Do pets reduce the likelihood of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy?

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dc.contributor.author Terra, Vera Cristina
dc.contributor.author Sakamoto, Américo Ceiki [UNIFESP]
dc.contributor.author Machado, Helio Rubens
dc.contributor.author Martins, Luciana Duarte
dc.contributor.author Cavalheiro, Esper Abrão [UNIFESP]
dc.contributor.author Arida, Ricardo Mario [UNIFESP]
dc.contributor.author Stoellberger, Claudia
dc.contributor.author Finsterer, Josef
dc.contributor.author Scorza, Fulvio Alexandre [UNIFESP]
dc.date.accessioned 2016-01-24T14:27:44Z
dc.date.available 2016-01-24T14:27:44Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-01
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seizure.2012.06.012
dc.identifier.citation Seizure-european Journal of Epilepsy. London: W B Saunders Co Ltd, v. 21, n. 8, p. 649-651, 2012.
dc.identifier.issn 1059-1311
dc.identifier.uri http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/35303
dc.description.abstract Purpose: To assess the relationship between the presence of pets in homes of epilepsy patients and the occurrence of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).Methods: Parents or relatives of SUDEP patients collected over a ten-year period (2000-2009) in a large epilepsy unit were asked if the patient lived together with any domestic pet at the time of death or not. Patients who did not experience SUDEP served as controls.Results and conclusions: Eleven out of the 1092 included patients (1%) experienced SUDEP, all with refractory symptomatic epilepsy, but none of them had pets in their homes at the time of death. in contrast, the frequency of pet-ownership in the control group (n = 1081) was 61%. According to previous studies there are some indications that human health is directly related to companionship with animals in a way that domestic animals prevent illness and facilitate recovery of patients. Companion animals can buffer reactivity against acute stress, diminish stress perception and improve physical health. These factors may reduce cardiac arrhythmias and seizure frequency, factors related to SUDEP. Companion animals may have a positive effect on well-being, thus irnproving epilepsy outcome. (c) 2012 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. en
dc.description.sponsorship Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
dc.description.sponsorship Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
dc.description.sponsorship INCT/MCT
dc.format.extent 649-651
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher W B Saunders Co Ltd
dc.relation.ispartof Seizure-european Journal of Epilepsy
dc.rights Acesso aberto
dc.subject Epilepsy en
dc.subject Sudden death en
dc.subject Companion animals en
dc.subject Pet ownership en
dc.title Do pets reduce the likelihood of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy? en
dc.type Artigo
dc.contributor.institution Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
dc.contributor.institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
dc.contributor.institution Krankenanstalt Rudolfstiftung Wien
dc.description.affiliation Univ São Paulo, Fac Med Ribeirao Preto, Ctr Cirurgia Epilepsia CIREP, Dept Neurociencias & Ciencias Comportamento, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.description.affiliation Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Escola Paulista Med, Disciplina Neurol Expt, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.description.affiliation Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Escola Paulista Med, Dept Fisiol, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.description.affiliation Krankenanstalt Rudolfstiftung Wien, Vienna, Austria
dc.description.affiliationUnifesp Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Escola Paulista Med, Disciplina Neurol Expt, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.description.affiliationUnifesp Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Escola Paulista Med, Dept Fisiol, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.identifier.file WOS000308628500019.pdf
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.seizure.2012.06.012
dc.description.source Web of Science
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000308628500019



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