Left ventricular strain and untwist in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: relation to exercise capacity

Khalid Abozguia, Ganesh Nallur-Shivu, Thanh T. Phan, Ibrar Ahmed, Rajat Kalra, Rebekah A. Weaver, William J. McKenna, John E. Sanderson, Perry Elliott, Michael Frenneaux

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Abstract

Background Nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (nHCM) is often associated with reduced exercise capacity despite hyperdynamic systolic function as measured by left ventricular ejection fraction. We sought to examine the importance of left ventricular strain, twist, and untwist as predictors of exercise capacity in nHCM patients.

Methods Fifty-six nHCM patients (31 male and mean age of 52 years) and 43 age-and gender-matched controls were enrolled. We measured peak oxygen consumption (peak VO2) and acquired standard echocardiographic images in all participants. Two-dimensional speckle tracking was applied to measure rotation, twist, untwist rate, strain, and strain rate.

Results The nHCM patients exhibited marked exercise limitation compared with controls (peak VO2 23.28 +/- 6.31 vs 37.70 +/- 7.99 mL/[kg min], P < .0001). Left ventricular ejection fraction in nHCM patients and controls was similar (62.76% +/- 9.05% vs 62.48% +/- 5.82%, P = .86). Longitudinal, radial, and circumferential strain and strain rate were all significantly reduced in nHCM patients compared with controls. There was a significant delay in 25% of untwist in nHCM compared with controls. Both systolic and diastolic apical rotation rates were lower in nHCM patients. Longitudinal systolic and diastolic strain rate correlated significantly with peak VO2 (r = -0.34, P = .01 and r = 0.36, P = .006, respectively). Twenty-five percent untwist correlated significantly with peak VO2 (r = 0.36, P = .006).

Conclusions In nHCM patients, there are widespread abnormalities of both systolic and diastolic function. Reduced strain and delayed untwist contribute significantly to exercise limitation in nHCM patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-832
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
Volume159
Issue number5
Early online date30 Apr 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

Keywords

  • speckle tracking echocardiography
  • cardiovascular-disease
  • diastolic dysfunction
  • systolic function
  • heart-failure
  • sudden-death
  • relaxation
  • mechanics
  • abnormalities
  • torsion

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Abozguia, K., Nallur-Shivu, G., Phan, T. T., Ahmed, I., Kalra, R., Weaver, R. A., McKenna, W. J., Sanderson, J. E., Elliott, P., & Frenneaux, M. (2010). Left ventricular strain and untwist in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: relation to exercise capacity. American Heart Journal, 159(5), 825-832. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2010.02.002