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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024080/randomized-comparison-of-balloon-aortic-valvuloplasty-performed-with-or-without-rapid-cardiac-pacing-the-pacing-versus-no-pacing-pnp-study
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Gianni Dall'Ara, Antonio Marzocchi, Nevio Taglieri, Carolina Moretti, Giulio Rodinò, Matteo Chiarabelli, Paolo Bottoni, Cinzia Marrozzini, Maria Rita Sabattini, Maria-Letizia Bacchi-Reggiani, Claudio Rapezzi, Francesco Saia
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness and safety of balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) performed with or without rapid ventricular pacing (RP). BACKGROUND: BAV technique is poorly standardized. METHODS: One hundred consecutive patients were randomly assigned 1:1 between BAV performed with or without RP. Exclusion criteria were an immediate indication for surgical or transcatheter aortic valve replacement, presentation in cardiogenic shock or pulmonary edema refractory to medical stabilization...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016771/predictors-of-long-term-survival-free-from-relapses-after-extraction-of-infected-cied
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Igor Diemberger, Mauro Biffi, Stefano Lorenzetti, Cristian Martignani, Elena Raffaelli, Matteo Ziacchi, Claudio Rapezzi, Davide Pacini, Giuseppe Boriani
Aims: We explored the possible predictors of long-term prognosis after transvenous lead extraction (TLE) for a cardiac implantable device related infection (CIEDI), including the modified Duke score result. Methods and results: We performed a single centre prospective observational study in a population of consecutive patients referred for TLE to a teaching hospital to treat a CIEDI without associated valve-endocarditis. 121 patients were enrolled between January 2012 and March 2016...
August 9, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980387/vascular-complications-after-balloon-aortic-valvuloplasty-in-recent-years-incidence-and-comparison-of-two-hemostatic-devices
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Gianni Dall'Ara, Andrea Santarelli, Antonio Marzocchi, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Maria Rita Sabattini, Carolina Moretti, Cinzia Marrozzini, Nevio Taglieri, Federica Baldazzi, Nicoletta Franco, Paolo Ortolani, Matteo Chiarabelli, Giulio Rodinò, Giancarlo Piovaccari, Claudio Rapezzi, Francesco Saia
OBJECTIVES: To define the incidence of vascular complications (VC) after balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) in recent years, and to compare the performance of two vascular closure devices (VCD). BACKGROUND: VC remain the most frequent drawback of BAV and are associated with adverse clinical outcomes. METHODS: All BAV procedures performed at 2 high-volume centers over a 6-year period (n = 930) were collected in prospective registries and investigated to assess the incidence of Valve Academic Research Consortium-2 (VARC-2) defined VC...
October 5, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905503/the-complex-interplay-between-systolic-and-diastolic-function-at-rest-and-during-exercise-in-heart-failure-the-case-of-cardiac-amyloidosis
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EDITORIAL
Claudio Rapezzi, Agnese Milandri, Massimiliano Lorenzini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845875/-cardiologists-and-mucopolysaccharidoses-recommendations-of-gicem-cardiology-experts-on-metabolic-disease-italian-group-for-diagnosis-follow-up-and-cardiological-management
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Pierluigi Russo, Generoso Andria, Alessandra Baldinelli, Maria Lucia Boffi, Emma Cerini, Roberto Della Casa, Andrea Imperatori, Giovanni Battista Luciani, Elisa Morra, Rossella Parini, Maurizio Pieroni, Maria Antonia Prioli, Luca Ragni, Claudio Rapezzi, Gabriele Rinelli, Marta Rubino, Cristiano Sarais, Pietro Sciacca, Francesco Seddio, Giuseppe Limongelli
Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) represent a group of rare lysosomal storage disorders, with a heterogeneous clinical presentation in terms of inheritance (autosomal and X-linked recessive), age of onset (infants, children, and adults), systemic and cardiac manifestations (mild to severe disease forms). Evidence-based recommendations on the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease in MPS are scarce. GICEM (Gruppo Italiano Cardiologi Esperti Malattie Metaboliche) is a group of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and pediatricians with a specific expertise in metabolic diseases including MPS...
