Bosiljka Vujisic-Tesic

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    Full-text · Dataset · Jul 2015
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic value of left atrial (LA) mechanics and stiffness in a prospective cohort of 82 asymptomatic patients (31 men, mean age 73±10 years) with severe aortic stenosis (AS) and normal left ventricular ejection fraction. Methods: By the use of 2-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, LA reservoir, strain rate and stiffness, LV strain, rotations, and twist were evaluated. The predefined end points were the occurrence of symptoms,aortic valve replacement and death. Results: At study entry, all patients had reduced LA reservoir (19.6±5%) and LV global longitudinal strain (LVGLS) (-15.3±3%), enhanced Zva (7.3 ±0.7 mm Hg/ml/m2) and LA stiffness (0.9±0.1). During follow-up (17.2±15.3 months) 53 patients (64.6%) reached the predefined end-points. No difference was found between symptomatic and asymptomatic patients as regards LV ejection fraction, LA volumes and AS severity. On the contrary, patients with events had lower indexed stroke volume p=0.001), LVGLS (p<0.001), LA reservoir (p<0.001) and higher LV mass (p=0.007), Zva (p<0.001) and LA stiffness (p<0.001), than those asymptomatic. Patients with lower LA reservoir (≤ 19.3%, median value) and higher LA stiffness (≥ 0.89, median value) had significantly worse event-free survival (figure 1). When the global population was split according to the median of LVGLS and Zva (GLS ≥ -15.2% and Zva ≤ 6.26 mmHg/ml/m2), amoung patients with minor impairment of LVGLS and Zva, the subgroup with events had significantly lower LA reservoir (p=0.01 and p=0.02, respectively) and higher LA stiffness (p=0.02 and p=0.02, respectively) if compared to the asymptomatic; Conclusion: LA mechanics may be a relevant contributor to the prognostic stratification of patients with asymptomatic severe AS.
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  • No preview · Conference Paper · May 2015
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    ABSTRACT: Risk stratification is particularly complex in asymptomatic patients with significant aortic stenosis (AS). The study aim was to assess which hemodynamic/Doppler-echocardiographic parameter best predicts mortality in asymptomatic patients with severe AS and a normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). This prospective study included 128 consecutive asymptomatic patients (75 males, 53 females; mean age 66.35 ± 10.51 years) with severe AS (aortic valve area (AVA) ± 1.0 cm2) and a normal LVEF (55%). The patients were followed up for 47 months (median 35.5 months, IQR 7 months). Clinical data at follow up were obtained from all patients by either direct examination or telephone interview. During the follow up, 55 patients (43.0%) underwent aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery due to AS-related symptoms. Of the 12 patients that died (9.4%), eight deaths occurred before surgery (four patients refused operation), and one patient died after surgery due to postoperative infection. Those patients who died had a significantly higher valvulo-arterial impedance (Z(va)) (7.81 versus 4.86 mmHg x ml/m2, p < 0.001), a higher N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level (1708.5 versus 376.5 pg/ml, p = 0.003) and a lower AVA (0.65 versus 0.86 cm2, p = 0.002), but there were no differences in LVEF, P(mean) or age between the groups (69.68% versus 72.24%, p = 0.206; 44.95 versus 41.75 mmHg; and 69 versus 66 years, p = 0.332, respectively). When parameters that were predictors of mortality according to univariate analysis were further analyzed with Cox multivariate analysis, Z(va) was found to be the best independent predictor (B = 0.460, HR = 1.584, 95% CI = 1.064-2.359, p = 0.024). A Z(va) value of 6.1 mmHg x ml/m2 was identified as the best (cut-off) predictive value for the occurrence of death, with a sensitivity 61.1% and a specificity 86.0%. Z(va) is the best mortality predictor in asymptomatic patients with severe AS and a normal LVEF. Future studies are required to focus further on predictors of outcome, the aim being to achieve an optimal selection of asymptomatic patients considered to be at risk and who would benefit from early AVR.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2015 · The Journal of heart valve disease
