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IJCS - International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences
Edition: 30.1 - 12 Articles


Integrity in Scientific Research
Integridade na Pesquisa Científica

Claudio Tinoco Mesquita
International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):1-3



Cardiovascular Lipid Risk Factors and Rate of Cardiovascular Events After Myocardial Revascularization
Fatores Lipídicos de Risco Cardiovascular e Taxa de Eventos Cardiovasculares após Revascularização Miocárdica

Cosor Oana Catalina, Bucur Adina, Baibata Emilia Dana Smarandita, Dragomir Angela, Gaita Dan, Mancas Silvia
International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):4-10

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Background: Coronary heart disease is a public health problem, and the leading cause of premature death in Europe and worldwide. There is epidemiological evidence that the control of cardiovascular risk factors following myocardial revascularization remains suboptimal.
Objectives: Analyze the incidence of cardiovascular events in patients receiving secondary prevention therapies after myocardial revascularization.
Methods: Single-center study on consecutive coronary patients retrospectively identified, conducted at the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Timisoara, Romania. Patients with diagnosis of revascularization for coronary artery disease (percutaneous coronary intervention, PCI or coronary artery bypass grafting, CABG) were included, following the inclusion criteria of the EuroAspire IV study. Outcome measures were assessed at three time points– at T0, when myocardial revascularization was performed; at T1 (interview with patients who had undergone revascularization for more than 6 months and less than 5 years), and T2 (interview with patients who had undergone revascularization for more than 5 years). Associations of primary and secondary lipid targets with the rates of adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) were assessed at T2.
Results: Of 375 coronary patients, 341 were included in the study. At T1, 5% and 34.9% of patients reached the LDL-c and non-HDL-c target respectively. MACE rate at T2 was 7.9% in a median of 4.33 years of follow-up. We found a positive, statically significant association between MACE rate and LDL-c at T1 (p = 0.039). There were significant differences in mean non-HDLc levels between MACE categories at T1 (p = 0.02). There was a significant association between mean non-HDL with the incidence of heart failure (p = 0.007), newly diagnosed diabetes (p = 0.017) and restenosis rate (p = 0.004).
Conclusion: The study highlights the need to control lipid risk factors after myocardial revascularization procedures, even at long-term, to minimize the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with coronary diseases. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2017;30(1):4-10)

Keywords: Coronary Artery Disease; Risk Factors; Lipid; Metabolism; Myocardial Revascularization; Epidemiology.


Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing in Patients With Left Bundle Branch Block and Preserved Ejection Fraction
Teste de Esforço Cardiopulmonar em Portadores de Bloqueio do Ramo Esquerdo e Fração de Ejeção Preservada

Milena dos Santos Barros, Rívia Siqueira Amorim, Romerito Oliveira Rocha, Enaldo Vieira de Melo, José Augusto Barreto-Filho PhD, Antônio Carlos Sobral Sousa PhD, Romeu Sérgio Meneghelo PhD, Joselina Luzia Menezes Oliveira PhD
International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):11-19

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Background: Left bundle branch block (LBBB) has prognostic significance in patients with congestive heart failure. However, its influence is not well established in patients with preserved systolic ventricular function.
Objective: To evaluate the implications of LBBB presence in the cardiovascular performance of patients with preserved left ventricular systolic function (LVEF).
Methods: 26 LBBB patients (61.3 ± 8.2 years of age) and 23 healthy individuals (58 ± 6.8 years of age) with LVEF > 0.5 underwent cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET).
Results: CPET analysis revealed: peak oxygen consumption (VO2) predicted in the LBBB group was 87.2 ± 15.0% versus 105.0 ± 15.6% (p < 0.0001); peak oxygen pulse predicted in LBBB group was 98.6 ± 18.6% vs 109.9 ± 13.5% (p = 0.02); VO2 predicted anaerobic threshold in LBBB group was 67.9 ± 13.6% vs 70.2 ± 12.8% (p = 0.55); ΔVO2 /Δload in the LBBB group was 15.5 ± 5.51 versus 20.7 ± 7.3 ml.min-1.watts-1 (p = 0.006); ventilation / carbon dioxide production (VE/VCO2 slope) in LBBB group was 29.8 ± 2.9 versus 26.2 ± 2.9 (p = 0.0001) and VO2 recovery time in the LBBB group was 85.2 ± 11.8 vs. 71.5 ± 11.0 seconds (p = 0.0001). LBBB was an independent marker for VE/VCO2 slope increase.
Conclusion: LBBB presence in individuals with preserved LVEF did not affect cardiovascular performance, but there was an increase of the VE/VCO2 slope in comparison to the control group. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2017;30(1):11-19)

