Antônio Fernando Brunetto

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OBJECTIVE To determine the validity and reproducibility of two subjective instruments to assess limitations in activities of daily living (ADLs) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Brazil: the Pulmonary Functional Status and Dyspnea Questionnaire - Modified version (PFSDQ-M) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) scale. (More)
BACKGROUND It remains unclear how closely the physical inactivity observed in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) relates to the severity of their airflow limitation. Furthermore, it is unknown whether spirometric variables such as maximal voluntary ventilation (MVV) and inspiratory capacity (IC) reflect the level of physical activity(More)
Cardiovascular autonomic responses to orthostatic challenges are affected by gender and cardiorespiratory fitness in adults. However, little is know about the effects of these factors in healthy adolescents. We studied 41 adolescents (20 boys and 21 girls) aged 12-17 years, divided into aerobic fitness tertiles based on the results of a maximal treadmill(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the accuracy of 2 motion sensors (a pedometer and a multisensor) in terms of step counting and estimation of energy expenditure (EE) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and in healthy elderly. DESIGN In this descriptive study, all participants wore both motion sensors while performing a treadmill walking(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate characteristics of physical activities in daily life in COPD patients in Brazil, correlating those characteristics with physiological variables. METHODS Physical activities in daily life were evaluated in 40 COPD patients (18 males; 66 + or - 8 years of age; FEV(1) = 46 + or - 16 % of predicted; body mass index = 27 + or - 6 kg/m(2))(More)
INTRODUCTION While there are several subjective English tools, such as the London Chest Activity of Daily Living scale (LCADL), aimed at assessing dyspnoea during activities of daily living (ADL) in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Di- sease (COPD), none of these questionnaires has ever been translated into Portuguese. The aim of this study was(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate pulmonary function and respiratory muscle strength in chronic renal failure patients, correlating these variables with hemodialysis-related weight fluctuation; to study the correlation between the duration hemodialysis and potential respiratory alterations. METHODS Seventeen patients (median age, 47 years; interquartile range, 41-52(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate lung function and functional capacity in patients with chronic kidney failure (CKF) undergoing dialysis and in patients after kidney transplant. METHODS Seventy-two participants were evaluated: 32 patients with CKF on dialysis (DG) for at least six months, ten patients who had kidney transplants (TG) at least six months earlier, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the validity and reproducibility of a Portuguese-language version of the Chronic Respiratory Questionnaire (CRQ) in patients with COPD. METHODS A Portuguese-language version of the CRQ (provided by McMaster University, the holder of the questionnaire copyright) was applied to 50 patients with COPD (70 +/- 8 years of age; 32 males;(More)
BACKGROUND In healthy elderly and adults, lower physical activity level in daily life has been associated with lower socio-economic level and non-Caucasian race. The objective of this study was to determine if this is also applicable in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by comparing physical activity levels in daily life in stable patients from(More)