The correlation between Doppler data and effort capacity in mitral stenosis. Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • UNLABELLED: The data concerning the relation between mitral valve area (MVA), estimated invasively or by 2 D-echo and effort capacity in mitral stenosis (MS) are still controversial. Consequently we have studied the same relation, using the Doppler indices. METHODS: 19 patients with MS were submitted to a Doppler examination--MVA, pressure half time (PHT), mean pressure gradient (MPG)--and to a symptoms limited exercise testing on cycloergometer--effort intensity (Watts, METs) functional aerobic impairment (FAI), myocardial aerobic impairment (MAI). The "r" correlation index between these parameters was calculated. The results show no significant correlation between Doppler estimated severity of mitral stenosis and the effort capacity of the patients, even if a weak negative correlation ("r" = - 0.32) is noted between effort intensity and MPG and a weak positive correlation ("r" = + 0.41) between FAI and PHT. The conclusion is that effort capacity of patients with mitral stenosis cannot predict the severity of the disease which is to be established through other methods.

publication date

  • July 1995