September 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838514/primary-cardiac-leiomyoma-causing-right-ventricular-obstruction-and-tricuspid-regurgitation
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Lucio Careddu, Alberto Foà, Ornella Leone, Valentina Agostini, Gaetano Domenico Gargiulo, Claudio Rapezzi, Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Davide Pacini
We report the unique case of a primary cardiac leiomyoma originating from the right ventricle and involving the tricuspid valve in a 43-year-old woman. Echocardiography showed a giant mass causing severe pulmonary stenosis and tricuspid valve regurgitation. The patient underwent surgical excision and histologic examination revealed a primary cardiac leiomyoma. To the best of our knowledge only three cases of primary cardiac leiomyoma have so far been reported, and this is the first case of primary cardiac leiomyoma involving the tricuspid valve apparatus...
September 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793143/intraoperative-diagnosis-of-anderson-fabry-disease-in-patients-with-obstructive-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-undergoing-surgical-myectomy
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Franco Cecchi, Maria Iascone, Niccolò Maurizi, Laura Pezzoli, Irene Binaco, Elena Biagini, Maria Laura Fibbi, Iacopo Olivotto, Federico Pieruzzi, Ana Fruntelata, Lucian Dorobantu, Claudio Rapezzi, Paolo Ferrazzi
Importance: Diagnostic screening for Anderson-Fabry cardiomyopathy (AFC) is performed in the presence of specific clinical red flags in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) older than 25 years. However, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) has been traditionally considered an exclusion criteria for AFC. Objective: To examine a series of patients diagnosed with HCM and severe basal LVOTO undergoing myectomy in whom the diagnosis of AFC was suspected by the cardiac surgeon intraoperatively and confirmed by histological and genetic examinations...
August 9, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747036/long-term-outcome-of-nonobstructive-versus-obstructive-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Francesco Pelliccia, Vincenzo Pasceri, Giuseppe Limongelli, Camillo Autore, Cristina Basso, Domenico Corrado, Massimo Imazio, Claudio Rapezzi, Gianfranco Sinagra, Giuseppe Mercuro
BACKGROUND: Prognosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is particularly heterogeneous. Patients with nonobstructive HCM (NOCM) are thought to be at relatively low-risk as compared with obstructive HCM (HOCM) with no need of major treatment options. However, available evidence of NOCM comes mainly from tertiary centers where a referral bias is likely to occur. Aim of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of the published literature on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in order to outline differences in presenting features and long-term outcome between NOCM and HOCM...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728693/broadening-the-phenotypic-spectrum-and%C3%A2-the-diagnostic-needs-of-ttr-related-cardiac-amyloidosis
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EDITORIAL
Claudio Rapezzi, Anna Laura Tinuper, Massimiliano Lorenzini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 25, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672034/skin-globotriaosylceramide-3-deposits-are-specific-to-fabry-disease-with-classical-mutations-and-associated-with-small-fibre-neuropathy
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Rocco Liguori, Alex Incensi, Silvia de Pasqua, Renzo Mignani, Enrico Fileccia, Marisa Santostefano, Elena Biagini, Claudio Rapezzi, Silvia Palmieri, Ilaria Romani, Walter Borsini, Alessandro Burlina, Roberto Bombardi, Marco Caprini, Patrizia Avoni, Vincenzo Donadio
BACKGROUND: Fabry Disease (FD) is characterized by globotriaosylceramide-3 (Gb3) accumulation in several tissues and a small fibre neuropathy (SFN), however the underlying mechanisms are poorly known. This study aimed to: 1) ascertain the presence of Gb3 deposits in skin samples, by an immunofluorescence method collected from FD patients with classical GLA mutations or late-onset FD variants or GLA polymorphisms; 2) correlate skin GB3 deposits with skin innervation. METHODS: we studied 52 genetically-defined FD patients (32 with classical GLA mutations and 20 with late-onset variants or GLA polymorphisms), 15 patients with SFN associated with a specific cause and 22 healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667454/effects-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-on-right-ventricular-function-during-rest-and-exercise-as-assessed-by-radionuclide-angiography-and-on-nt-probnp-levels
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Cinzia Valzania, Mauro Biffi, Rachele Bonfiglioli, Francesco Fallani, Cristian Martignani, Igor Diemberger, Matteo Ziacchi, Jessica Frisoni, Luciana Tomasi, Stefano Fanti, Claudio Rapezzi, Giuseppe Boriani
