Luca Alessandro Gondoni
St. Joseph Hospital
Physical therapyRehabilitationHeart diseaseObesityMedicine
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Objective: Exercise capacity (EC) is a well-established predictor of cardiovascular health. It is notoriously influenced by several factors, but the independent effect of psychological well-being (PWB) on EC has not yet been explored. The present study aims to investigate (1) whether PWB is an independent predictor of EC over and above selected demographic, behavioral, and biomedical parameters in a sample of CR patients with obesity and (2) whether PWB is a stronger predictor of EC than the oth...
#1Giada Pietrabissa (UCSC: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)H-Index: 13
#2Francesco Borgia (UCSC: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)
Last. Gianluca Castelnuovo PysD (UCSC: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)H-Index: 28
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The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) has established superiority in reducing mortality for survivors of cardiac arrest or patients at high risk of sudden death. However, because of the nature of their spontaneous, chronic, and potentiality life-treating condition, patients with an ICD are at risk of developing mild to serious psychological distress. Critical events, such as ICD shocks or ICD recalls may occur, significantly altering the course of individuals’ psychosocial adjustment;...
Abstract Background Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a risk factor for all-cause mortality. Left ventricular (LV) mass is usually indexed for normalizing the value to the patients phenotype and a correction by body surface area (BSA) is widely utilized being the only approved one according to the last echocardiography guidelines. However indexing LV mass by BSA may cause an underestimation of LVH prevalence in obese subjects and many authors have utilized in the obese subset of patients a c...
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#1Gianluca Castelnuovo PysD (UCSC: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)H-Index: 28
#2Giada Pietrabissa (UCSC: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)H-Index: 13
Last. Riccardo Proietti (Swansea University)
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One of the main benefits of the eHealth and mHealth approach is that it overcomes those limitations associated with the traditional, restricted and highly expensive in-patient treatment of many chronic pathologies, by reducing complications from a clinical, organizational and economic prospective. Mobile communication devices, therefore, may be an effective way to ensure long-term maintenance and improvement of health outcomes among patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). ...
Article history: Received 8 September 2015 Accepted 2 October 2015 Available online 9 October 2015 on Diamond and Forrester work [5]. Anyway I did the test. I first underwent a standard test using a ramp protocol, which is the rule at my institution. I reached 15.6 metabolic equivalents (METs) with a significant down-sloping of ST at peak effort which however normalized after a few second of rest (Fig. 1). I had no symptoms at all. Since I was doubtful about the result of the test I resolved to ...
#1Giada Pietrabissa (University of Milan)H-Index: 13
#2Martina Ceccarini (University of Bergamo)H-Index: 8
Last. Gianluca Castelnuovo PysD (University of Milan)H-Index: 28
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Background: psychological interventions in Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) programs appear relevant in as much they significantly contribute to achieve the goals of rehabilitation, to reduce the risk of relapses and to improve patients’ adherence to therapy. To this aim, Motivational Interviewing (MI) has shown promising results in improving motivation to change and individuals’ confidence in their ability to do so. Objective: the purpose of this article is to integrate theory with practice by descr...
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#1Carla Favoccia (UNIPV: University of Pavia)H-Index: 1
#2Giada Pietrabissa (UCSC: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)H-Index: 13
Last. Luca Alessandro GondoniH-Index: 9
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Severely obese patients affected by two or more chronic conditions which could mutually influence their outcome and disability can be defined as “complex” patients. The presence of multiple comorbidities often represents an obstacle for being admitted to clinical settings for the treatment of metabolic diseases. On the other hand, clinical Units with optimal standards for the treatment of pathological conditions in normal-weight patients are often structurally and technologically inadequate for ...
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#1Gian Mauro Manzoni (University of Bergamo)H-Index: 19
#2Valentina VillaH-Index: 12
Last. Luca Alessandro GondoniH-Index: 9
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Given that many patients referred to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) are obese, diet therapy, exercise training, nutritional and psychological counselling for both obesity and psychological distress should be included as important components in all CR programmes. In this practice-level, observational study we evaluated the short-term within-group effects of a four-week multi-factorial inpatient CR programme specifically addressed to weight loss, fitness improvement and psychological health increase ...
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