Antonio L Bartorelli

Centro Cardiologico Monzino, Milano, Lombardy, Italy

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  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology 10/2015; 66(15):B259-B260. DOI:10.1016/j.jacc.2015.08.654 · 16.50 Impact Factor
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology 10/2015; 66(15):B201. DOI:10.1016/j.jacc.2015.08.507 · 16.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives To examine the benefit of the Tryton dedicated side branch (SB) stent compared with provisional stenting in the treatment of complex bifurcation lesions involving large SBs.Background The TRYTON Trial was designed to evaluate the utility of a dedicated SB stent to treat true bifurcation lesions involving large (≥2.5 mm by visual estimation) SBs. Patient enrolled in the trial had smaller SB diameters than intended (59% SB ≤2.25 mm by Core Lab QCA). The TRYTON Trial did not meet its primary endpoint due to an increased rate of peri-procedural myocardial infarctions (MIs).Methods The TRYTON Trial randomized 704 patients to the Tryton SB stent with main vessel DES versus provisional SB treatment with main vessel DES. The rates of the primary end point of target vessel failure and the secondary powered end point of angiographic percent diameter stenosis in the SB at 9 months were assessed and compared between the two treatment strategies among patients with a SB ≥2.25 mm diameter at baseline determined by Core Lab QCA.ResultsAmong the 704 patients enrolled in the TRYTON Trial, 289 patients (143 provisional and 146 Tryton stent; 41% of entire cohort) had a SB ≥2.25 mm. The primary end point of TVF was numerically lower in the Tryton group compared with the provisional group (11.3% vs. 15.6%, P = 0.38), and was within the non-inferiority margin. No difference among the rates of clinically driven target vessel revascularization (3.5% vs. 4.3% P = 0.77) or cardiac death (0% both groups) were seen. In-segment percent diameter stenosis of the SB was significantly lower in the Tryton group compared with the provisional group (30.4% vs. 40.6%, P = 0.004).Conclusions Analysis of the TRYTON Trial cohort of SB ≥2.25 mm supports the safety and efficacy of the Tryton SB stent compared with a provisional stenting strategy in the treatment of bifurcation lesions involving large SBs. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/ccd.26240 · 2.11 Impact Factor
  • Giancarlo Marenzi · Nicola Cosentino · Antonio L Bartorelli
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    ABSTRACT: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is increasingly being seen in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACSs). This condition has a complex pathogenesis, an incidence that can reach 30% and it is associated with higher short-term and long-term morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless, AKI is still characterised by lack of a single accepted definition, unclear pathophysiology understanding and insensitive diagnostic tools that make its detection difficult, particularly in the setting of ACS. Recent data suggested that patients with AKI during ACS, even those in whom renal function seems to fully recover, face an increased, persisting risk of future AKI and may develop chronic kidney disease. Thus, in these patients, nephrology follow-up, after hospital discharge, and secondary preventive measures should possibly be implemented. In this review, we aim at providing a framework of knowledge to increase cardiologists' awareness of AKI, with the goal of improving the outcome of patients with ACS. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to
    Heart (British Cardiac Society) 08/2015; DOI:10.1136/heartjnl-2015-307773 · 5.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We sought to determine the impact of post-dilation (PD) on clinical outcomes in a large cohort of patients treated only with the Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS). We evaluated all consecutive patients enrolled in the multicentre, single-arm ABSORB EXTEND study up to June 2013. The study allowed treatment of up to two coronaries (diameter 2.0 to 3.8 mm) and the use of overlapping (lesion length ≤28 mm). Patients with severe lesion calcification/tortuosity were excluded. Aggressive lesion predilation (balloon to artery ratio of 0.9-1.0) was mandatory, and PD was left to the operator's discretion. Patients were grouped according to whether PD was performed or not, and the one-year incidences of MACE and scaffold thrombosis were compared. A total of 768 patients were enrolled in the study; PD was performed in 526 (68.4%). There were no significant differences between the PD group and non-PD group in the majority of baseline characteristics, including the presence of moderate calcification and of B2/C lesions. Lesion length was similar (12.3±5.1 mm vs. 12.1±5.3 mm, p=0.6), as was RVD (2.6 mm for both groups, p=0.2). Residual in-scaffold stenosis (15.5±6.4% with PD, 15.0±6% without PD, p=0.3) and the need for bail-out scaffold/stent (4.2% with PD, 4.6% without PD, p=0.8) were comparable. Acute gain was higher in the non-PD group (1.14±0.3 mm vs. 1.21±0.4 mm, p=0.02). Clinical device success was 98.9% in both groups. At one year, there was no difference in MACE (5.4% in the PD group vs. 2.5% in the non-PD group, p=0.1). All individual components of TLR, death, and MI were similar as well as definite/probable scaffold thrombosis between the two groups. These results reflect very similar final angiographic and clinical results achieved with or without post-dilation in the treatment of low to moderately complex coronary lesions. Therefore, post-dilation should be performed whenever needed to optimise acute results.
