Assessment of biventricular function in human immunodeficiency vi | 56446
Clinical & Experimental Cardiology

Clinical & Experimental Cardiology
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-9880

Assessment of biventricular function in human immunodeficiency virus infection in adolescents and young adults by three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography

20th European Cardiology Conference

October 16-18, 2017 | Budapest, Hungary

Lidia Capotosto, Camilla Ajassa, Gabriella Dâ??Ettorre, Nelson Cavallari, Maria Rosaria Ciardi, Vincenzo Vullo and Antonio Vitarelli

Sapienza University, Italy

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Clin Exp Cardiolog

Abstract :

Background: The pathogenesis of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in HIV patients includes cardiac direct effects of HIV, the presence of autoantibodies, myocardial inflammatory response to viruses, other infections related to the immune status of patients and side effects associated with antiretroviral drugs or other drugs used for the management of HIV. The purpose of our study was to evaluate biventricular parameters of wall deformation with three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) in HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy in order to detect a possible subclinical myocardial dysfunction. Methods: Sixteen patients aged 12 to 31years with human immunodeficiency virus infection and 16 normal controls of the same age and sex was studied with 3DSTE. All patients were stable in terms of HIV infection, with no history of heart disease or other chronic systemic disease except HIV infection. Patients were on HAART with good immunological control. Standard echocardiographic measures of LV-RV function were assessed. Tricuspid annular systolic plane excursion (TAPSE) was measured by M-mode of the lateral tricuspid valve annulus. LV global longitudinal, circumferential and radial strains were calculated. Global area strain (GAS) was calculated by 3DSTE as percentage variation in surface area defined by the longitudinal and circumferential strain vectors. Right ventricular (RV) 3D global and free-wall longitudinal strain was obtained. Data analysis was performed offline. Results: LV global longitudinal strain and GAS were lower in HIV patients compared to normal controls (-15.9% vs -19.1%, p=0.013, and -33.9% vs -38.7%, p=0.004, respectively). There were no significant differences in ejection fractions between the groups. There was a trend toward reduced TAPSE in HIV patients compared to controls (20.2?±2.3mm vs 23.4?±2.6mm, p=0.08). RV free-wall longitudinal strain was significantly reduced in HIV patients when compared with the control group (-19.8% vs -23.7%, p=0.025). No patient had pulmonary systolic pressure higher than 35mmHg. There was no correlation between echocardiographic parameters and selected biomarkers and inflammatory markers. Conclusions: Three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography may help to identify HIV patients at high cardiovascular risk allowing early detection of biventricular dysfunction in the absence of pulmonary hypertension.