Keywords: Exercise Test; Exercise; Bundle-Branch Block; Oxygen Consumption; Heart Failure; Stroke Volume.


Effect Of Resistance Training On Myocardial Contractility In Vitro After Sleep Deprivation
Efeito do Treinamento Resistido na Contratilidade Miocárdica In Vitro após a Privação de Sono

Sara Quaglia de Campos Giampá, Marcos Mônico-Neto, Helton de Sá Souza, Marco Túlio de Mello, Sergio Tufik, Leslie Andrews Portes, Andrey Jorge Serra, Paulo José Ferreira Tucci, Hanna Karen Moreira Antunes
International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):20-31

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Background: Resistance training promotes cardiovascular health benefits that may affected by sleep deprivation.
Objective: To evaluate the effect of high-intensity resistance training on myocardial contractility in rats subsequently subjected to paradoxical sleep deprivation.
Methods: Forty male Wistar rats were distributed into control group (CTRL), resistance training (REST), 96-hour paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD96) and resistance training followed by 96-hour paradoxical sleep deprivation (REST/PSD96). The animals underwent high-intensity resistance training for 8 weeks, 5x/week. Twenty-four hours after the last training session, the PSD96 and REST/PSD96 groups were submitted to paradoxical sleep deprivation, which was followed by the in vitro study of isolated papillary muscle contractile mechanics.
Results: In comparison with the CTRL group, a lower papillary muscle length and increased cross sectional area were found in PSD96 and RETS/PSD96, which were associated with decreased temporal parameters of contraction force and relaxation. Decreased resting tension and slowing of relaxation time were found in the PSD96 group only. This effect was attenuated by previous resistance training.
Conclusion: Resistance training partially prevented contractile changes induced by PSD, minimizing the slowing in relaxation time. Thus, high-intensity exercise seems to not fully protect the cardiac tissue from PSD-induced effects. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2017;30(1):20-31)

Keywords: Resistance Training; Sleep Deprivation; Cardiovascular Diseases; Myocardial Contraction; Rats; Animal Experimentation.


The Relationship Between Gensini Score and In-Hospital Mortality in Patients with ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction
Relação entre o Escore de Gensini e Mortalidade Intra-Hospitalar em Pacientes com Infarto do Miocárdio com Supradesnivelamento do Segmento ST

Erkan Yildirim, Atila Iyisoy, Murat Celik, Uygar Cagdas Yuksel, Cengizhan Acikel, Baris Bugan, Yalcin Gokoglan
International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):32-41

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Background: To date, several validated patient-based risk scores have been established to predict mortality and morbidity in patients presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The Gensini score was originally developed to quantify the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD).
Objectives: We intend to assess the association between severity of CAD assessed by Gensini score and in-hospital mortality in patients with STEMI undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (P-PCI).
Methods: A total of 539 patients presenting with acute STEMI, who underwent P-PCI within the first 12 hours from the onset of symptoms, were included. The severity of CAD was expressed as the sum of the Gensini scores for each lesion. Patients’ demographic variables, medical histories and clinical features, as well as in hospital major adverse events were obtained from the medical reports.
Results: Of these 539 patients, 416 (77.2%) were male and mean age was 59.14 ± 12.68 years. In-hospital mortality rate was 5.4% (29 patients; 16 men). Mortality rate was 10.5% in female patients and 3.8% in males (P = 0.004). Mean Gensini scores were significantly different in the comparison between patients who survived (54.54 ± 26.34) and those who died (80.17 ± 26.51) (P = 0.001). The multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression analysis model revealed that the Gensini score (P = 0.037), female gender (P = 0.039), serum urea levels (P = 0.041), uric acid levels (P = 0.008) and LVEF (P = 0.001) were independently associated with in-hospital mortality in patients with STEMI undergoing P-PCI.
Conclusion: The Gensini score is independently associated with in-hospital mortality in STEMI patients treated with P-PCI. Therefore, it might play an important role in risk stratification of STEMI patients. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2017;30(1):32-41)