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    ABSTRACT: Background: In order to evaluate the predictive value of echocardiograph parameters for mortality of hemodialysis patients and their relation to Kt/V and anthropometry, a prospective, single center study was analyzed post-hoc. Methods: This analysis encompassed 106 patients on maintenance hemodialysis monitored for 108 months from 1996 to 2004. spKt/V was calculated using the Daugirdas formula. Anthropometric measurements included mid-arm muscle measurements (MAMC) and percentage of body fat (%fat). Echocardiography included the estimations of left ventricular wall thickness, dimensions and volumes (EDV, ESV), systolic LV function (ejection fraction - EFLV, fractional shortening - VCF, stroke volume - SV) and diastolic LV function (E/A, VTI-A wave of transmitral flow velocity), left atrial diameter, as well as assessment of clinical and biochemical parameters. The Cox proportional hazard model was used to estimate predictive values of echocardiograph parameters. Results: Kt/V correlated significantly with left ventricular systolic and diastolic volumes and function, septal and posterior wall thickness and left atrium dimension. MAMC and %fat also correlated with many echocardiograph parameters. Multivariate Cox regression selected age [HR 1.07; CI (1.03-1.12); p < 0.01], albumin [HR 0.88; CI (0.79-0.97); p < 0.05] and left atrium dimension - binary [values > 4 cm were marked as "1" and others "0" - HR 3.76; CI (1.56-9.03); p < 0.01] as independent predictors of death. Conclusion: Left atrium dimension was the most important predictor of mortality among the echocardiograph parameters. Many of these parameters were related to Kt/V and anthropometric measurements and could be the combined consequence of hypervolemia and hypertension.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Renal Failure
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Although delayed-enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DEMRI) is essential for diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis (CS), the test was not available when pacemaker was implamted. Recently, MR-conditional pacemaker has become avilable and we hypothesized that this device would be useful for diagnosis and management of CS. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic ability of MR-conditional pacemaker about CS in patients with advanced A-V nodal block (AAVB). Methods: Twenty-seven AAVB patients (14 men, 13 women; mean age, 69 ± 11 years) who were implanted MR-conditional pacemaker were studied. DEMRI was performed 6 weeks after implantation of permanent pacemaker. In patients with positive for DE, additional examinations like echocardiography, radioisotope imaging, biopsy, and coronary computed-tomography were performed due to confirm the diagnosis of CS and exclude coronary artery disease. Results: DE was observed in 12 patients (44 %). Out of 12 patients, 2 patients were excluded for having prior myocardial infarction. Seven of 10 (70 %) patients were diagnosed of CS by the consensus criteria. Compared with non-CS group, CS group had significantly lower age (61 ± 12 years vs. 72 ± 9 years p = 0.017). There was no significant difference about sex, angiotensin-converting enzyme, brain natriuretic peptide, and left ventricular ejection fraction between 2 groups. Six patients had started corticosteroid therapy and 5 patients (83%) recovered A-V nodal conduction. Conclusion: MR-conditional pacemaker was useful for diagnosis and management of patients with AAVB caused by CS.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2014 · European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Slow coronary flow (SCF) is a well-known clinical phenomenon, characterized by delayed opacification of coronary arteries in the absence of coronary artery stenosis. It is hypothesized that impaired endothelial function reduces coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR), and results in microvascular ischemia causing chest pain. Also, left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal systolic strain (GLS) can be affected in this setting. The aim of this study was to: 1) evaluate how LV-GLS and CFVR are affected in patients with positive exercise tests and coronary angiograms with or without SCF. 2) examine relations between CFVR and LV-GLS. Methods: Examined group consisted of 24 female pts (mean age 58±8 years) with ECG positive exercise tests and coronary angiograms without stenosis. TIMI Flow Grade (TFG) was used as a grading system for SCF, based on the rate of dye entry into the distal landmarks of the vessel bed. According to that, examined group was subdivided into: Group 1 (7 pts with SCF (TGF<3)) and Group 2 (17 pts with TGF 3). Twenty healthy control subjects (mean age 55±9 years) were also enrolled. GLS was obtained from the three standard apical views and off-line image analysis was performed using commercial software with speckle tracking methodology derived from 2D gray-scale images. