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Comparison of echocardiographic and radionuclide methods with contrast angiography assessment of left ventricular function--response to isometric exercise in subjects without definite heart disease



Comparison of echocardiographic and radionuclide methods with contrast angiography assessment of left ventricular function--response to isometric exercise in subjects without definite heart disease



Annals of Clinical Research 19(3): 187-193



In order to study the validity of non-invasive assessment of left ventricular response to isometric exercise, 21 subjects with chest pain, but without any cardiac abnormalities performed an isometric handgrip test during cardiac catheterization, M-mode echocardiography and radionuclide angiography. Fourteen of the subjects were suitable for comparison of all the three methods. In response to handgrip exercise the ejection fraction (EF) remained unchanged in contrast angiography (68 +/- 9% at rest; 68 +/- 9% during exercise) and echocardiography (74 +/- 4% at rest; 74 +/- 5% during exercise), but showed a small increase on radionuclide angiography (from 57 +/- 5% to 60 +/- 7% (p less than 0.01). Individual changes in ejection fraction during the handgrip exercise had a reasonable correlation between contrast angiography and radionuclide angiography (r = 0.63, p less than 0.01). In order to validate the reproducibility of M-mode echocardiography and radionuclide angiography, the haemodynamic and left ventricular responses during two consecutive handgrip tests were compared in eight subjects. No significant differences were seen in the haemodynamic responses or between the changes in ejection fraction or fractional shortening in the two tests. Thus, in subjects without heart disease the non-invasively determined results of the left ventricular response to the handgrip exercise were similar to those obtained invasively and could be reliably reproduced.

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