- Myerson Group: Heart Valve Disease Research Group
Clinical Research Fellow & DPhil Student
I am a DPhil student in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Prof Saul Myerson and Prof Mona Bafadhel. I am also currently working as a clinical research fellow at the University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research (OCMR), directed by Prof. Stefan Neubauer.
My doctoral research examines symptoms in heart valve diseases and the discrimination between cardiovascular and respiratory causes of breathlessness. Exertional breathlessness and exercise intolerance are common symptoms of cardiovascular diseases. In heart valve diseases, optimising the timing of valve replacement is important for improving patient outcomes, but this relies on the accurate assessment of whether symptoms are due to the heart. In many patients, uncertainty exists in these evaluations, particularly concerning the cause of the breathlessness. Therefore, discriminating between cardiac and respiratory causes of dyspnoea is critical for their optimal management.
My specialist area is Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging, and I have undertaken Multi-Modality Imaging fellowships in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and Coronary Computed Tomography in Auckland, New Zealand (2014) and Oxford, United Kingdom (2015). My medical degree (2008) and the completion of my Cardiology Specialist training (2014) were both awarded with first class honours at the University of Verona, Italy.
Drowned and saved: native pulmonary vasculature protection in an unoperated adult with Tetralogy of Fallot and pulmonary atresia.
Rigolli M. and Lowe BS., (2016), Eur Heart J, 37
Assessment and impact of diastolic function by echocardiography in elderly patients.
Dugo C. et al, (2016), J Geriatr Cardiol, 13, 252 - 260
Cardiac resynchronization therapy: Twelve-month effects of echocardiographic atrio-ventricular and inter-ventricular delay optimization. Rationale and design of the CARTEDO trial.
Donazzan L. et al, (2016), Int J Cardiol, 202, 185 - 187
Bias associated with left ventricular quantification by multimodality imaging: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Rigolli M. et al, (2016), Open Heart, 3
The prognostic impact of diastolic dysfunction in patients with chronic heart failure and post-acute myocardial infarction: Can age-stratified E/A ratio alone predict survival?
Rigolli M. et al, (2015), Int J Cardiol, 181, 362 - 368