AIM: We carried out this study to investigate mid-term effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on right ventricular (RV) function and neurohormonal response, expressed by N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), in heart failure patients stratified by baseline RV ejection fraction (RVEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-six patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy underwent technetium-99m radionuclide angiography with bicycle exercise immediately after CRT implantation (during spontaneous rhythm and after CRT activation) and 3 months later...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637305/left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Kotaro Nochioka, Candida Cristina Quarta, Brian Claggett, Gabriela Querejeta Roca, Claudio Rapezzi, Rodney H Falk, Scott D Solomon
Aims: Although cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is characterized by significant left atrial (LA) dilatation, the characteristics of LA function remain to be fully investigated. Methods and results: We assessed LA function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in 124 patients with CA and sinus rhythm: 68 with light chain (AL), 29 with mutant (ATTRm), 27 with wild-type (ATTRwt) transthyretin amyloidosis. Conventional and strain-derived parameters, including LA peak longitudinal strain (LS) and strain rate (peak LSR: reservoir function; early LSR: conduit function; late LSR: active function), were assessed compared between CA patients and 20 healthy controls of similar age and gender...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611125/design-and-rationale-of-the-phase-3-attr-act-clinical-trial-tafamidis-in-transthyretin-cardiomyopathy-clinical-trial
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REVIEW
Mathew S Maurer, Perry Elliott, Giampaolo Merlini, Sanjiv J Shah, Márcia Waddington Cruz, Alison Flynn, Balarama Gundapaneni, Carolyn Hahn, Steven Riley, Jeffrey Schwartz, Marla B Sultan, Claudio Rapezzi
Transthyretin amyloidosis is a rare, life-threatening disease resulting from aggregation and deposition of transthyretin amyloid fibrils in various tissues. There are 2 predominate phenotypic presentations of the disease: transthyretin familial amyloid polyneuropathy, which primarily affects the peripheral nerves, and transthyretin cardiomyopathy (TTR-CM), which primarily affects the heart. However, there is a wide overlap with symptoms at presentation and disease course being highly variable and influenced by the underlying transthyretin mutation, age of the affected individual, sex, and geographic location...
June 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608152/recovering-from-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-the-patients-perspective-seen-through-the-lens-of-narrative-medicine
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G Graffigna, I Cecchini, M Breccia, E Capochiani, R Della Seta, S Galimberti, A Melosi, F Simonetti, M Pizzuti, S F Capalbo, F Falzetti, P Mazza, N Di Renzo, L Mastrullo, D Rapezzi, E Orlandi, T Intermesoli, A Iurlo, E Pungolino, M Pacilli
PURPOSE: The main objective of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of how patients suffering from chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cope with their illness. The study aims to reconstruct the subjective meaning-making process related to CML in order to gain insights into the impact the disease has on patients' emotions and everyday lives, as well as to explore the psychological impact of their being presented with the chance to suspend their therapy and recover from the disease. METHODS: Data were gathered from a qualitative study conducted in Italy on 158 Italian CML patients...
June 12, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584972/relation-between-thoracic-aortic-inflammation-and-features-of-plaque-vulnerability-in-the-coronary-tree-in-patients-with-non-st-segment-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-an-fdg-positron-emission-tomography-and-optical
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Nevio Taglieri, Cristina Nanni, Gabriele Ghetti, Rachele Bonfiglioli, Francesco Saia, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Giacomo Maria Lima, Valeria Marco, Francesco Prati, Stefano Fanti, Claudio Rapezzi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between aortic inflammation as assessed by (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET) and features of plaque vulnerability as assessed by frequency domain-optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT). METHODS: We enrolled 30 consecutive non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. All patients underwent three-vessel OCT before intervention and (18)F-FDG-PET before discharge...
