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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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ALVES, Rosalía Matera de Angelis et al. Chagas' disease and ageing: the coexistence of other chronic diseases with Chagas' disease in elderly patients. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2009, vol.42, n.6, pp.622-628. ISSN 0037-8682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822009000600002.

This study aimed to identify the main comorbidities in elderly chagasic patients treated in a reference service and identify possible associations between the clinical form of Chagas' disease and chronic diseases. Ninety patients aged 60 years-old or over were interviewed and their clinical diagnoses recorded. The study population profile was: women (55.6%); median age (67 years); married (51.1%); retired (73.3%); up to four years' education (64.4%); and earning less than two minimum wages (67.8%). The predominant forms of Chagas' disease were the cardiac (46.7%) and mixed forms (30%). There was a greater proportion of mild cardiac dysfunction (84.1%), frequently in association with megaesophagus. The mean number of concurrent diseases was 2.856 ± 1.845, and 33% of the patients had four or more comorbidities. The most frequent were systemic arterial hypertension (56.7%), osteoporosis (23.3%), osteoarthritis (21.2%) and dyslipidemia (20%). Positive correlations were verified between sex and comorbidities and between age group and comorbidities.

Palavras-chave : Chagas' disease; Ageing; Elderly; Comorbidities.

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