Influence of hemodialysis on echocardiographic Doppler indices of the left ventricle: changes in parameters of systolic and diastolic function and Tei index.

Department of Internal Medicine, Nagasaki Municipal Medical Center, Nagasaki, Japan.
Clinical nephrology (Impact Factor: 1.23). 03/2003; 59(3):180-5. DOI: 10.5414/CNP59180
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ABSTRACT Numbers of previous studies have evaluated the influence of dialysis-induced altered loading condition on Doppler-echocardiographic indices of left ventricle in patients with chronic renal failure. It has been suggested that most of Doppler-derived indices are preload-dependent. On the other hand, there are no studies that have evaluated the influence of hemodialysis on Tei index; a new Doppler-derived index obtained by isovolumetric contraction time plus isovolumetric relaxation time divided by ejection time. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether Tei index is also influenced by dialysis-induced altered loading condition as well as other Doppler-derived indices, and to assess the possibility that Tei index is also preload-dependent.
Thirty-two patients with chronic renal failure (21 men and 11 women, aged 48-93 years) on maintenance hemodialysis were evaluated for Doppler-derived indices before and after hemodialysis. We studied parameters of diastolic function (peak velocities of mitral inflow in early diastole (E) and late diastole from atrial filling (A), ratio of A to E (A/E), deceleration time (DT), and isovolumetric relaxation time (IRT)), parameters of systolic function (ejection time (ET), pre-ejection period (PEP), ratio of PEP to ET (PEP/ET), and isovolumetric contraction time (ICT)) and Tei index.
Hemodialysis resulted in significant decreases in E, increase in A/E, prolongation of IRT, no change in A and DT; significant prolongation of ICT and PEP, shortening of ET, and increase in PEP/ET and a significant increase in Tei index (0.42 +/- 0.16 vs 0.51 +/- 0.16, p < 0.0001). When patients were subdivided into 2 groups based on weight loss after hemodialysis (> or = 1.5 kg and < 1.5 kg), only the group that lost > or = 1.5 kg had significant change in Tei index before and after hemodialysis (0.40 +/- 0.15 vs 0.52 +/- 0.17, p = 0.0002).
This study demonstrates that not only most of Doppler-derived indices but also Tei index is affected by dialysis-induced altered loading condition and suggests that Tei index is possibly preload-dependent.