Reginaldo Aparecido Valácio

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE It has been suggested that Chagas disease (CD) and particularly CD cardiomyopathy are independent risk factors for cerebrovascular events. Strong evidence is scarce, cardioembolic and inflammatory mechanisms have been proposed, and most studies lack representative and well-matched controls. We sought to investigate CD, defined by(More)
BACKGROUND despite the overwhelming evidence of its effectiveness, oral anticoagulation continues to be underused in the elderly, presumably due to physicians' misconceptions when estimating bleeding risk and ability to comply with treatment. OBJECTIVE to investigate the quality of anticoagulation control among deprived elderly and younger patients. (More)
The reported prevalence of absent ankle jerks in elderly people varies greatly. This variation may be due to differences in the method of testing. Eight physicians examined 12 patients for the presence of ankle jerks using two techniques: plantar strike and tendon strike. Both intra-observer agreement (kappa 0.47 vs 0.20; p = 0.01) and inter-observer(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the causes of delay in hospital discharge of patients admitted to internal medicine wards. METHODS We reviewed 395 medical records of consecutive patients admitted to internal medicine wards of two public teaching hospitals: Hospital das Clínicas of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Hospital Odilon Behrens. The(More)
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