Keywords: Myocardial Infarction; Hospital Mortality; Data Interpretation, Statistical; Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.


Prevalence of Hypertension in Children from Public Schools
Prevalência de Hipertensão em Crianças de Escolas Públicas

Camila Brandão de Souza, Cláudia de Souza Dourado, José Geraldo Mill, Luciane Bresciane Salaroli, Maria del Carmen Bisi Molina
International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):42-51

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Background: There is a discrepancy between protocols used for the diagnosis of childhood hypertension, and the most recommended one is the measurement of blood pressure in at least three different moments.
Objective: To identify the prevalence of hypertension in children, and to associate it with the nutritional status variable.
Methods: This is a longitudinal study, which included all children aged 7 to 10 years enrolled in public schools and had the authorization of their parents/guardians, totaling 722 children. In the first evaluation, the child's family answered a questionnaire, and the child was submitted to anthropometric and hemodynamic evaluation. Blood pressure was measured three times at three different times. Children who had high blood pressure at the first moment were reassessed at a second time; those who persisted with high blood pressure were re-evaluated at a third moment.
Results: The prevalence of high blood pressure at the first moment was 8.1%, being 3.2% in the second and 2.1% in the third. The nutritional status was significantly associated with the increase in systolic and diastolic blood pressures, being higher in overweight and obese children. The highest prevalence of high blood pressure was found in children classified as obese, at all moments.
Conclusion: By performing blood pressure measurements of children at different moments, it was possible to reduce false-positive cases for arterial hypertension. The nutritional status was directly associated with the increase in blood pressure values. Performing the measurements in routine consultations becomes essential for diagnosis and early intervention. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2017;30(1):42-51)

Keywords: Child; Hypertension / epidemiology; Prevalence; Overweight; Obesity, Nutritional Status.


Hierarchical Analysis of Hypertension with the Polymorphic Variant of the ACE Gene and Other Risk Factors in the Elderly
Análise Hierarquizada da Hipertensão Arterial Sistêmica com a Variante Polimórfica do Gene da ECA e Outros Fatores de Risco em Idosos

Breno Barreto Ribeiro, Pedro Eleutério dos Santos Neto, Jairo Evangelista Nascimento, João Marcus Oliveira Andrade, Alanna Fernandes Paraíso,
Sérgio Henrique Sousa Santos, Marise Fagundes Silveira, Andréa Maria Eleutério de Barros Lima Martins

International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):52-60

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Background: Hypertension is a clinical condition of multifactorial etiology that imposes serious harm to the health of elderly individuals. Despite the fact that cardiovascular disorders influence the development of hypertension in this age group, several other genetic and environmental factors have been described in the literature, including the polymorphic variant of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene and the distribution of body fat.
Objective: To assess the prevalence of hypertension among elderly individuals and its possible correlation with the I/D polymorphic variant of the ACE gene and other associated risk factors.
Methods: Population-based study using a hierarchical model and including 387 elderly individuals residing in the urban area of Ibiaí (Minas Gerais, Brazil).
Results: On statistical analysis, the polymorphic variant of the ACE gene was not associated with hypertension (p = 0.316). On the other hand, there was a significant association between hypertension and the variables female sex, absence of a partner, consumption of more than one portion of salt per day, and changes in body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio.
Conclusion: Although the polymorphic variant of the ACE gene showed no influence on the prevalence of hypertension in elderly individuals, some variables such as individual, socioeconomic, metabolic, and behavioral habits were associated with this condition. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2017;30(1):52-60)

Keywords: Hypertension; Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A; Polymorphism, Genetic; Aged; Risk Factors; Prevalence.