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography CFVR was performed in left anterior descending coronary (LAD) and right coronary artery (RCA) and calculated as the ratio between hyperemic maximal flow velocity (induced with i.v. infusion of adenosine 0.14mg/kg/min) and resting flow velocity. Results Examined group compared to the control group had significantly impaired LV-GLS (-17.5±2.2 vs. -21.9±2.5, p<0.001), CFVR LAD (2.60±0.56 vs. 3.34±0.67, p<0.001) and CFVR RCA (2.48±0.42 vs. 3.20±0.64, p<0.001). Group 1 in comparison to Group 2 had lower LV-GLS (-15.9±1.3 vs. -18.2±2.2, p=0.021), CFVR LAD (2.04±0.16 vs. 2.84±0.48, p<0.001) and CFVR RCA (2.08±0.19 vs. 2.65±0.38, p=0.001). In the examined group LV-GLS correlated both with CFVR LAD (r=-0.449, p=0.028) and CFVR RCA (r=-0.514, p=0.010). Conclusions: This study shows that blunted CFVR values in SCF setting are associated with depressed LV-GLS, demonstrating an important pathophysiological link between the impairment of microcirculation and longitudinal LV systolic function.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging
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    ABSTRACT: Coronary microcirculatory function after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) in patients with acute myocardial infarction is important determinant of infarct size (IS). Our aim was to investigate the utility of coronary flow reserve (CFR) and diastolic deceleration time (DDT) of the infarct artery (IRA) assessed by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography after pPCI for final IS prediction. In 59 patients, on the 2nd day after pPCI for acute anterior myocardial infarction, transthoracic Doppler analysis of IRA blood flow was done including measurements of CFR, baseline DDT and DDT during adenosine infusion (DDT adeno). Killip class, myocardial blush grade, resolution of ST segment elevation, peak creatine kinase-myocardial band and conventional echocardiographic parameters were determined. Single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging was done 6 weeks later to define final IS (percentage of myocardium with fixed perfusion abnormality). IS significantly correlated with CFR (r = -0.686, p < 0.01), DDT (r = -0.727, p < 0.01), and DDT adeno (r = -0.780, p < 0.01). CFR and DDT adeno in multivariate analysis remained independent IS predictors after adjustment for other covariates and offered incremental prognostic value in models based on conventional clinical, angiographic, electrocardiographic and enzymatic variables. In predicting large infarction (IS > 20 %), the best cut-off for CFR was <1.73 (sensitivity 65 %, specificity 96 %) and for DDT adeno ≤720 ms (sensitivity 81 %, specificity 96 %). CFR and DDT during adenosine are independent and powerful early predictors of final IS offering incremental prognostic information over conventional parameters of myocardial and microvascular damage and tissue reperfusion.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2014 · The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive value of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), cortisol and ACTH receptor polymorphism (ACTHRP) for left ventricular (LV) remodeling. Thirty-six elite male athletes, as chronic stress adaptation models, and twenty sedentary age and sex-mached subjects emabarked on standard and tissue Doppler echocardiography to assess cardiac parameters at rest. They performed maximal cardiopulmonary test, which was used as an acute stress model. ACTH and cortisol were measured at rest (10 min before test), at beginning, at maximal effort, at 3rd min of recovery, using radioimmunometric and radioimmunoassey techniques, respectively. Promoter region of ACTHR gene (18p11.2) was analysed from blood samples using reverse polymerisation reaction with the analysis of restriction fragment lenght polimorphisam by SacI restriction enzyme. Normal genotype was CTC/CTC, heterozygot for ACTHRP CTC/CCC and homozygot CCC/CCC. In all participants, ACTH and cortisol increased during acute stress, whereas in recovery ACTH increased and cortisol remained unchanged. 