June 6, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455632/utility-of-stress-perfusion-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-follow-up-of-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-interventions-of-the-left-main-coronary-artery
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Samuele Nanni, Luigi Lovato, Gabriele Ghetti, Fabio Vagnarelli, GianGaspare Mineo, Rossella Fattori, Francesco Saia, Antonio Marzocchi, Cinzia Marrozzini, Maurizio Zompatori, Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Franco Semprini, Giovanni Melandri, Elena Biagini, Anna Corsini, Giulia Norscini, Claudio Rapezzi
To assess the accuracy of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) for the diagnosis of angiographic stenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of left main coronary artery (LMCA). Patients undergone in the last year PCI of unprotected LMCA and scheduled for conventional X-ray coronary angiography (CXA) were evaluated with stress perfusion CMR within 2 weeks before CXA. Main contraindications to CMR were exclusion criteria. Stress perfusion CMR was performed to follow a bolus of contrast Gadobutrol after 3 min of adenosine infusion...
April 28, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384285/impact-of-genotype-and-phenotype-on-cardiac-biomarkers-in-patients-with-transthyretin-amyloidosis-report-from-the-transthyretin-amyloidosis-outcome-survey-thaos
#17
Arnt V Kristen, Mathew S Maurer, Claudio Rapezzi, Rajiv Mundayat, Ole B Suhr, Thibaud Damy
AIM: Cardiac troponins and natriuretic peptides are established for risk stratification in light-chain amyloidosis. Data on cardiac biomarkers in transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) are lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients (n = 1617) with any of the following cardiac biomarkers, BNP (n = 1079), NT-proBNP (n = 550), troponin T (n = 274), and troponin I (n = 108), available at baseline in the Transthyretin Amyloidosis Outcomes Survey (THAOS) were analyzed for differences between genotypes and phenotypes and their association with survival...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373528/addressing-common-questions-encountered-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-cardiac-amyloidosis
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REVIEW
Mathew S Maurer, Perry Elliott, Raymond Comenzo, Marc Semigran, Claudio Rapezzi
Advances in cardiac imaging have resulted in greater recognition of cardiac amyloidosis in everyday clinical practice, but the diagnosis continues to be made in patients with late-stage disease, suggesting that more needs to be done to improve awareness of its clinical manifestations and the potential of therapeutic intervention to improve prognosis. Light chain cardiac amyloidosis, in particular, if recognized early and treated with targeted plasma cell therapy, can be managed very effectively. For patients with transthyretin amyloidosis, there are numerous therapies that are currently in late-phase clinical trials...
April 4, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329248/clinical-characteristics-of-wild-type-transthyretin-cardiac-amyloidosis-disproving-myths
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Esther González-López, Christian Gagliardi, Fernando Dominguez, Cristina Candida Quarta, F Javier de Haro-Del Moral, Agnese Milandri, Clara Salas, Mario Cinelli, Marta Cobo-Marcos, Massimiliano Lorenzini, Enrique Lara-Pezzi, Serena Foffi, Luis Alonso-Pulpon, Claudio Rapezzi, Pablo Garcia-Pavia
Aims: Wild-type transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTRwt) is mostly considered a disease predominantly of elderly male, characterized by concentric LV hypertrophy, preserved LVEF, and low QRS voltages. We sought to describe the characteristics of a large cohort of ATTRwt patients to better define the disease. Methods and results: Clinical findings of consecutive ATTRwt patients diagnosed at 2 centres were reviewed. ATTRwt was diagnosed histologically or non-invasively (LV hypertrophy ≥12 mm, intense cardiac uptake at 99mTc-DPD scintigraphy and AL exclusion)...
June 21, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875721/percutaneous-mitral-valve-repair-the-last-chance-for-symptoms-improvement-in-advanced-refractory-chronic-heart-failure
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Alessandra Berardini, Elena Biagini, Francesco Saia, Davide Stolfo, Mario Previtali, Francesco Grigioni, Bruno Pinamonti, Gabriele Crimi, Alessandro Salvi, Maurizio Ferrario, Antonio De Luca, Fabrizio Gazzoli, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Claudia Raineri, Gianfranco Sinagra, Claudio Rapezzi
BACKGROUND: The role of percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) in patients with end-stage heart failure (HF) and functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) is unclear. METHODS: Seventy-five consecutive patients with FMR grade≥3+ and severe HF symptoms despite optimal medical therapy and resynchronization therapy underwent PMVR with the MitraClip system (Abbott, Abbott Park, IL, USA) at 3 centers. Clinical evaluation, echocardiography and pro-BNP measurement were performed at baseline and at 6-month...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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