Marcelo Augusto Vieira Souza

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Cumulative evidence suggests that moderate wine consumption exerts a cardioprotective effect. We investigated the occurrence of an antihypertensive effect of an alcohol-free hydroalcoholic grape skin extract (GSE) obtained from skins of a vinifera grape (Vitis labrusca) in experimental rodent hypertension models. The vasodilator effect of GSE (polyphenols(More)
Alpinia zerumbet (K. Schum), a medicinal plant originated from West Asia, is used in the northeast and southeast of Brazil as infusions or decoctions as a diuretic, antihypertensive, and antiulcerogenic. Experiments were undertaken to determine whether a hydroalcoholic extract obtained from leaves of Alpinia zerumbet (AZE) induces vasodilation in the(More)
An association of schistosomiasis and endomyocardial fibrosis or cardiomyopathy has been suggested. Clinical, stool, abdominal ultrasound, electrocardiogram, and Doppler echocardiogram examinations were performed on 226 patients from an area endemic for schistosomiasis. The diagnosis of schistosomiasis was made in 152 patients (69%) but clinical,(More)
The mechanisms involved in the cardioprotector effect of red wine have not yet been completely elucidated but probably an endothelium-dependent vasodilator action may play a significant role in this effect. Experiments were undertaken to determine whether a Brazilian red wine (BRW) induces vasodilation in the mesenteric vascular bed (MVB) and an(More)
OBJECTIVES This study examined the effect of açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) seed extract (ASE) on cardiovascular and renal alterations in adult offspring, whose mothers were fed a low-protein (LP) diet during pregnancy. METHODS Four groups of rats were fed: control diet (20% protein); ASE (200 mg/kg per day); and LP (6% protein); LP + ASE (6% protein +(More)
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