49/56 examiners manifested CTC/CTC, 7/56 CTC/CCC and 0/56 CCC/CCC. There was no difference in ACTHRP frequency between groups (χ2(1) = 0,178, p = 0.67). LV mass (LVM) and LV end-diastolic volume (LVVd) were higher in athletes than in controls (p < 0.01) and lower in CTC/CTC than in CTC/CCC genotype (219.43 ± 46.59(SD)g vs. 276.34 ± 48.86(SD)g, p = 0.004; 141.24 ± 24.46(SD)ml vs. 175.29 ± 37.07(SD)ml, p = 0.002; respectively). In all participants, predictors of LVM and LVVd were ACTH at rest (B = -1.00,-0.44; β=-0.30;-0.31; p = 0.026,0.012, respectively) and ACTHRP (B = 56.63,34; β=0.37,0.40; p = 0.003,0.001, respectively). These results demonstrate that ACTH and ACTHRP strongly predict cardiac morphology suggesting possible regulatory role of stress system activity and sensitivity in cardiac remodeling.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2014 · Peptides
  • Danijela Trifunovic · Bosiljka Vujisic-Tesic · Vesna Bozic · Milan Petrovic · Miodrag Ostojic
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    ABSTRACT: Mitral valve aneurysm (MVA) is a rare valve disease. The case is reported of pathologically proven MVA in a 61-year-old diabetic male with chronic alcoholic liver disease who presented with dyspnea and new-onset atrial fibrillation, without clinical elements of current or recent infection. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a 'cystic' formation of the anterior mitral leaflet (AML) with mild mitral regurgitation (MR) and aortic regurgitation (AR) hitting the AML. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) showed clearly that the formation on the AML was a valve aneurysm, and depicted the site of aneurysm rupture with an additional jet of MR through the rupture. Following mitral valve replacement, pathology of the excised valve showed chronic bacterial endocarditis with calcified bacterial colonies, myxomatous changes with fibrinoid dissection of lamina fibrosa, and neovascularization of the leaflet. The mechanisms of MVA formation are discussed, together with its potential complications, diagnostic modalities and therapeutic strategies. The present case emphasizes that MVA is often a remnant of endocarditis, even when the latter is clinically silent and undiagnosed. The importance of chronic AR directed towards the AML as a predisposing condition for MVA formation is also underlined in this case. The superiority of TEE in providing a full exploration of the mitral valve morphology is verified.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · The Journal of heart valve disease
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    ABSTRACT: Background and purpose To analyze plasma adiponectin kinetics in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) and its association with coronary flow reserve (CFR), an index of coronary microcirculatory function. Methods A total of 96 consecutive patients with the first anterior STEMI treated by pPCI without heart failure were included. CFR was assessed on the 7th day after pPCI. Plasma adiponectin was measured on admission before pPCI, and on the 2nd and 7th day after pPCI. Results Adiponectin concentration was the highest on admission, declined to the lowest level on the 2nd day, and rose on the 7th day remaining below admission values. Impaired coronary microcirculatory function (CFR < 2) was observed in 41% of the patients. Adiponectin concentrations significantly positively correlated with CFR, and the strongest correlation was with the 2nd day adiponectin (r = 0.489, p < 0.001). In multivariate models, adiponectin concentrations were independent predictors of impaired CFR [on admission: odds ratio (OR) 0.175, confidence interval (CI): 0.047–0.654, p = 0.010; 2nd day: OR 0.146, 95% CI: 0.044–0.485, p = 0.002; 7th day: OR 0.198, CI: 0.064–0.611, p = 0.005]. The best power to predict impaired CFR was the 2nd day adiponectin. Delta values of adiponectin (differences between adiponectin concentrations) did not correlate with CFR. Conclusions In patients with the first anterior STEMI treated by pPCI plasma adiponectin concentrations before and after pPCI are strongly associated with CFR. Our results support the hypothesis that low adiponectin, especially during the early post-pPCI period, carries the risk for impaired coronary microcirculatory function in STEMI patients.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Journal of Cardiology
