Alessandra Nunes Faria

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OBJECTIVE To compare methods for the assessment of visceral fat with computed tomography (CT) and establish cutoffs to define visceral obesity based on such alternative methods. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES One hundred women (50.4 +/- 7.7 years; BMI 39.2 +/- 5.4 kg/m2 underwent anthropometric evaluation, bioelectrical impedance, DXA, abdominal(More)
Visceral fat accumulation is associated with increased cardiovascular risk. Clinical evaluation of visceral fat is limited because of the lack of reliable and low-cost methods. To assess the correlation between ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT) for the evaluation of visceral fat, 101 obese women, age 50.5+/-7.7 years with a body mass index of(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study is to assess the effects of sibutramine on body weight, body fat distribution, insulin resistance, plasma leptin, lipid profile and blood pressure profiles in hypertensive obese patients. METHODS Eighty-six central obese hypertensive patients (BMI = 39 +/- 5 kg/m(2), 84% of women, 48 +/- 8.5 years old) were placed on(More)
Changes of contractility resulting from changes in stimulation pattern (post-extrasystolic potentiation - PESP) were investigated in right ventricular papillary muscles from female albino rats (EPM strain, 160-200 g). The preparations were superfused with bicarbonate buffered solution at 24 +/- 0.5 degrees C, and stimulated at 0.5 Hz. Maintained paired(More)
OBJECTIVE Visceral obesity is shown to be a predictor of morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the association of measurements of generalized adiposity and visceral fat area (VFA), with abnormalities of metabolic syndrome (MS). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Seventy-six women (47.9 +/- 9.2 years) with BMI of 38.7 +/- 5.4 kg/m(2) underwent anthropometric(More)
OBJECTIVE The relationship among body fat distribution, blood pressure, serum leptin levels, and insulin resistance was investigated in hypertensive obese women with central distribution of fat. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES We studied 74 hypertensive women (age, 49.8 +/- 7.5 years; body mass index, 39.1 +/- 5.5 kg/m(2); waist-to-hip ratio, 0.96 +/-(More)
INTRODUCTION Obese people are at higher cardiovascular risk than people with normal body weight. The objective of this study was to establish the relationship between obesity, body fat distribution and cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS Body mass index (BMI), waist-hip ratio (WHR) systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP), plasma cholesterol,(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effects of weight reduction with 10mg of sibutramine or placebo on blood pressure during 24 hours (ambulatory blood pressure monitoring), on left ventricular mass, and on antihypertensive therapy in 86 obese and hypertensive patients for 6 months. METHODS The patients underwent echocardiography, ambulatory blood pressure(More)
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