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Left Ventricular Structural Adaptations to Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Toronto General Hospital/UHN, 9N-943, 200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4 Canada. .
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Impact Factor: 13). 05/2006; 173(10):1170-5. DOI: 10.1164/rccm.200503-320OC
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Obstructive sleep apnea is common among patients with heart failure and exposes the left ventricle to trophic mechanical and adrenergic stimuli. We hypothesized that in heart failure patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (a condition characterized by eccentric hypertrophy), those with obstructive sleep apnea would have a higher prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy by wall thickness criteria (> or = 12 mm), and greater septal thickness than those without obstructive sleep apnea.
We performed echocardiography and polysomnography in 47 patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. Obstructive sleep apnea was present in 45% of these patients. The prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy was greater in those with than in those without obstructive sleep apnea (47.6 vs. 15.4%, p = 0.016). Interventricular septal thickness (p < 0.001) and relative wall thickness (p = 0.011) were significantly greater in those with than in those without obstructive sleep apnea. However, there was no significant difference in posterior wall thickness between the groups. The frequency of obstructive apneas and hypopneas during sleep was the only significant independent correlate of septal thickness (p = 0.001).
In patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, the presence of obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy. The higher relative wall thickness and interventricular septal thickness in patients with obstructive sleep apnea indicate that the left ventricle is relatively less eccentric than in patients without obstructive sleep apnea, and that such remodeling affects mainly the septum. These structural adaptations may reflect unique nocturnal mechanical and adrenergic stimuli associated with obstructive sleep apnea.

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    • "Several studies in patients without CHF have already demonstrated that OSA was associated with a concentric LVH (Drager et al., 2007a; Dursunoglu et al., 2005; Hedner et al., 1990). In CHF, Usui et al. (2006) have observed a relative increase in RWT in their patients with CHF with OSA versus those without. However, if the prevalence of concentric LVH was not indicated, the majority of patients with CHF with OSA had an eccentric LVH, as their mean RWT (0.35 ± 0.07) was under the value required to define the concentric LVH. "
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