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OBJECTIVE To assess longitudinally the association of serum uric acid and its change due to diuretic treatment with cardiovascular events in hypertensive patients. DESIGN Cohort study in a randomized trial. SETTING Cohort of hypertensive patients. PARTICIPANTS A total of 4327 men and women, aged > or = 60 years, with isolated systolic hypertension,(More)
This study examines and compares the effect of aerobic and resistance exercise on emotional and physical function among older persons with initially high or low depressive symptomatology. Data are from the Fitness, Arthritis and Seniors Trial, a trial among 439 persons 60 years or older with knee osteoarthritis randomized to health education (control),(More)
The treatment of hypertension with high-dose thiazide diuretics results in potassium depletion and a limited benefit for preventing coronary events. The clinical relevance of hypokalemia associated with low-dose diuretics has not been assessed. To determine whether hypokalemia that occurs with low-dose diuretics is associated with a reduced benefit on(More)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors prevent decline in physical function in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). We aimed to see whether ACE inhibitors also prevent reduction in physical performance and in muscle strength in older women who do not have CHF. METHODS We assessed 3-year rates of decline in both knee extensor(More)
BACKGROUND Subtle, but clinically detectable, neurological abnormalities (SNAs) are associated with impaired physical performance in elderly persons without overt neurological diseases. We investigated whether SNAs were prospectively associated with cognitive and functional status, death, and cerebrovascular events (CVEs) in older community-dwelling(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess whether kyphosis is associated with ventilatory dysfunction in older community dwellers. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING The unselected population of Dicomano, Italy aged>or=65 years. PARTICIPANTS A total of 323 nonheart failure participants underwent clinical evaluation for the presence of kyphosis and spirometry. The(More)
BACKGROUND Although antidepressant drugs (ATD) are frequently prescribed to patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), their effect on cognitive status has been only rarely assessed. METHODS The impact of depressive symptoms and ATD on cognitive status was retrospectively assessed in 72 older AD outpatients with mild-to-moderate cognitive impairment, treated(More)
OBJECTIVE Physiotherapy is usually provided only in the first few months after stroke, while its effectiveness and appropriateness in the chronic phase are uncertain. The authors conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials (RCT) to evaluate the efficacy of physiotherapy interventions on motor and functional outcomes late(More)
BACKGROUND Observational studies suggest that open visiting policies are preferred by most patients and visitors in intensive care units (ICUs), but no randomized trial has compared the safety and health outcomes of unrestrictive (UVP) and restrictive (RVP) visiting policies. The aim of this pilot, randomized trial was to compare the complications(More)
OBJECTIVES The present study investigated whether central blood pressure (BP) predicts cardiovascular (CV) events better than brachial BP in a cohort of normotensive and untreated hypertensive elderly individuals. BACKGROUND Limited and conflicting data have been reported on the prognostic relevance of central BP compared with brachial BP. METHODS(More)