Institute Cardiologia do RS

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Institute Cardiologia do RS

Porto Alegre, Brazil
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Zaveri A.,University of Leipzig | Zaveri A.,Duke University | Shah J.,Duke University | Pradhan S.,Duke University | And 5 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012

Motivation: Evidence-based medicine (EBM), in the field of neurosurgery, relies on diagnostic studies since Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) are uncommon. However, diagnostic study reporting is less standardized which increases the difficulty in reliably aggregating results. Although there have been several initiatives to standardize reporting, they have shown to be sub-optimal. Additionally, there is no central repository for storing and retrieving related articles. Results: In our approach we formulate a computational diagnostic ontology containing 91 elements, including classes and sub-classes, which are required to conduct Systematic Reviews - Meta Analysis (SR-MA) for diagnostic studies, which will assist in standardized reporting of diagnostic articles. SR-MA are studies that aggregate several studies to come to one conclusion for a particular research question. We also report high percentage of agreement among five observers as a result of the interobserver agreement test that we conducted among them to annotate 13 articles using the diagnostic ontology. Moreover, we extend our existing repository CERR-N to include diagnostic studies. Availability: The ontology is available for download as an.owl file at: http://bioportal.bioontology.org/ontologies/3013. © 2012 Zaveri et al.


Lehnen A.M.,Institute Cardiologia Do RS | Leguisamo N.M.,Institute Cardiologia Do RS | Pinto G.H.,Institute Cardiologia Do RS | Pinto G.H.,Federal University of Health Sciences, Porto Alegre | And 6 more authors.
Hormone and Metabolic Research | Year: 2011

The effects of exercise training on systolic blood pressure (BP), insulin sensitivity, and plasma membrane GLUT4 protein content in spontaneously hypertensive (SHR) and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were compared. 16 SHR and 16 WKY male rats, aged 6 months, were randomized into sedentary and trained (treadmill running, 5 days/week, 60 min/day for 10 weeks) groups (n=8/group). At baseline, SHR had lower insulin sensitivity than WKY rats, however, there were no differences between WKY and SHR GLUT4 expression. The 10-week training reduced BP by 19% in SHR, improved insulin sensitivity by 24% in SHR, but not in WKY, and increased GLUT4 expression in both animal models. Compared to the sedentary group, there was an increase of GLUT4 in WKY rats by 25% in the heart, by 23% in the gastrocnemius, and by 15% in the fat tissue. Trained SHR presented an increase in GLUT4 of 21%, 20%, and 14%, in the same tissues, respectively. There were no differences between SHR and WKY rats in post-training GLUT4 expression. We conclude that training determined BP and insulin resistance reduction in SHR, and increased GLUT4 expression in both normotensive and hypertensive rats. However, considering the similar rise in GLUT4-induced training in SHR and WKY, it is possible that GLUT4 levels in plasma membrane fraction do not have a pivotal role in the exercise-induced improvement of insulin sensitivity in SHR. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart - New York.


Rosa M.P.,Institute Cardiologia do RS
Arquivos brasileiros de cardiologia | Year: 2010

BACKGROUND: Although the carotid stenosis is the main cause of cerebrovascular accident, the prevalence of clinically significant stenosis (>50%) remains unknown in our country, mainly in individuals with a surgical indication for elective myocardial revascularization surgery. OBJECTIVE: To identify the prevalence and degree of carotid stenosis in individuals with a surgical indication for MRS in a reference center in Cardiology in Brazil. METHODS: Transversal study of 457 consecutive patients of both genders, evaluated between May 2007 and April 2008 through ultrasonography with color Doppler of the carotid arteries, during the preoperative period of elective MRS. The statistical analysis was performed with the SPSS program, version 10.1. A p value <0.05 was considered significant. Seven patients were lost throughout the study. RESULTS: The mean age (+/-standard deviation) was 62.2 +/- 9.4 years and 65.6% of the patients were males. The prevalence of significant carotid stenosis was 18.7%. As for the stratification of the degree of carotid stenosis: absence of stenosis was observed in 3.6%; stenosis < 50% was observed in 77.8%; stenosis between 50% and 69% was observed in 11.6%; stenosis between 70% and 99% was observed in 6.9% and arterial occlusion was observed in 0.2% of the individuals. The sensitivity and specificity regarding the carotid bruit were 34.5% and 88.8%, respectively. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of significant carotid stenosis was high in the studied sample, which suggests this is a high-risk population for the occurrence of cerebrovascular accident.


Borges C.F.,Federal University of Health Sciences, Porto Alegre | Busnello F.M.,Federal University of Health Sciences, Porto Alegre | Pellanda L.C.,Institute Cardiologia do RS | Pellanda L.C.,Federal University of Health Sciences, Porto Alegre
Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia | Year: 2012

Background: Cardiovascular diseases are one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Brazil, they are the major cause of death. Objective: To identify cardiovascular risk factors in parents/caregivers of children with heart diseases by assessing their nutritional status, health conditions, and life style. Methods: Cross-sectional study of 150 parents or caregivers of children with heart diseases who attended a cardiology outpatient clinic. Data on identification, lifestyle and health conditions were collected by means of a structured questionnaire. For the assessment of the eating habits, a questionnaire on eating frequency was used; for the assessment of the nutritional status, weight, height, and waist circumference were measured, and the body mass index (BMI) was calculated and classified. Results: A total of 155 parents of children with heart diseases, predominantly of the female gender (91.6%), were evaluated; their mean age was 35.0 ± 10.6 years. The most prevalent risk factors were sedentary lifestyle (85.2%), obesity (28%) and hypertension (22.6%). As regards the eating habits, a high frequency of intake of red meat, margarine, vegetable oil, and sugar and low intake of fish were observed. Comparison between genders showed a significant difference in relation to obesity, as detected by BMI, and hypertension, both more frequent among women. Waist circumference measurement also showed a higher cardiovascular risk in women. Conclusion: Cardiovascular risk factors such as excess weight, sedentary lifestyle, and hypertension as well as inadequate eating habits such as a high frequency of intake of saturated fat and cholesterol and low intake of unsaturated fat were identified in the parents/caregivers assessed.

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