Luis García-Ortiz

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PURPOSE To assess, in the context of Primary Health Care (PHC), the effect of a psychological intervention in mental health among caregivers (CGs) of dependent relatives. DESIGN AND METHODS Randomized multicenter, controlled clinical trial. The 125 CGs included in the trial were receiving health care in PHC. INCLUSION CRITERIA Identifying oneself as(More)
Caregiving for the elderly has been linked to mental and physical problems in those providing the care. The aim of this study is to analyze the effects of leisure on caregiver's burden and mental health. Drawing on the stress and coping model, 134 caregiver/care-recipient dyads were assessed. In addition to caregivers' perception of their leisure time,(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyze the relationship between regular physical activity, as assessed by accelerometer and 7-day physical activity recall (PAR) with vascular structure and function based on carotid intima-media thickness, pulse wave velocity, central and peripheral augmentation index and the ambulatory arterial stiffness index in adults. METHODS This(More)
BACKGROUND Endoglin is involved in the regulation of endothelial function, but there are no studies concerning its relation with hypertension- and diabetes-associated pathologies. Thus, we studied the relationship between plasma levels of soluble endoglin and cardiovascular alterations associated with hypertension and diabetes. METHODS We analyzed 288(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyze the relationship of 24-h blood pressure variability (BPV) with vascular structure and function using the SD and the coefficient of variation (CV). PATIENTS AND METHODS A cross-sectional study was carried out in 344 hypertensive patients (aged 54.1±11.7 years, 59.6% men). BPV was estimated with the SD and CV over 24-h, both awake and(More)
BACKGROUND The present study was designed to evaluate which arterial stiffness parameter - AASI or the home arterial stiffness index (HASI) - correlates best with vascular, cardiac and renal damage in hypertensive individuals. METHODS A cross-sectional study was carried out involving 258 hypertensive patients. AASI and HASI were defined as the(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoprotegerin (OPG), a secreted member of the tumour necrosis factor receptor superfamily of cytokines, has been associated with endothelial dysfunction. We studied in type 2 diabetic and/or hypertensive patients the relationship between serum OPG and vascular alterations associated with these pathologies. MATERIALS AND METHODS We analysed(More)
BACKGROUND Central blood pressure (cBP) predicts cardiovascular events. Regarding subclinical organ damage, the relationship between urinary albumin excretion (UAE) and cBP is rather unknown. OBJECTIVE We aimed to determine whether cBP is related to UAE, and if this relationship is stronger than that observed with peripheral blood pressure (pBP). (More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the reliability and validity of a semiautomated tool for assessing retinal vessel caliber and to describe the relationship of measures taken to cardiovascular risk and target organ damage. METHODS A total of 210 patients aged 34-75 years were selected with retinography. Retinal photographs were digitized, and superior and inferior(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyse the relationship between various parameters derived from ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) and vascular, cardiac and renal target organ damage. METHODS A cross-sectional, descriptive study. It included 353 patients with short-term or recently diagnosed hypertension. PRIMARY MEASUREMENTS ABPM, carotid intima-media(More)