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Strain and peak systolic velocities: relation to load in a porcine model
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5325-2688
Dept of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University hospital of Brussels. Belgium.
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Abstract [en]

Background:  Tissue velocity echocardiography is increasingly used to evaluate global and regional cardiac function.  Previous studies have suggested that the quantitative measurements obtained during ejection are reliable indices of contractility.  Their load-sensitivity has been studied in different settings, but still remains a matter of controversy.  We sought to characterize the effects of acute load change and change in inotropic state on peak systolic velocity and strain as a measure of LV contractility, and particularly to determine if these parameters were load-dependent.

Methods: Thirteen anesthetised juvenile pigs were studied, using direct measurement of left ventricular (LV) pressure and volume and transthoracic echocardiography. Transient inflation of a vena cava balloon catheter produced controlled preload alterations.  At least eight consecutive beats in the preload alteration sequence were analysed with tissue velocity echocardiography (TVE) during the preload alteration and analysed for change in peak systolic velocities (PSV) and strain (e) during same contractile status with a controlled preload alteration.  Two pharmacological inotropic interventions were also included to generate several myocardial contractile conditions in each animal.

Results: PSV reflected the drug-induced changes in contractility in both radial and longitudinal axis.  During the acute load change, the PSV remain stable when derived from signal in the longitudinal axis and from the radial axis.  The peak systolic velocity parameter demonstrated no strong relation to either load or inotropic intervention, that is, it remained unchanged when load was systematically and progressively varied.  Peak systolic strain, however, showed a clear degree of load-dependence.

Conclusion:  Peak systolic velocity appears to be load-independent as tested by beat to beat load reduction, while peak systolic strain appears to be load-dependent in this model.  Peak systolic velocity has a strong relation to contractility, independent of load, in serial measures, in this model.  More study is needed to confirm this in the clinical setting.

Keyword [en]
tissue velocities echocardiography, ventricular function, load
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43603OAI: diva2:414812
Available from: 2011-05-05 Created: 2011-05-04 Last updated: 2015-09-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Left ventricular function's relation to load, experimental studies in a porcine model
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Background: Loading conditions are recognized to influence ventricular function according to the Starling relationship for length/stretch and force.  Many modern echocardiographic parameters which have been announced as describing ventricular function and contractile status, may be confounded by uncontrolled and unmeasured load.  These studies aimed to measure the relation between four differ­ent types of assessments of ventricular dysfunction and degrees of load.  Study examined the ‘myo­cardial performance index’ (MPI).  Study II examined long axis segmental mechanical dyssynchrony.  Study III examined tissue velocities, and Study IV examined ventricular twist.  All studies aimed to describe the relation of these parameters both to load and to inotropic changes.

Methods:  In anesthetized juvenile pigs, left ventricular (LV) pressure and volume were measured continuously and their relationship (LVPVR) was analysed.  Preload alterations were brought about by inflation of a balloon tipped catheter in the inferior vena cava (IVCBO).  Inotropic interventions were brought about by either an overdose of anesthetic (combine intravenous pentobarbital and inhaled isoflurane, Study I), or beta blocker and calcium channel blocker given in combination (Stud­ies III and IV).  In one study (II), global myocardial injury and dysfunction was induced by endotoxin infusion.  MPI measurements were derived from LVPVR heart cycle intervals for isovolumic contrac­tion and relaxation as well as ejection time.  Long axis segmental dyssynchrony was derived by ana­lyzing for internal flow and time with segmental dyssynchronous segment volume change during systole, hourly before and during 3 hours of endotoxin infusion.  Myocardial tissue velocities were measured during IVCBO at control, during positive and then later negative inotropic interventions.  The same for apical and base circumferential rotational velocities by speckle tracking.  Load markers (including end-diastolic volume) were identified for each beat, and the test parameters were analysed together with load for a relation.  The test parameters were also tested during single apneic beats for a relation to inotropic interventions.

Results: MPI demonstrated a strong and linear relationship to both preload and after-load, and this was due to changes in ejection time, and not the isovolumic intervals.  Long axis segmental dyssyn­chrony increased during each hour of endotoxin infusion and global myocardial injury.  This dysyn­chrony parameter was independent of load when tested by IVCBO. Peak systolic velocities were strongly load-independent, though not in all the inotropic situations and by all measurement axes.  Peak systolic strain was load-dependent, and not strongly related to inotropic conditions.  Peak sys­tolic LV twist and untwist were strongly load-dependent.

Conclusions: MPI is strongly load-dependent, and can vary widely in value for the same contractile status if the load is varied.  Mechanical dyssynchrony measures are load-independen in health and also in early global endotoxin myocardial injury and dysfunction.  Peak sytole velocities are a clinically robust parameter of LV regional and global performance under changing load, though peak systolic strain seems to be load-dependent.  Left ventricular twist and untwist are load-dependent in this pig model.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2011. 67 p.
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1425
heart function, preload, afterload, contractility, myocardial tissue velocity, speckle tracking
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Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43605 (URN)978-91-7459-225-2 (ISBN)
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2011-05-27, Sal B, 9 tr, Tandläkarhögskolan, Norrlands Universitetssjukhus, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2011-05-06 Created: 2011-05-04 Last updated: 2011-05-09Bibliographically approved

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