Who Are the Super-Responders to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy?
Quem São os Super-Respondedores à Terapia de Ressincronização Cardíaca?

Eduardo Arrais Rocha, Francisca Tatiana Moreira Pereira, Ana Rosa Pinto Quidute, José Sebastião Abreu, José Wellington Oliveira Lima,
Carlos Roberto M. Rodrigues Sobrinho, Maurício Ibrahim Scanavacca

International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):61-69

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Background: Patients submitted to cardiac resynchronization may develop response patterns that are higher than expected, with normalization of clinical and echocardiographic parameters.
Objective: To analyze the clinical and echocardiographic characteristics of this population of super-responders, comparing them with the other patients submitted to cardiac resynchronization therapy.
Methods: A prospective, observational cohort study involving 146 patients consecutively submitted to cardiac resynchronization implants. Fisher's exact test and Mann-Whitney test were performed to compare the variables. Patients with ejection fraction > 50% and functional class I/II (New York Heart Association) were considered super-responders after 6 months of cardiac resynchronization therapy.
Results: Mean age was 64.8 ± 11.1 years, with 69.8% of males, with a median ejection fraction of 29%, 71.5% with left bundle-branch block, 12% with right bundle-branch block associated with hemiblocks; 16.3% wearing a definitive cardiac pacemaker, 29.3% with ischemic cardiomyopathy, 59.4% with dilated cardiomyopathy, and 11.2% with Chagasic cardiomyopathy. Twenty-four (16.4%) super-responders were observed, and 13 (8.9%) showed normalization of the ejection fraction, left ventricular diastolic diameters and functional class. When compared to the non-super-responder patients, in relation to the pre-implantation characteristics, the super-responders were more often females (58.3% vs. 22.8%, p = 0.002), had higher body mass index (26.8 vs. 25.5, p = 0.013), higher baseline ejection fraction (31.0 vs. 26.9, p = 0.0003), and lower left ventricular diastolic diameters (65.9 mm vs. 72.6 mm, p = 0.0032). Ten patients (41.6% of super-responders) with right bundle-branch block and hemiblock progressed to super-responders, although there was only one patient with Chagas' disease among them, and only at the first assessment.
Conclusions: Super-responders had less advanced heart disease at baseline and no differences regarding the type of conduction disorder at baseline. Patients with right bundle-branch block and hemiblock, but without Chagasic heart disease may also progress as super-responders. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2017;30(1):61-69)

Keywords: Heart Failure; Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy; Echocardiography; Defibrillators, Implantable.



Cardiotoxicity of Doxorubicin Treatment and Physical Activity: A Systematic Review
Cardiotoxicidade Decorrente do Tratamento com Doxorrubicina e Exercício Físico: Revisão Sistemática

Tauan Nunes Maia, Gustavo Bento Ribeiro de Araujo, José Antônio Caldas Teixeira, Edmundo de Drummond Alves Junior, Kátia Pedreira Dias
International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):70-80

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The present study investigated whether the practice of exercise has a protective effect against cardiac toxicity induced by doxorubicin (DOX). A systematic review of randomized clinical trials evaluating the role of exercise in the control or prevention of DOX-induced cardiotoxicity was performed in MEDLINE and LILACS databases. Studies that did not address the main subject of this review, did not mention physical exercise or DOX, studies that evaluated other types of anthracycline-induced toxicities only (muscle, hepatic and renal toxicity) or other effects of exercise on DOX toxicity (fatigue) were excluded. With respect to the variables related to aerobic exercise prescription, there was no direct relationship between the frequency of exercise and the results of the studies. Also, intensity of exercise was not decisive for preservation of cardiac function, although a more intense exercise was associated with improvements in the antioxidant system, which was not observed in studies on lower intensity exercises. No significant differences in exercise effects were observed when it was performed before, during or after the treatment. Therefore, aerobic exercise may exert a protective effect of cardiac functions when performed before, during or after treatment with DOX. However, the mechanisms of this effect are still unknown.