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    Full-text · Dataset · Jun 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Insulin resistance (IR) assessed by the Homeostatic Model Assessment (HOMA) index in the acute phase of myocardial infarction in non-diabetic patients was recently established as an independent predictor of intrahospital mortality. In this study we postulated that acute IR is a dynamic phenomenon associated with the development of myocardial and microvascular injury and larger final infarct size in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). In 104 consecutive patients with the first anterior STEMI without diabetes, the HOMA index was determined on the 2nd and 7th day after pPCI. Worst-lead residual ST-segment elevation (ST-E) on postprocedural ECG, coronary flow reserve (CFR) determined by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography on the 2nd day after pPCI and fixed perfusion defect on single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI) determined six weeks after pPCI were analyzed according to HOMA indices. IR was present in 55 % and 58 % of patients on day 2 and day 7, respectively. Incomplete post-procedural ST-E resolution was more frequent in patients with IR compared to patients without IR, both on day 2 (p = 0.001) and day 7 (p < 0.001). The HOMA index on day 7 correlated with SPECT-MPI perfusion defect (r = 0.331), whereas both HOMA indices correlated well with CFR (r = -0.331 to -0.386) (p < 0.01 for all). In multivariable backward logistic regression analysis adjusted for significant univariate predictors and potential confounding variables, IR on day 2 was an independent predictor of residual ST-E >= 2 mm (OR 11.70, 95% CI 2.46-55.51, p = 0.002) and CFR < 2 (OR = 5.98, 95% CI 1.88-19.03, p = 0.002), whereas IR on day 7 was an independent predictor of SPECT-MPI perfusion defect > 20% (OR 11.37, 95% CI 1.34-96.21, p = 0.026). IR assessed by the HOMA index during the acute phase of the first anterior STEMI in patients without diabetes treated by pPCI is independently associated with poorer myocardial reperfusion, impaired coronary microcirculatory function and potentially with larger final infarct size.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2014 · Cardiovascular Diabetology
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    ABSTRACT: Aortic stenosis (AS) is an important cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Aortic valve replacement (AVR) therapy is obvious choice in symptomatic severe AS patients, because it improves symptoms, LV function and survival. Therefore, the accurate diagnosis of the disease, determination of its severity and precise evaluation of patients' clinical status is essential. However, the treatment decisions and indication for AVR in asymptomatic patients with severe AS and normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LV EF) are vague and the subject of ongoing debate. Having in mind that operative risk for isolated AVR is low in experienced centers, there is growing interest in identifying the subsets of asymptomatic patients with severe AS and normal LV EF who are at increased risk for adverse event and who may benefit from early/elective AVR. The article focuses on contemporary strategy/recommendations to adequately recognize and stratify asymptomatic patients with severe AS and normal LV EF, and gives insight into an emerging view of early AVR in these patients.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Early detection of left ventricle (LV) systolic dysfunction could be a clue for surgical treatment in patients with significant aortic stenosis (AS). Therefore, we evaluated LV peak of global longitudinal strain (PGLS) using speckle tracking imaging at rest and during low-dose dobutamine infusion in asymptomatic patients with moderate and severe AS and preserved LV ejection fraction (EF). All the patients underwent coronary angiography and had no obstructive coronary disease (defined as having no stenosis greater than 50% in diameter). The patients were divided into two groups: above and below median of 0.785 cm2 aortic valve area (AVA). PGLS was measured from acquired apical 4-chamber and 2-chamber cine loops using a EchoPac PC-workstation at rest and during 5 microg/kg/min, 10 microg/kg/min, and 20 microg/kg/min dobutamine infusion, respectively. The global strain was the average of segment strains from the apical views. A total