Renata Mendes

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The objective of this study was to (a) evaluate the impact of the leg press, at variable percentages of 1 repetition maximum (1RM), on heart rate variability (HRV) and blood lactate and (b) determine the relationship between HRV with blood lactate in a healthy elderly cohort. Ten healthy men (64 +/- 4 years) participated in a progressive leg-press protocol(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of present study was to evaluate the acute effects of bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) on heart rate variability (HRV) of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients (COPD). METHODS Nineteen males with COPD (69+/-8 years and with forced expiratory volume in 1s <50% of predicted) and eight healthy sedentary(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effects of positive end expiratory pressure and physiotherapy intervention during Phase I of cardiac rehabilitation on the behavior of pulmonary function and inspiratory muscle strength in postoperative cardiac surgery. METHODS A prospective randomized study, in which 24 patients were divided in 2 groups: a group that performed(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) might improve peripheral muscle function and exercise capacity in severely disabled patients. This study evaluated the physiological impact of NIV on isokinetic concentric strength and endurance of lower limb muscles in patients with severe COPD. METHODS This clinical trial tested COPD patients (n =(More)
Heart failure (HF) is an important public health issue in South America. Economic impacts are substantial. Chagas heart disease is a prevalent HF etiology; it is caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is an integral component of HF care. The benefits of CR in HF patients need to be assessed. The effectiveness and safety of CR(More)
INTRODUCTION Noninvasive positive pressure has been used to treat several diseases. However, the physiological response of the cardiac autonomic system during bilevel positive airway pressure (Bilevel) remains unclear. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the heart rate variability (HRV) during Bilevel in young healthy subjects. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the test-retest reliability, concurrent validity and agreement with peak oxygen uptake (VO2 ) obtained during cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX) on a treadmill for the incremental shuttle walking test (ISWT) in obese women. METHODS Prospective study with a convenient sample of 46 community-dwelling obese(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown positive effects from noninvasive ventilation (NIV) or supplemental oxygen on exercise capacity in patients with COPD. However, the best adjunct for promoting physiologic adaptations to physical training in patients with severe COPD remains to be investigated. METHODS Twenty-eight patients (mean +/- SD age 68 +/- 7(More)
PURPOSE To assess whether the same exercise-based inpatient program applied to patients with normal and reduced left ventricular function (LVF) evokes a similar cardiac autonomic response after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). METHOD Forty-four patients post-CABG, subgrouped according to normal LVF [LVFN: n = 23; left ventricular ejection fraction(More)
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Brazil. Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is a program composed of structured exercise training, comprehensive education and counseling to positively impact functional, psychological, social, and quality of life aspects in these patients. However, the delivery of formal CR(More)