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Revista de Saúde Pública

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MILL, Jose Geraldo et al. Medical assessments and measurements in ELSA-Brasil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2013, vol.47, suppl.2, pp.54-62. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-8910.2013047003851.

The article describes assessments and measurements performed in the Brazilian Longitudinal Study for Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil). Some assessments including anthropometric assessment, casual blood pressure measurement, and ankle-brachial index have an established clinical application while others including pulse wave velocity, heart rate variability, and carotid intima-media thickness have no established application and do not have reference values for healthy Brazilian population but may be important predictors of cardiovascular outcomes. Blood pressure measurement following postural change maneuver was included in the ELSA-Brasil because it has not been much tested in epidemiological studies. Innovative approaches were developed for assessing the ankle-brachial index using an automatic device instead of the mercury column to measure blood pressure and for assessing the anterior-posterior diameter of the right lobe of the liver by ultrasound for quantitative assessment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. All ELSA-Brasil subjects were younger (35 years or more) than those included in other cohorts studying subclinical atherosclerosis. The inclusion of younger individuals and a variety of assessments make the ELSA-Brasil a relevant epidemiology study nationwide and worldwide.

Palavras-chave : Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures; Diagnostic Techniques, Cardiovascular, utilization; Diagnostic Techniques, Endocrine, utilization; Multicenter Studies as Topic, methods; Cohort Studies.

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