Fernanda Ribeiro

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RATIONALE Lower limb muscle dysfunction contributes to exercise intolerance in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We hypothesized that signaling from lower limb muscle group III/IV sensory afferents to the central motor command could be involved in premature cycling exercise termination in COPD. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effects of spinal(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with lung cancer often experience a reduction in exercise tolerance, muscle weakness and decreased quality of life. Although the effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation programs is well recognized in other forms of cancers and in many pulmonary diseases, few researchers have studied its impact in patients with lung cancer, particularly(More)
RATIONALE Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by significant exercise intolerance, which is multifactorial and involves skeletal muscle alterations. There is growing evidence that microRNAs (miRs) are involved in PAH pathogenesis. OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that miR-126, an endothelial-specific, proangiogenic miR, is down-regulated in(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable lung disease characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. In a significant proportion of patients with COPD, reduced lung elastic recoil combined with expiratory flow limitation leads to lung hyperinflation during the course of the disease. Development of(More)
Quadriceps muscle weakness and increased fatigability are well described in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Whether these functional alterations also exist in distal leg muscles in patients with COPD is uncertain. Fifteen patients with COPD and 15 aged-matched healthy controls performed a 12-minute standardized treadmill exercise(More)
BACKGROUND Limb muscle dysfunction is documented in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but little is known regarding muscle oxygen (O2) supply and its possible effects on exercise tolerance in PAH. METHODS Ten patients with PAH and 10 matched controls underwent progressive maximal cardiopulmonary exercise test, voluntary and nonvolitional dominant(More)
Exercise training is one of the most powerful interventions to provide symptomatic relief in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The purpose of this minireview is to discuss how exercise training can improve limb muscle dysfunction in this disease. Various exercise training strategies will be outlined, along with their beneficial(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine and compare the test-retest reliability of quadriceps isokinetic endurance testing at two knee angular velocities in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS After one familiarization session, 14 patients with moderate to severe COPD (mean age 65±4 years; forced expiratory(More)
Built around exercise training, pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a multidisciplinary, evidence-based, comprehensive approach to working with the patient as a whole and not just the pulmonary component of the disease. Integrated into the individualized treatment, this intervention aims to reduce symptoms, optimize functional status, increase participation in(More)