of 62 patients with moderate and severe AS (AVA < = 1.5 cm2), the mean age 66.12 +/- 9.91, (57.14% males), were enrolled in this prospective study. At rest, mean gradient was 43.57 +/- 0.29 mmHg and mean EF was 72.24 +/- 0.45%. When divided according to median AVA, both groups had decreased average PGLS at rest (-9.33 +/- 4.46% vs -8.95 +/- 3.08%; p = ns). During dobutamine both groups increased their average PGLS, but only the group with AVA > median reached the statistical significance (- 8.71 +/- 2.68% vs -11.93 +/- 3.74%, p = 0.002). In addition, PGLS increase was also significant in 4-chamber view in the patients with AVA above median, but only when comparing baseline to peak 20 microg/kg/min (-10.72 +/- 3.07% vs -13.14 +/- 4.79%; p = 0.034). Conversely, in both groups the increase of PGLS in 2-chamber view did not reach significance. Two-dimensional strain speckle tracking analysis of myocardial deformation with measurement of peak systolic strain during dobutamine infusion is a feasible and accurate method to determine myocardial longitudinal systolic function and contractile reserve and may contribute to clinical decision making in patients with significant AS.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2013 · Vojnosanitetski pregled. Military-medical and pharmaceutical review
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    Full-text · Dataset · Oct 2013
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Exercise intolerance due to diastolic heart failure (DHF) is a common consequence of hypertension even in the presence of good left ventricular systolic function (LVSF). However, resting echo parameters are not often sufficient to explain symptoms and this limitation was overcame by diastolic stress echo.Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) has also been proposed for stratification of pts with known DHF in pts with normal LVSF. The value of combined diastolic stress echo and CPET in detection of DHF stil remained unknown. Objective: To determine the value of combined stress echo CPET in detection of DHF in patients with hypertension, exertional dispnea with normal resting LVSF. Methodology: We studied 87 pts with hypertension without DHF, but with exertional dyspnea and normal LVSF at rest. All pts underwent combined stress echo CPET (supine bycicle, ramp protocol with 15W/min increments). M-mode and 2-D echo at rest, and at the top of the exercise, have been performed. Transmitral flow with pulssed doppler, and annular mitral velocities (e' and a'using TDI) measured according to guidelines. We calculated E/e' as a main determinant DHF. Results: Diastolic heart failure (E/e'≥15) was found in 8/87 pts (9.2%) during combined CPET stress echo test. Resting E/e' did not correlate with development od DHF. Pts with DHF were older (p=0.004), and had lower peak VO2 (p=0.012), and VO2 at anaerobic treshold (p=0.025), achieved lower workload (p=0.026), and higher VE/VCO2 slope (p<0.0001), and lower ΔPetCO2 (p<0.0001) in comparison to pts without DHF. However multivariant regression analysis showed that only VE/VCO2 was independant predictor of DHF (p=0.002; RR 1.46; 95% CI: 1.15-1.86) with strong correlation with maxE/e' (r=0.70; p=0.0001). Value of VE/VCO2 best predictive for DHF in this group of pts according to ROC curve was 32.94 (Sn 100%, Sp 90%). Conclusion: Combined CPET stress echo as a novel test improves detection od DHF in hypertensive patients with exertional dyspnea and normal LVEF. It also excluded myocardial ischemia as a possible cause of exercise intolerance, confirming the need for combining imaging technique with CPET. It adds more information to echo and CPET as a single tests. The best predictor of development of DHF during CPET was VE/VCO2 slope, showing the strong relationship with E/e'. The value 32.94 was best predictive for DHF.