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Research raises profile of cardiovascular disease in adolescents miners

Project developed in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine of also assesses risk of diabetes and obesity

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Starting next Monday, May 6, the team of Erica (Study of Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescents) initiates a series of visits to 56 public and private schools in 11 municipalities of Minas Gerais. The work, which runs through September, aims to establish the profile of adolescents in relation to risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

According to Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine of, Cristiane de Freitas, coordinator of the project in Minas Gerais, Erica also want to know the proportion of adolescents with diabetes mellitus and obesity. The multidisciplinary team is composed of physicians, dietitians, nurses, physical educators, dentists and physiotherapists.

The study (Erica) is coordinated by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and funded by the Ministry of Health and will reach nearly 75,000 students, 12-17 years, over a thousand schools, distributed among 124 cities participating in the Brazil, including all capitals.

The schools were selected randomly from the method developed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and will be played in Brazil, which is to ensure a representative sample, explains Maria Cristina Kuschnir, one of the coordinators of the general Project.

This year's Erica will be developed in the South, Southeast and Midwest, and in 2014, in the northeastern and north receive teams of Erica in 2014.

Teen hearts

Sleep deprivation, early experimentation of alcohol and tobacco, drug use, obesity and physical inactivity are considered high risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease that can have serious consequences such as strokes and heart attacks. The situation can be even more severe when these factors are interrelated.

The pediatrician specializing in adolescent health Cristiane Freitas points out that obesity, increasingly common, is the greatest villain of cardiovascular risks. The consumption of processed foods and reduced physical activity and sleep are primarily responsible, alert.

She also notes that, in addition to social and environmental factors, genetics may be indicative of cardiovascular risk. In a family where people are obese or have hypertension, attention has to be folded, alert. The Erica is not only a prevalence study. We also want young people closer to primary health care and vice versa, without criticism, says the teacher.

For her, the project has an important role in promoting health with adolescents. In addition to the data collected, the realization of Erica in schools will also cause very positive side effects, such as expanding the dialogue between schools, parents and students about health and draw attention to the relationship with their adolescent habits, wait.

Source: UFMG
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