186-191

Dipartimento di Cardiologia, Ospedale Generale Regionale 'F. Miulli', Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari, Italy.

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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000779DOI Listing
April 2019
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Meta-analysis of impact of liver disease on mortality after transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr;20(4):237-244

Department of Cardiology, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

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. A relative risk (RR) or hazard ratio of mortality for TAVI patients with versus without liver disease and mortality for TAVI versus SAVR in patients with liver disease was extracted from each individual study. Read More

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April 2019
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Use of direct oral anticoagulants in very elderly patients: a case report of apixaban in an ultracentenary patient.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Feb 11. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

Department of Emergency and Urgency, Biomedic Department of Internal Medicine and Specialities (DIBIMIS).

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000752DOI Listing
February 2019

QT prolongation and variability: new ECG signs of atrial potentials dispersion before atrial fibrillation onset.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr;20(4):180-185

Division of Cardiology, Department of Medical Sciences, 'Città della Salute e della Scienza' Hospital, University of Turin.

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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000773DOI Listing
April 2019
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Hidden culprit lesion: beyond coronary angiography.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):358-360

Unità Operativa Complessa di Cardiologia, Ospedale San Francesco, Nuoro, Italy.

: Coronary imaging is a useful tool to identify wall vessel disease also in the absence of obstructive stenosis. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000768DOI Listing

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH): what do we know about it? A comprehensive review of the literature.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr;20(4):159-168

Cardiothoracic Department, Division of Cardiology and Postgraduate School in Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy.

: 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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000774DOI Listing
April 2019
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Rejection in heart transplantation for cardiac sarcoidosis mimicking idiopathic giant cell myocarditis: long-term follow-up.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 04;20(4):264-266

Department of Cardiothoracic Science, Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Udine, Udine, Italy.

: 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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000772DOI Listing
April 2019
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Characteristics and in-hospital outcome of patients with no ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome and no obstructive coronary artery disease in the era of high-sensitivity troponins.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr;20(4):210-214

Institute of Cardiology.

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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000771DOI Listing
April 2019
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Improving health perception through a transition care model for adolescents with congenital heart disease.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 04;20(4):253-260

Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center.

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. Read More

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Age-dependent association of pulse wave velocity with coronary artery disease and myocardial aging in high-risk patients.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Apr;20(4):201-209

Vascular Laboratory, Department of Clinical Therapeutics, Alexandra Hospital.

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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000769DOI Listing
April 2019
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Propensity-score-adjusted comparison of Evolut vs. Portico devices for transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):351-357

Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, Latina.

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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000764DOI Listing
May 2019
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In-hospital and long-term outcomes of HIV-positive patients undergoing PCI according to kind of stent: a meta-analysis.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):321-326

Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Città Della Salute e della Scienza, University of Turin, Turin, Italy.

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. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2459/JCM.0000000000000767DOI Listing
May 2019
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A rare case of native pulmonary valve infective endocarditis complicated by septic pulmonary embolism.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 03;20(3):152-155

Cardiovascular Department, MultiMedica IRCCS, Sesto San Giovanni, Milano, Italy.

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Quantification of acute parasympathetic denervation during cryoballoon ablation by using extracardiac vagal stimulation.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):107-113

Heart Rhythm Management Centre, Postgraduate Course in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.

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.

Results: The extracardiac vagal stimulation performed preablation provoked cardioinhibitory responses in all patients with mean pause duration of 10130. Read More

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IGENDA protocol: gender differences in awareness, knowledge and perception of cardiovascular risk: an Italian multicenter study.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):278-283

Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health, University of Cagliari, Cagliari.

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. Read More

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Occult bacteraemia in cardiac implantable electronic device patients: a review of diagnostic workflow and mandatory therapy.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 May;20(5):271-277

Second Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Cardiac and Thoracic Department, New Santa Chiara Hospital, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.

: Cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) implantation has greatly increased, with an associated exponential increase in CIED infections (CDIs). Cardiac device related infective endocarditis (CDRIE) has high morbidity and mortality: approximately 10-21%. Therefore, a prompt diagnosis and radical treatment of CDRIE are needed; transvenous lead extraction (TLE) is the mainstay for the complete healing, even if associated with wide logistic problems, high therapeutic costs and high mortality risk for patients. Read More

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Strategy-specific durability of mitral valve repair through the video-assisted right minithoracotomy approach.

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown) 2019 Mar;20(3):137-144

Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pontchaillou University Hospital, Rennes, France.

Aims: We sought to analyze the early and follow-up results of minimally invasive video-assisted mitral valve repair. With particular focus on degenerative disease, results were stratified according to type of lesion, strategy of repair and surgical technique.

Methods: We retrospectively built a database over 241 patients who received mitral repair for severe regurgitation through right minithoracotomy in the 2009-17 period. Read More

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