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Assessment of the common carotid artery intima-media thickness in patients with spinal cord injury

Grant number: 14/06504-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2015
Effective date (End): December 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine
Principal Investigator:José Roberto Matos Souza
Grantee:Luiz Guilherme Thomaz Zacharias
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Médicas (FCM). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


Individuals with spinal Cord injury show a higher risk for cardiovascular events in comparison with able-bodied individuals, independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Previous study has been shown that intima-media carotida thickness is increased in individuals with spinal cord injury. Now this study aims distinguish which one (intima or media) is really increased. Commom carotid artery ultrasonography will be performed with the measurement of intima and media in three different points in these two groups (spinal cord injury individuals e able-bodied individuals).