Francisco José Farias Borges dos Reis

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BACKGROUND Outbreaks of orally transmitted Trypanosoma cruzi continue to be reported in Brazil and are associated with a high mortality rate, mainly due to myocarditis. METHODS This study is a detailed report on the disease progression of acute Chagas disease in 13 patients who were infected during two micro-outbreaks in two northeastern Brazilian towns.(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Chagas disease (CD) is frequently associated with cardioembolic stroke in South America. Our objective was to identify the predictors of stroke in a region where CD is endemic. METHODS We screened 305 consecutive cardiopathy patients. Significant predictors of stroke in univariable analyses were included in a multivariable model. (More)
Cognitive symptoms are common in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and are usually attributed to low cerebral blood flow. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate global cognitive function (Mini Mental State Exam MMSE) in relation to both cardiac function (evaluated by echocardiogram) and cerebrovascular hemodynamics (evaluated by transcranial(More)
BACKGROUND Heart failure (HF) is an important public health problem, of which main clinical symptoms are dyspnea and fatigue. Noninvasive ventilatory support has been used as adjuvant therapy in cardiac rehabilitation in order to improve the functional capacity of patients. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the functional capacity of patients with HF submitted to(More)
Chagas disease (CD) remains a major cause of cardiomyopathy and stroke in developing countries. Brain involvement in CD has been attributed to left ventricular dysfunction, resulting in chronic brain ischemia due to hypoperfusion and/or embolic infarcts. However, cognitive impairment in CD may occur independently of cardiac disease. Therefore, we aimed to(More)
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