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Qualitative assessment of left ventricular 60 NT–ANP 143 BNP 50 BNP, ng/ml 8 NT– ANO, ng/ml 51 6 4 40 30 20 2 10 0 0 No LVD LVD No LVD LVD 143 Correlation of serum atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) with left ventricular dysfunction. Vertical lines denote ranges of median serum concentrations. (From McDonagh TA, et al. ) Table 17 Recommended data collection during echocardiographic examination Minimum data set Left ventricle M-mode LV chamber dimension at the level of the mitral leaflet tips Thickness of septum and posterior wall Cross-sectional EF where possible, otherwise a qualitative description of LV systolic function Description of major wall motion abnormalities Often also helpful Sometimes applicable Claculation of fractional shortening Calculation of LV mass Cardiac output measurement by Doppler (or stroke distance) Estimation of LV dP/dtmax from the mitral regurgitant Doppler signal Wall motion score If LV function appears normal, a measurement of mitral valve and pulmonary vein inflow parameters may be useful Inspection of aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valves Colour flow search for regurgitant lesions Continuous wave estimation of valve Continuity equation to assess AV area gradients if valve appears abnormal if output low and valve appears calcified AV: atrioventricular; EF: ejection fraction; LV: left ventricle.

ALTERATIONS IN THE EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX Structural modifications in the failing heart include chamber dilatation and the accumulation of fibrous tissue. The myocardium consists of myocytes supported by an extracellular matrix (ECM) composed of collagens (principally types I and III), which are produced by fibroblasts. In the late 1980s, it was demonstrated that the ECM of failing myocardium undergoes alterations in composition. For example, type III collagen was more prevalent than type I in tissue obtained from subjects with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

Ann. Intern. Med. 1992;116:1–5. 31 Chapter three Pathogenesis Determinants of ventricular function Ventricular function can be divided into two separate stages, contraction (systole) and relaxation (diastole). Each of these opposite functions is dependent upon a multitude of factors both intrinsic and extrinsic to the heart. Systolic ventricular function can be quantified by measurement of the cardiac output (CO), usually around 5 l/minute. CO is a function of heart rate and stroke volume. These parameters, in turn, are dependent upon certain physiological indices (87), and vary according to the body’s need.

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