Chiara Lazzeri, MD
Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Careggi, Florence, Italy
Her contributions to research can be summarized as follows: -she investigated the clinical significance of the natriuretic peptides (mainly atrial and brain natriuretic peptide) in physiological conditions (such as exercise), pregnacy, essential hypertension and in liver cirrhosis. -she evaluated the autonomic nervous systemic (by means of heart rate variability) in physiology (with particular regard of age effects) and hypertension. She further assessed the alterations of the autonomic systemic in patients with vaso vagal syncope.
More recently, her scientific fields of interest were the metabolic alterations in acute cardiac patients, and in particular glucose dysmetabolism (hyperglycemia, acute insulin resistance and glucose variability). Specifically study populations were represented by patients in the acute phase of ST elevation myocardiac infarction submitted to primary percutaneous intervention, patients with cardiogenic shock and cardiac arrest. As an expert in echocardiography (transthoracic and transesophageal), her actual field of research is the heart lung interactions in patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome , and especially during the support by venous venous extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation. The clinical significance of cardiac alterations in these patients (as detected by echocardiography) is a hot topic in every day clinical practice in critical care. Another innovative role of critical care echocardiography is represented by the management of potential donors since this methodology, when clinically interpreted, allows an optimization of hemodynamics and therefore a potential increase in the donor pool.