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: In Aortic Stenosis (AS) most Doppler-echocardiographic indices that are used for assessing AS severity are flow dependent. The aim of this study was to assess prognostic value of low-dose Dobutamine Testing (DT) in patients with moderate or severe AS and preserved Ejection Fraction (EF). Method: A total of 126 asymptomatic patients with aortic valve area (AVA) ≤1.5 cm2 and EF >50% were enrolled in this prospective study. The follow-up period was 14±2 months. Mean age was 66.47±10.53; (58.73% males), mean EF was 72,03±6,69%, mean pressure gradient (Pmean) 41.94±11.22 mmHg and mean AVA 0.82±0.22 cm2. Patients with ≥2+ valvular regurgitation or more than mild mitral stenosis were excluded. The dobutamine infusion protocol was begun at 5 μg/kg/min body weight up to 20 μg/kg/min, titrated upwards at steps of 5 μg/kg/min every 3 min. The composite outcome endpoint (MACE) was defined as cardiac death, aortic valve replacement and hospitalization caused by AS symptoms according to patient's medical record. Results: No patient experienced a serious adverse event during or after DT. A total of 70 patients had MACE (55.55%), of which 9 patients (7.14%) have died during follow-up. Out of 70 patients, 56 patients (80%) had an Aortic Valve Replacement (RAV). Patients who had an increase in AVA during DT ≤0.2 cm2 and/or final AVA ≤1 cm2 had more often RAV (hi=9.5311; df=1; p=0.002). The lasso penalized Cox regression, conducted solely on the variables at rest, showed that the greatest predictive capacity has the aortic valve resistance (AVR). At the same time, the AUC for the all analyzed pre-dobutamine variables combined, evaluated at time = 12 months, was 0.76. On the other hand, the L1 procedure, when applied on all variables (pre and during DT), chooses only dobutamine variables as the most valuable in predictive sense, improving AUC by 6% (AUC =0.82, at time = 12 months). The value of the AVR obtained during the DT was the strongest independent one-year MACE predictor (according to bootstrapped p values) of all pre and during DT varaibles, with the value of 195.12 dynes s cm-5 having the highest sensitivity ans specificity in predicting MACE (0.78 and 0.73 respectively). In addition, patients who have experienced symptoms (11/126, 8.73%) during DT had more often MACE comparing to asymptomatic patients (hi=6,7408; p<0,001; df=1). Conclusion: The present study demonstrates that AVR, as well as flow-mediated changes during DT, can provide new, clinically relevant information in terms of outcome and timing of valve replacement in asymptomatic patients with moderate and severe AS and preserved EF.
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    ABSTRACT: Brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) was implicated in the regulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) responses to psychological stressors. However, HPA axis activation in different physical stress models and its interface with NT-pro-BNP in the prediction of cardiopulmonary performance is unclear. Cardiopulmonary test on a treadmill was used to assess cardiopulmonary parameters in 16 elite male wrestlers (W), 21 water polo player (WP) and 20 sedentary age-matched subjects (C).Plasma levels of NT-pro-BNP, cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) were measured using immunoassay sandwich technique, radioimmunoassay and radioimmunometric techniques, respectively, 10min before test (1), at beginning (2), at maximal effort (3), at 3rd min of recovery (4). In all groups, NT-pro-BNP decreased between 1 and 2; increased from 2 to 3; remained unchanged until 4. ACTH increased from 1 to 4, whereas cortisol increased from 1 to 3 and stayed elevated at 4. In all groups together, ΔNT-pro-BNP2/1 predicted peak oxygen consumption (B=37.40, r=0.38, p=0.007); cortisol at 3 predicted heart rate increase between 2 and 3 (r=-0.38,B=-0.06, p=0.005); cortisol at 2 predicted peak carbon-dioxide output (B=2.27, r=0.35, p<0.001); ΔACTH3/2 predicted peak ventilatory equivalent for carbon-dioxide (B=0.03, r=0.33, p=0.003).The relation of cortisol at 1 with NT-pro-BNP at 1 and 3 was demonstrated using logistic function in all the participants together (for 1/cortisol at 1 B=63.40, 58.52; r=0.41, 0.34; p=0.003,0.013, respectively).ΔNT-pro-BNP2/1 linearly correlated with ΔACTH4/3 in WP and W (r=-0.45, -0.48; p=0.04, 0.04,respectively).These results demonstrate for the first time that HPA axis and NT-pro-BNP interface in physical stress probably contributing to integrative regulation of cardiopulmonary performance.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2013 · Peptides

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Institutions

  • 2009-2014
    • University of Belgrade
      • School of Medicine
      Beograd, Central Serbia, Serbia
  • 2006-2014
    • Klinički centar Srbije
      • • Cardiology Clinic
      • • Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases
      Beograd, Central Serbia, Serbia
  • 2005-2006
    • Institute for Cardiovascular Disease Dedinje
      Beograd, Central Serbia, Serbia