Keywords: Exercise; Physical Exertion; Anthracyclines; Doxorubicin; Cardiotoxicity; Review.


Understanding Hospitalization in Patients with Heart Failure
Entendendo a Hospitalização em Pacientes com Insuficiência Cardíaca

Evandro Tinoco Mesquita, Antonio José Lagoeiro Jorge, Luciana Morais Rabelo, Celso Vale Souza Jr.
International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):81-90

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Heart failure is one of the most important and challenging public health problems of the 21st century and is associated with hard outcomes, such as death and hospitalization. New treatments for heart failure, despite the decrease in mortality, have not contributed to the decrease in hospitalization rates. Patients admitted with heart failure have a high event rate (> 50%) with a mortality rate between 10 and 15% and a rehospitalization rate within 6 months after discharge of 30 to 40%. Three major causes seem to directly affect the rehospitalization of patients with heart failure: comorbidities, congestion and target-organ lesion. The transition from inpatient to outpatient is a period of vulnerability, due to the progressive nature complexity of heart failure, with an impact on prognosis and which can extend for up to 6 months after hospital discharge. The physician has an important role in the actions that can minimize the risk of hospitalization for heart failure and the multidisciplinary approach, associated with the implementation of good practices supported by scientific evidence, can reduce the risk of hospitalization. The use of routines that have been proven to reduce hospitalization should be used in Brazilian hospitals. The objective of this review was to discuss the main causes of hospitalization, their impact on heart failure evolution and strategies that can be used to reduce it.

Keywords: Heart Failure / mortality; Hospitalization / trends; Comorbidity; Prognosis; Medication Adherence.



Epipericardial Fat Necrosis. An Important Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain
Necrose da Gordura Epipericárdica. Um Importante Diagnóstico Diferencial na Dor Torácica

Núbia Bernardes Carvalho, Natália de Paula Lopes e Silva, Pedro Paulo Nunes Pereira, André Volani Morganti, Sinval Lins Silva,
André Silva Rodrigues

International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):91-94

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Epipericardial fat necrosis (EPFN) is a rare, benign, and self-limiting condition, first described in 1957 by Jackson et al.1 Currently, there are only 33 cases described in the literature.1-9
The pathophysiology of the disease remains uncertain. Likely predisposing factors include torsion of the vascular pedicle of adipose tissue, structural alterations that make the tissue more vulnerable and obesity, which, like the Valsalva maneuver, can lead to increased capillary pressure, causing hemorrhage into the adipose tissue. There are also reports of association with chest trauma or infections.9
It presents as an acute pleuritic pain, being an important differential diagnosis of chest pain in healthy patients who maintain stable vital data and unaltered laboratory tests.
EPFN is generally diagnosed by Computed Tomography (CT) and, in some cases, paracardiac opacification is seen on chest radiography.3

Keywords: Fat Necrosis / physiopathology; Pericardium; Obesity; Chest Pain; Dyspnea.


Rare Case of Hypertensive Crisis Secondary to Diencephalic Epilepsy
Raro Caso de Crise Hipertensiva Secundária à Epilepsia Diencefálica

Renato Niemeyer de Freitas Ribeiro; Wolney de Andrade Martins; Bruno Niemeyer de Freitas Ribeiro
International Journal of Cardiovascular Sciences. 2017;30(1):95-97

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Hypertensive crisis (HC) is a clinical situation characterized by the quick, inappropriate, intense and symptomatic elevation of blood pressure, with or without risk of target-organ deterioration.1 HC has shown a decrease in incidence, most likely due to the advancement of outpatient antihypertensive therapy,2 but it still represents a challenge in emergency clinical practice. In over 80% of cases, patients already have a previous diagnosis of arterial hypertension (AH).3 However, undiagnosed AH or secondary causes may be the etiology of HC.

Keywords: Hypertension / complications; Hypertensive Encephalopathy / complications; Epilepsy; Hypothalamic Diseases.


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