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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Clinical And Laboratory Characterization Of Hypertensive Chagas' Disease Patients Without Evident Heart Failure [caracterização Clínico-laboratorial De Chagásicos Hipertensos Sem Insuficiência Cardíaca Manifesta]
Author: Bertanha L.
Guariento M.E.
Magna L.A.
De Almeida E.A.
Abstract: This study evaluated the characteristics of 125 Chagas disease patients aged ≥ 25 years or over who were attended at the Clinical Hospital of the State University of Campinas, State of São Paulo. Arterial pressure, age, gender, skin color, heart disease, body mass index, lipid profile, blood glucose level, alcohol and tobacco dependence, dyslipidemia, diabetes, anxiety disorders and obesity were investigated. It was found that the hypertensive Chagas disease patients were older than the nonhypertensive ones (p = 0.028). Among the hypertensive patients, there were more women (p = 0.015); higher blood glucose, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels (p = 0.005, p = 0.024 and p = 0.017); more diabetics (p = 0.006); and more cardiac damage (p = 0.04) and left ventricular hypertrophy (p = 0.003). Only the age of patients with cardiac damage was shown to be higher (p = 0.003). The hypertensive Chagas disease patients presented clinical and laboratory characteristics that were similar to those of the general hypertensive population. This association may compound the harmful effects on the cardiovascular system.
Citation: Revista Da Sociedade Brasileira De Medicina Tropical. , v. 41, n. 2, p. 163 - 168, 2008.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0037-86822008000200006
Date Issue: 2008
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