Nuno Pardal Oliveira

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OBJECTIVE To characterize the prevalence and clinical correlates of anti-troponin I antibodies in renal transplant patients. METHODS A group of 48 consecutive renal transplant patients under immunosuppressive therapy were studied. Anti-troponin I antibodies were measured and clinical data were retrieved. RESULTS An anti-troponin I antibody titer <1:40(More)
BACKGROUND Metastatic tumors of the heart are 20 to 40 times more common than primary tumors. Metastases originate mainly in carcinomas and melanomas, the latter having the greatest propensity for cardiac involvement. On rare occasions this type of tumor may first manifest itself as a cardiac metastasis. METHODS The authors present clinical, laboratory(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Arterial hypertension is frequently associated with sleep apnea, excessive weight, and with changes in the echocardiographic characteristics of the left cardiac chambers. The present investigation was conducted in order to search for a possible relation between left cardiac structure and sleep apnea magnitude in patients with arterial(More)
This study compared the incidence of CMV infection/disease in de novo kidney transplant recipients receiving everolimus or mycophenolate and no CMV pharmacological prophylaxis. We randomized 288 patients to receive a single 3 mg/kg dose of antithymocyte globulin, tacrolimus, everolimus, and prednisone (r-ATG/EVR, n = 85); basiliximab, tacrolimus,(More)
Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) following acute myocardial infarction (AMI), by decreasing renal blood flow, may interfere with renal L-DOPA availability and, consequently, dopamine synthesis. Dopamine of renal origin exerts local natriuretic effects. We studied 17 post-AMI patients with asymptomatic LVSD (ejection fraction < 40%) and 14(More)
We provide the first information on the morphology of the immature stages (egg, larva, and pupa), oviposition and larval behavior, and host plant, for the Brazilian crescent butterfly Ortilia liriope (Cramer), based on material from Santarém Municipality, Pará State, Northern Brazil. Females of O. liriope lay eggs in clusters. After hatching, larvae eat the(More)
Simultaneous en bloc replacement of the ascending aorta and aortic valve by a composite valve graft, as first described by Bentall and De Bono in 1968 and with later modifications, has become the standard surgical technique in the treatment of aneurysms of the aortic root associated with severe aortic valve dysfunction. Despite the good surgical results(More)
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