    EuroIntervention: journal of EuroPCR in collaboration with the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology 05/2015; 11(1). DOI:10.4244/EIJY15M05_06 · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of a novel intra-cycle motion correction algorithm (MCA) on overall evaluability and diagnostic accuracy of cardiac computed tomography coronary angiography (CCT). From a cohort of 900 consecutive patients referred for CCT for suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), we enrolled 160 (18 %) patients (mean age 65.3 ± 11.7 years, 101 male) with at least one coronary segment classified as non-evaluable for motion artefacts. The CCT data sets were evaluated using a standard reconstruction algorithm (SRA) and MCA and compared in terms of subjective image quality, evaluability and diagnostic accuracy. The mean heart rate during the examination was 68.3 ± 9.4 bpm. The MCA showed a higher Likert score (3.1 ± 0.9 vs. 2.5 ± 1.1, p < 0.001) and evaluability (94%vs.79 %, p < 0.001) than the SRA. In a 45-patient subgroup studied by clinically indicated invasive coronary angiography, specificity, positive predictive value and accuracy were higher in MCA vs. SRA in segment-based and vessel-based models, respectively (87%vs.73 %, 50%vs.34 %, 85%vs.73 %, p < 0.001 and 62%vs.28 %, 66%vs.51 % and 75%vs.57 %, p < 0.001). In a patient-based model, MCA showed higher accuracy vs. SCA (93%vs.76 %, p < 0.05). MCA can significantly improve subjective image quality, overall evaluability and diagnostic accuracy of CCT. • Cardiac computed tomographic coronary angiography (CCT) allows non-invasive evaluation of coronary arteries • Intra-cycle motion correction algorithm (MCA) allows for compensation of coronary motion • An MCA improves image quality, CCT evaluability and diagnostic accuracy.
    European Radiology 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00330-015-3793-1 · 4.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Diabetes mellitus has worse outcome after percutaneous coronary intervention.AimWe assessed stent thrombosis (ST), major adverse cardiac events (MACE), and major bleeding rates at 1 year after implantation of sirolimus-eluting stents (SES) in patients with diabetes mellitus in a large multicenter registry.Methods From May 2006 to April 2008, 15,147 unselected consecutive patients were enrolled at 320 centers in 56 countries in a prospective, observational registry after implantation of ≥ 1 SES. Source data were verified in 20% randomly chosen patients at > 100 sites. Adverse events were adjudicated by an independent Clinical Event Committee.ResultsComplete follow-up at 1 year was obtained in 13,693 (92%) patients, 4,577 (30%) of whom were diabetics. Within diabetics, 1,238 (9%) were insulin-treated diabetics (ITD). Diabetics were older (64 vs. 62 years, P < 0.001), with higher incidence of major coronary risk factors, co-morbidities, and triple-vessel coronary artery disease. Coronary lesions had smaller reference vessel diameter (2.88 ± 0.46 vs. 2.93 ± 0.45 mm, P < 0.001) and were more often heavily calcified (26.1% vs. 22.6%, P < 0.001). At 1 year, diabetics had higher MACE rate (6.8% vs. 3.9%, P < 0.001) driven by ITD (10.6% vs. 5.5%, P < 0.001). Finally, diabetics had significant increase in ST (1.7% vs. 0.7%, P < 0.001), principally owing to ITD (3.4% vs. 1.1%, P < 0.001). There was an overall low risk of major bleeding during follow-up, without significant difference among subgroups.Conclusions In the e-SELECT registry, diabetics represented 30% of patients undergoing SES implantation and had significantly more co-morbidities and complex coronary lesions. Although 1-year follow-up documented good overall outcome in diabetics, higher ST and MACE rates were observed, mainly driven by ITD. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/ccd.26026 · 2.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The SOURCE XT Registry (Edwards SAPIEN XT Aortic Bioprosthesis Multi-Region Outcome Registry) assessed the use and clinical outcomes with the SAPIEN XT (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, California) valve in the real-world setting. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is an established treatment for high-risk/inoperable patients with severe aortic stenosis. The SAPIEN XT is a balloon-expandable valve with enhanced features allowing delivery via a lower profile sheath. The SOURCE XT Registry is a prospective, multicenter, post-approval study. Data from 2,688 patients at 99 sites were analyzed. The main outcome measures were all-cause mortality, stroke, major vascular complications, bleeding, and pacemaker implantations at 30-days and 1 year post-procedure. The mean age was 81.4 ± 6.6 years, 42.3% were male, and the mean logistic EuroSCORE (European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation) was 20.4 ± 12.4%. Patients had a high burden