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Contributors The study was designed by AB-A. AB-A, RCC, EdSMF and HSMC gave substantial contributions to patient recruitment and data acquisition. EB conceived the necessary conditions to conduct the study at BioVasc laboratory. Data were analysed by AB-A, RdMP and CAV-N. The report was written by AB-A, RdMP, CAV-N and EB. All authors approved the final version.
Funding Rio de Janeiro State Agency for Research Support (FAPERJ) and National Research Council of Brazil.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Ethics Committee.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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