Ovídio Costa

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Long-term heart rate variability (HRV) series can be described by time-variant autoregressive modelling. HRV recordings show dependence between distant observations that is not negligible, suggesting the existence of long-range correlations. In this work, selective adaptive segmentation combined with fractionally integrated autoregressive moving-average(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the influence of day-night cycle and sleep-awake period on the circadian pattern of heart rate variability (HRV). Twelve male oil refinery security shift workers, aged 39 +/- 7 years, were studied with 24-hour Holter monitor recordings during morning and night work periods. Hourly HRV parameters in the time and(More)
The objectives of the study were to characterize power spectrum pattern of the heart rate variability and assessment of the relative contributions of sympathetic and parasympathetic cardiac nervous system control in athletes. Thirty-three male athletes, swimming (1), canoeing (10), cycling (6), athletics (4), football (3), roller-skating (2) and volleyball(More)
Orthostatic intolerance is the development of disabling symptoms upon assuming an upright posture that are relieved partially by resuming the supine position. Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is an orthostatic intolerance syndrome characterized by palpitations because of excessive orthostatic sinus tachycardia, lightheadedness, tremor, and near-syncope.(More)
To clarify the role of the sympathetic nervous system in the development of cyclosporine A (CsA)-induced rise in blood pressure (BP), the effects of CsA on 24-hour ambulatory BP (ABP) were studied in patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) who underwent a liver transplantation. On the basis of autonomic function tests, patients with absent or(More)
BACKGROUND Orthostatic intolerance refers to the development upon assuming an upright posture of disabling symptoms, which are partly relieved by resuming the supine position. Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is an orthostatic intolerance syndrome characterized by palpitations due to excessive orthostatic sinus tachycardia, lightheadedness, tremor, and(More)
Disabling orthostatic hypotension, due to insufficiency of the autonomic nervous system, is a common complication of type I familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP). We investigated whether oral treatment with L-threo-3,4-dihydroxyphenylserine (L-threo-Dops), a noradrenaline precursor, might be of therapeutical benefit. In twenty untreated FAP patients,(More)
Benign tumors of the ampulla of Vater are rare. The villous adenoma, the most common benign tumor of this region, has a high tendency to malignant transformation. Postmortem studies showed an incidence of 0.04-0.12% adenomatous lesions of the papilla of Vater. The authors present a case of villous adenoma of the ampulla of Vater and make a review of the(More)