of coronary disease (44.2%), diabetes (29.4%), renal insufficiency (28.9%), atrial fibrillation (25.6%), and peripheral vascular disease (21.2%). Survival was 93.7% at 30 days and 80.6% at 1 year. At 30-day follow-up, the stroke rate was 3.6%, the rate of major vascular complications was 6.5%, the rate of life-threatening bleeding was 5.5%, the rate of new pacemakers was 9.5%, and the rate of moderate/severe paravalvular leak was 5.5%. Multivariable analysis identified nontransfemoral approach (hazard ratio [HR]: 1.84; p < 0.0001), renal insufficiency (HR: 1.53; p < 0.0001), liver disease (HR: 1.67; p = 0.0453), moderate/severe tricuspid regurgitation (HR: 1.47; p = 0.0019), porcelain aorta (HR: 1.47; p = 0.0352), and atrial fibrillation (HR: 1.41; p = 0.0014), with the highest HRs for 1-year mortality. Major vascular complications and major/life-threatening bleeding were the most frequently seen complications associated with a significant increase in 1-year mortality. The SOURCE XT Registry demonstrated appropriate use of the SAPIEN XT THV in the first year post-commercialization in Europe. The safety profile is sustained, and clinical benefits have been established in the real-world setting. (SOURCE XT Registry; NCT01238497). Copyright © 2015 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions 04/2015; 8(5):657-69. DOI:10.1016/j.jcin.2014.10.026 · 7.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the feasibility of ultra-low-dose CT for left atrium and pulmonary veins using new model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) algorithm. Two hundred patients scheduled for catheter ablation were randomized into two groups: Group 1 (100 patients, Multidetector row CT (MDCT) with MBIR, no ECG triggering, tube voltage and tube current of 100 kV and 60 mA, respectively) and Group 2 [100 patients, MDCT with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction algorithm (ASIR), no ECG triggering, and kV and mA tailored on patient BMI]. Image quality, CT attenuation, image noise, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of left atrium (LA) and pulmonary veins, and effective dose (ED) were evaluated for each exam and compared between two groups. No significant differences between groups in terms of population characteristics, cardiovascular risk factors, anatomical features, prevalence of persistent atrial fibrillation and image quality score. Statistically significant differences were found between Group 1 and Group 2 in mean attenuation, SNR, and CNR of LA. Significantly, lower values of noise were found in Group 1 versus Group 2. Group 1 showed a significantly lower mean ED in comparison with Group 2 (0.41 ± 0.04 versus 4.17 ± 2.7 mSv). The CT for LA and pulmonary veins imaging using MBIR is feasible and allows examinations with very low-radiation exposure without loss of image quality. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email:
    European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging 04/2015; DOI:10.1093/ehjci/jev103 · 4.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has extended the treatment options for severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis (AS). Risk factors for AS have been shown to be similar to atherosclerosis. Consequently, coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular and carotid artery diseases are often found concurrently with diagnostic, procedural and prognostic implications. This study sought to describe comprehensive vascular assessment in terms of prevalence, severity and correlations in TAVI candidates. A total of 323 patients (81 ± 6 years) undergoing TAVI were enrolled. Vascular pathologies were evaluated by invasive coronary angiography, computer-tomography (abdominal aorta, renal, iliac and femoral arteries), echo-color Doppler ultrasound (carotid artery), and transoesophageal echocardiography (thoracic aorta). CAD was found in 173 (54 %) patients, of which 65 (38 %) had 1-vessel, 45 (26 %) 2-vessel and 59 (34 %) 3-vessel disease. Carotid artery disease was present in 33.6 % patients, of which 23.6 % unilateral and 10.0 % bilateral. Iliac, femoral and renal stenosis were found in 29.2 %, 22.0 %, and 4.7 %, respectively. Cardiovascular risk factor and gender correlated with CAD. CAD patients presented more frequently with significant stenosis (luminal narrowing ≥50 %) of at least one other district. Multi-districts significant stenosis stratified patients on long-term survival and the coexistence of 3-districts involvement with CAD negatively impacts on mortality. Multimodality imaging assessment shows that coronary, carotid, and peripheral artery disease are often found concurrently in patients undergoing TAVI. Several risk factors and gender correlate with the presence and severity of CAD and peripheral pathologies. Long-term mortality is increased in patients with a more compromised vascular situation.
