Impaired Cardiac Function in MS

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Impaired Cardiac Function in MS

Post by frodo » Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:21 am

Impaired Cardiac Function in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis by Comparison with Normal Subjects


Multiple sclerosis (MS), neurologic disease affecting young population, may cause cardiovascular dysfunction, due to autonomous nervous dysfunction, physical invalidity, increased oxidative stress, and systemic inflammatory status. However, cardiovascular function is rarely evaluated in these patients. We assessed left and right ventricular (LV and RV) function by 2D, 3D, tissue Doppler, and speckle tracking echocardiography, and vascular function by remodeling, stiffness, and endothelial dysfunction parameters in patients with MS, compared to control subjects. 103 subjects (35 ± 10 years,70 women) were studied: 67 patients with MS and 36 control subjects. Patients with MS had decreased LV systolic function, confirmed by lower 2D and 3D ejection fraction, mitral annular plane systolic excursion, longitudinal myocardial systolic velocities, and 2D and 3D global longitudinal strain. The RV function was also decreased, as demonstrated by lower fractional area change, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion, longitudinal systolic velocities, and longitudinal strain. Additionally, LV diastolic and left atrial (LA) function were decreased compared to controls. The parameters of arterial and endothelial function were similar between groups. Patients with MS have impaired biventricular function by comparison with normal subjects, with reduced LA function, but normal arterial and endothelial function. The noninvasive echocardiographic techniques might help to determine patients with MS at risk of developing cardiovascular dysfunction.

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