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Evaluation of heart rate response, blood pressure and heart rate variability during pelvic floor muscles contraction

Grant number: 11/20046-0
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: February 01, 2012 - January 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Patricia Driusso
Grantee:Patricia Driusso
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Aparecida Maria Catai ; Audrey Borghi e Silva ; Michel Silva Reis


The pelvic floor muscles (PFM) is a muscular group situated in base of pelvic-abdominal cavity. PFM are composed of several structures that work as a single functional unit and performing various functions. However, some women can have pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, as the urinary and anal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, hypoesthesia, anorgasmia, vaginismus and dyspareunia. The treatment of this dysfunctions are realized with tonic-isometric and phasic contractions, but the literature doesn't know whether this contractions interfere in heart rate variability (HRV), heart rate response and blood pressure (BP), justifying the necessity this study. Objective: Evaluate the heart rate response and BP during the evaluation of PFM in young and older womenMethodology: the study will be realized in Federal University of São Carlos. Will be included 90 healthy women, of 18-80 years old, sexually active and with normal body mass index. The volunteers will be submitted: anamnesis, International Physical Activity Questionaire long version (IPAC-LV), digital palpation, electromyography of surface, Six minute walk test, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and perineometry of PFM simultaneously with evaluation of heart rate response and BP. The data will be analyzed in Statistica Program and the normality of data will be tested with Shapiro-wilk Test. The correlation will be evaluated with spearman correlation test. The level of significance will be of 5% (p d 0.05). (AU)

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CORREA, MIKAELA DA SILVA; CATAI, APARECIDA MARIA; MILAN-MATTOS, JULIANA CRISTINA; PORTA, ALBERTO; DRIUSSO, PATRICIA. Cardiovascular autonomic modulation and baroreflex control in the second trimester of pregnancy: A cross sectional study. PLoS One, v. 14, n. 5, . (11/20046-0)
CORREA, MIKAELA DA SILVA; CATAI, APARECIDA M.; MILAN-MATTOS, JULIANA C.; PORTA, ALBERTO; DRIUSSO, PATRICIA. Is pelvic floor muscle training able to alter the response of cardiovascular autonomic modulation and provide a possible cardiovascular benefit to pregnant women?. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS, v. 39, n. 8, . (11/20046-0, 13/07953-3)

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