    The international journal of cardiovascular imaging 03/2015; 31(5). DOI:10.1007/s10554-015-0651-9 · 1.81 Impact Factor
  • JACC. Cardiovascular imaging 03/2015; 8(6). DOI:10.1016/j.jcmg.2014.10.013 · 7.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Motion artefacts due to high or irregular heart rate (HR) are common limitations of coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography (CCTA). The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of a new motion-correction (MC) algorithm used in conjunction with low-dose prospective ECG-triggering CCTA on motion artefacts, image quality, and coronary assessability. Among 380 patients undergoing CCTA for suspected CAD, we selected 120 patients with pre-scanning HR >70 bpm or HR variability (HRv) >10 bpm during scanning irrespective of pre-scanning HR or both conditions. In patients with pre-scanning HR <65 or ≥65 bpm, prospective ECG triggering with padding of 80 ms (58 cases) or padding of 200 ms (62 cases) was used, respectively. Mean pre-scanning HR and HRv were 70 ± 7 and 10.9 ± 4 bpm, respectively. Overall, the mean effective dose was 3.4 ± 1.3 mSv, while a lower dose (2.4 ± 0.9 mSv) was measured for padding of 80 ms. In a segment-based analysis, coronary assessability was significantly higher (P < 0.0001) with MC (97%) when compared with standard (STD) reconstruction (81%) due to a significant reduction (P < 0.0001) in severe artefacts (54 vs. 356 cases, respectively). An artefact sub-analysis showed significantly lower number of motion artefacts and artefacts related to chest movement with MC (16 and 4 cases) than with STD reconstruction (286 and 24 cases, P < 0.0001 and P < 0.05, respectively). The number of coronary segments ranked among those of excellent image quality was significantly higher with MC (P < 0.001). The MC algorithm improves CCTA image quality and coronary assessability in patients with high HR and HRv, despite low radiation dose. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email:
    European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging 03/2015; 16(10). DOI:10.1093/ehjci/jev033 · 2.65 Impact Factor
  • European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging 03/2015; · 4.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives To characterize the treatment of complex bifurcation lesions (BL) with the Tryton Bifurcation Stent (TBS) paired with an everolimus-eluting stent (EES).Background Complex BL are associated with higher procedural complications and poorer long-term outcomes. The TBS is a dedicated side-branch (SB) stent designed to be used in conjunction with a standard drug-eluting stent.Methods Prospectively identified, consecutive patients underwent TBS+EES stenting of BL using a protocol which included TBS postdilation and simultaneous final kissing balloon inflations (FKBI). All lesions were systematically evaluated with coronary angiography and IVUS, obtained at procedure completion and at 9 months, and were assessed by independent core laboratories.ResultsThirty-three BL were treated in 32 patients presenting primarily (87.5%) with stable angina and complex BL with angiographic apparent disease in the main vessel (MV) and SB in 87.9% and 75% by site and core evaluation, respectively. Procedural success was 100% and high postprocedure percent stent expansion (MV 96 [93, 109]%, SB 88 [77, 100]%, carina MV 135 [99, 166]%, carina SB 116 [91, 130]%) was demonstrated by IVUS. At 9-month angiographic follow-up (n = 28 patients), one MV in-segment restenosis and one SB in-stent restenosis were observed. SB in-stent late lumen loss was 0.41 ± 0.27 mm. IVUS assessment revealed the absence of stent recoil; percent carinal neointimal hyperplasia (NIH) was 1.8 [0.0,11.2]% in MV and 15.0 [6.7,23.5]% in SB, with NIH volume obstruction of 2.0 [0.7,4.3]% in MV and 14.2 [7.5,29.6]% in SB.Conclusions Stenting of complex BL with the TBS+EES provides high acute success with sustained clinical, angiographic, and IVUS results at 9 months. These excellent results are likely due to the extent of stent expansion at the carina. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 03/2015; 85(4). DOI:10.1002/ccd.25629 · 2.