Eva Balcells

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BACKGROUND The mechanisms underlying the benefits of regular physical activity in the evolution of COPD have not been established. Our objective was to assess the relationship between regular physical activity and the clinical and functional characteristics of COPD. METHODS Three hundred forty-one patients were hospitalized for the first time because of a(More)
The present study aims to describe the pattern of physical activity and the frequency, duration and intensity of physical activity bouts in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to assess how these patterns differ according to COPD severity, and to explore whether these patients meet the general guidelines for physical activity for(More)
Exercise capacity declines with time and is an important determinant of health status and prognosis in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We hypothesised that hospital admissions are associated with exercise capacity decline in these patients. Clinical and functional variables were collected for 342 clinically stable COPD patients.(More)
RATIONALE Little is known about the longitudinal changes associated with using the 2013 update of the multidimensional GOLD strategy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). OBJECTIVE To determine the COPD patient distribution of the new GOLD proposal and evaluate how this classification changes over one year compared with the previous GOLD(More)
Dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, could modulate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) persistent inflammation. We aimed to assess the relationship between dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and serum inflammatory markers in COPD. A total of 250 clinically stable COPD patients were included.(More)
BACKGROUND This study aims to (i) evaluate the association between anxiety and depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life (HRQoL); and (ii) identify the effect modifiers of this relationship in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS A total of 337 clinically stable COPD patients answered the St. George's(More)
A 49-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital for hypercapnia. Pulmonary function testing showed small lung volumes without parenchymal lung disease. Muscle enzyme levels were normal and the EMG was nonspecific. Finally, muscle biopsy revealed abundant nemaline bodies characteristic of nemaline myopathy. Nasal intermittent pressure ventilation was(More)
BACKGROUND This study describes the characteristics of a large sample of patients hospitalised for the first time for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation. METHODS All subjects first admitted for a COPD exacerbation to nine teaching Spanish hospitals during January 2004-March 2006, were eligible. COPD diagnosis was confirmed by(More)
Recent studies have shown that a high dietary intake of cured meat increases the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) development. However, its potential effects on COPD evolution have not been tested. We aimed to assess the association between dietary intake of cured meat and risk of COPD readmission in COPD patients. 274 COPD patients were(More)
Severe alpha1-anti-trypsin (AAT) deficiency implies a high risk of pulmonary emphysema development. The possible relationship between partial deficiencies of this enzyme and bronchial asthma remains controversial. The objective of this study was to ascertain the distribution of AAT phenotypes in a non-selected asthmatic patient population. Across-sectional(More)