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      A Simple Method of Predicting Left Ventricular Function in Stabilized Chronic Respiratory Failure

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          A simple method of assessing left ventricular function in stabilized chronic respiratory failure (CRF) is proposed. 21 patients with CRF were ranked according to the prediction of left ventricular function derived from eight elementary clinical criteria including standard chest X-ray and conventional basal electrocardiography. Equilibrium radionuclide angiocardiography was performed at rest (rERNA) for the evaluation of left ventricular systolic function (ejection fraction, LVEF; peak ejection rate) and diastolic function (peak filling rate). Right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) was also measured. The clinical evaluation of the left ventricular function showed a high correlation with rERNA data (p < 0.01 by Spearman’s rank test). No correlation was found between rERNA parameters and PaCo<sub>2</sub>and between RVEF and LVEF. The clinical criteria proposed can thus predict left ventricular function in stabilized CRF with a high degree of confidence.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1985
          1985
          11 November 2008
          : 72
          : 4
          : 202-207
          Affiliations
          aIstituto di Clinica Medica e bIstituto di Medicina Nucleare, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma, Italia
          Article
          173874 Cardiology 1985;72:202–207
          10.1159/000173874
          4053115
          © 1985 S. Karger AG, Basel

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