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bifurcation lesions are frequent among patients with symptomatic coronary disease treated by percutaneous coronary intervention. Current evidence recommends a conservative (provisional) approach when treating the side branch (SB). The TRYTON (Prospective, Single Blind, Randomized Controlled Study to Evaluate the Safety & Effectiveness of the Tryton Side Branch Stent Used With DES in Treatment of de Novo Bifurcation Lesions in the Main Branch & Side Branch in Native Coronaries) bifurcation trial sought to compare treatment of de novo true bifurcation lesions using a dedicated bifurcation stent or SB balloon angioplasty. We randomly assigned patients with true bifurcation lesions to a main vessel stent plus provisional stenting or the bifurcation stent. The primary endpoint (powered for noninferiority) was target vessel failure (TVF) (cardiac death, target vessel myocardial infarction, and target vessel revascularization). The secondary angiographic endpoint (powered for superiority) was in-segment percent diameter stenosis of the SB at 9 months. We randomized 704 patients with bifurcation coronary lesions at 58 centers (30 from Europe and 28 from the United States). At 9 months, TVF was 17.4% in the bifurcation stent group compared with 12.8% in the provisional group (p = 0.11), mainly because of a higher periprocedural myocardial infarction rate (13.6% vs. 10.1%, p = 0.19). The TVF difference of +4.6% (2-sided 95% confidence interval: -1.0 to 10.3; upper limit of the 1-sided 95% confidence interval: 10.3) was not within the pre-specified noninferiority margin of 5.5% (p = 0.42 for noninferiority). The SB in-segment diameter stenosis among the angiographic cohort was lower in the bifurcation stent group compared with the provisional group (31.6% vs. 38.6%, p = 0.002 for superiority), with no difference in binary restenosis rates (diameter stenosis ≥50%) at 9 months follow-up (22.6% vs. 26.8%, p = 0.44). Provisional stenting should remain the preferred strategy for treatment of non-left main true coronary bifurcation lesions. (Prospective, Single Blind, Randomized Controlled Study to Evaluate the Safety & Effectiveness of the Tryton Side Branch Stent Used With DES in Treatment of de Novo Bifurcation Lesions in the Main Branch & Side Branch in Native Coronaries [TRYTON]; NCT01258972). Copyright © 2015 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Journal of the American College of Cardiology 02/2015; 65(6):533-543. DOI:10.1016/j.jacc.2014.11.031 · 16.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Computed tomography-adapted Leaman score (CT-LeSc) was developed to quantify coronary CT angiography information about atherosclerotic burden (lesion localization, stenosis degree, and plaque composition). The objective of the study is to evaluate CT-LeSc long-term prognostic value in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Single-center prospective registry including 1304 consecutive patients undergoing coronary CT angiography for suspected CAD. High CT-LeSc was defined by upper tertile (score, >5) cutoff. Segment involvement score and segment stenosis score were also evaluated. Hard cardiac events (cardiac death and nonfatal acute coronary syndromes) were considered for analysis. Different Cox regression models were used to identify independent event predictors. Kaplan-Meier event-free survival was evaluated in 4 patient subgroups stratified by obstructive (≥50% stenosis) versus nonobstructive CAD and a high (>5) versus a low (≤5) CT-LeSc. Of 1196 patients included in the final analysis (mean follow-up of 52±22 months), 125 patients experienced 136 hard events (18 cardiac deaths and 118 nonfatal myocardial infarction). All atherosclerotic burden scores were independent predictors of cardiac events (hazard ratios of 3.09 for segment involvement score, 4.42 for segment stenosis score, and 5.39 for CT-LeSc). Cumulative event-free survival was 76.8% with a high CT-LeSc and 96.0% with a low CT-LeSc. Event-free survival in nonobstructive CAD with high CT-LeSc (78.6%) was similar to obstructive CAD with high CT-LeSc (76.5%) but lower than obstructive CAD with low CT-LeSc (80.7%). CT-LeSc is an independent long-term predictor of hard cardiac events. Patients with nonobstructive CAD and high CT-LeSc had hard event-free survival similar to patients with obstructive CAD. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.
    Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging 02/2015; 8(2). DOI:10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.114.002332 · 5.32 Impact Factor
  • JACC Cardiovascular Interventions 01/2015; 8(1PA):111-113. DOI:10.1016/j.jcin.2014.07.028 · 7.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We assessed whether short-term, pre-procedural, intensive statin treatment may reduce contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) incidence in patients with and without acute coronary syndromes (ACS) undergoing coronary angiography (CA) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Statins may exert renal-protective effects through their pleiotropic properties. However, there have been conflicting reports on the CI-AKI preventive effect of pre-procedural statin administration. Randomized controlled trials published between January 1st, 2003 and February 28th, 2014 comparing the preventive effects against CI-AKI of pre-procedural statins vs. control (lower statin dose, no statin, or placebo) in patients undergoing CA/PCI were included. Data were combined from 9 clinical trials enrolling 5212 patients (age 65±5years, 63% males). Pooled analysis showed that intensive, short-term statin pre-treatment significantly reduced the risk of CI-AKI as compared to control (relative risk [RR] 0.50; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.39 to 0.64; P<0.001). Pre-specified subgroup analysis showed that intensive statin pre-treatment significantly reduced CI-AKI risk in patients with ACS (RR 0.37; 95% CI 0.25 to 0.55; P<0.0001), with only a non-significant positive trend in patients without ACS (RR 0.65; 95% CI 0.41 to 1.03; P=0.07). No evidence of publication bias was detected. Short-term, pre-procedural, intensive statin treatment significantly reduced CI-AKI incidence in ACS patients, and may contribute to the overall clinical benefit associated with the early use of these drugs in this clinical setting. Its role in non-ACS patients warrants further investigation. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
    International Journal of Cardiology 01/2015; 183C:47-53. DOI:10.1016/j.ijcard.2015.01.046 · 4.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: Proper measurement of the aortic annulus (AoA) is crucial for the success of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the first step to assess AoA diameter, but a two-dimensional TTE (2DTTE) measurement is no longer accepted as the sole determinant of prosthetic size. The aims of the study were to evaluate feasibility and accuracy of three-dimensional TTE (3DTTE) estimation of AoA dimensions in comparison with multidetector computer tomography (MDCT). Methods and results: We enrolled 100 consecutive patients referred for TAVI. Feasibility of AoA evaluation was 91% for 3DTTE and in 90% for MDCT. In 81 of 100 patients, AoA maximum diameter (max-D), minimum diameter (min-D), and area were measured and compared using 2DTTE, 3DTTE, and MDCT. Image quality of 3DTTE was sufficient in 47, good in 46 and optimal in 7%. High correlations (P < 0.001) were found between MDCT and 3DTTE (max-D: r = 0.89; min-D r = 0.86; area: r = 0.93), and between MDCT and 2DTTE (min-D: r = 0.81; area 0.78). The 3DTTE measurements were found to be highly reproducible on intra- and interobserver variability analyses. Regarding the choice of prosthesis size, agreement between 3DTTE and MDCT was very good (k = 0.84, P < 0.001) while it was poor between 2DTTE and MDCT (k = 0.36, P < 0.001). Conclusions: 3DTTE may be a valid imaging alternative in patients unsuitable for MDCT during the preoperative evaluation for TAVI. Evaluation of AoA through 3DTTE is feasible, and measurements closely approximate those of MDCT thus improving TTE accuracy in identifying the correct prosthesis size.
    European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging 09/2014; 15(12). DOI:10.1093/ehjci/jeu157 · 2.65 Impact Factor
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology 09/2014; 64(11):B72. DOI:10.1016/j.jacc.2014.07.285 · 16.50 Impact Factor

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  • 1995–2015
    • Centro Cardiologico Monzino
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 1993–2015
    • University of Milan
      • • Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
      • • Institute of Human Physiology II
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 2014
    • University of Amsterdam
      • Department of Cardiology
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 2013
    • General Hospital of Jinan Military Region
      Chi-nan-shih, Shandong Sheng, China
  • 2008–2010
    • Università degli Studi di Torino
      • Department of Medical Science
      Torino, Piedmont, Italy
  • 2005
    • Istituto di Cura e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Basilicata
      Rionero in Vulture, Basilicate, Italy
  • 2004
    • University of Cincinnati
      Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • 2003
    • University of California, San Francisco
      San Francisco, California, United States
  • 2002
    • IRCCS Multimedica
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 1994–1998
    • Istituto Nazionale Tumori "Fondazione Pascale"
      Napoli, Campania, Italy
  • 1994–1995
    • National Research Council
      Roma, Latium, Italy