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Cheyne–Stokes respiration (CSR) is present in up to 40% of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and is an independent risk factor for increased overall mortality. We examined whether CSR is associated with right ventricular (RV) dysfunction in CHF patients. Parameters of RV function were assessed by two-dimensional echocardiography and tissue velocity imaging in 42 patients (aged 23–75 years) with a left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction below 40%. Respiratory polygraphy revealed CSR with an central apnea–hypopnea index (CAHI) >10 h−1 in 13 of the 42 patients (31%). Demographic characteristics did not differ among the patient groups. The velocity of the tricuspid annular systolic motion (TASM), a parameter reflecting systolic RV function, was significantly reduced in CHF patients with CSR (10.5 ± 2.3 cm s−1) compared with those without CSR (15.0 ± 5.1 cm s−1, P = 0.004), and was inversely associated with the CAHI (y = 15.2–0.2x; r = 0.46, P = 0.003). The RV dimensions were significantly increased and the fractional RV area changes significantly reduced in CHF patients with CSR (33 ± 17 versus 48 ± 20%; P = 0.04). Doppler parameters of pulmonary artery flow indicate higher pulmonary artery pressures in CSR patients compared with patients without CSR, which is also reflected by an increased RV free-wall thickness in CSR patients (6.5 ± 1.1 vs. 5.3 ± 1.3 mm; P = 0.05). Parameters of systolic LV function, forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), and PaO2 and PaCO2 were not different among patients with or without CSR. In conclusion, CSR is associated with depressed systolic RV function and increased RV dimensions in CHF patients. Future studies will show whether optimized treatment of CSR will improve RV function.
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Keywords: Cheyne–Stokes respiration; congestive heart failure; echocardiography; right ventricle; tissue velocity imaging

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Innere Medizin, Kardiologie and 2: Pneumologie der Philipps Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany

Publication date: 2003-06-01

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