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Diabetes, lipids and metabolism
Abnormal left ventricular longitudinal functional reserve in patients with diabetes mellitus: implication for detecting subclinical myocardial dysfunction using exercise tissue Doppler echocardiography
  1. Jong-Won Ha1,
  2. Hyun-Chul Lee1,
  3. Eun-Seok Kang1,
  4. Chul-Min Ahn1,
  5. Jin-Mi Kim1,
  6. Jeong-Ah Ahn,
  7. Se-Wha Lee1,
  8. Eui-Young Choi1,
  9. Se-Joong Rim1,
  10. Jae K Oh2,
  11. Namsik Chung1
  1. 1
    Divisions of Cardiology and Endocrinology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
  2. 2
    Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, USA
  1. Jong-Won Ha, Cardiology Division, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 134 Shinchon-dong, Seodamun-gu, Seoul 120-752, Korea; jwha{at}


Background: Sublinical myocardial dysfunction occurs in a significant number of patients with type 2 diabetes. Assessment of ventricular long-axis function by measuring mitral annular velocities using tissue Doppler echocardiography (TDE) is thought to provide a more sensitive index of systolic and diastolic function. We hypothesised that augmentation of left ventricular (LV) longitudinal contraction and relaxation during exercise would be blunted in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Methods: Mitral annular systolic (S′) and early diastolic (E′) velocities were measured at rest and during supine bicycle exercise (25 W, 3 min increments) in 53 patients (27 male, mean age 53±14 years) with type 2 diabetes and 53 subjects with age and gender-matched control. None had echocardiographic evidence of resting or inducible myocardial ischaemia.

Results: There were no significant differences in mitral inflow velocities at rest between the two groups. E′ and S′ at rest were also similar between the groups. However, S′ (7.1±1.3 vs 8.3±1.8 cm/s at 25 W, p = 0.0021; 8.1±1.5 vs 9.1±2.0 cm/s at 50 W, p = 0.026) and E′ (8.5±2.3 vs 9.9±3.1 cm/s at 25 W, p = 0.054; 9.1±2.1 vs 10.9±2.5 cm/s at 50 W, p = 0.0093) during exercise were significantly lower in patients with diabetes compared with controls. Longitudinal systolic and diastolic function reserve indices were significantly lower in patients with diabetes compared with that of controls (systolic index, 0.6±0.70 vs 1.2±1.5 cm/s at 25 W, p = 0.029; 1.2±1.2 vs 2.1±1.6 cm/s at 50 W, p = 0.009; diastolic index, 1.9±1.2 vs 2.5±2.2 cm/s at 25 W, p = 0.07; 2.3±1.3 vs 3.2±2.2 cm/s at 50 W, p = 0.031).

Conclusion: In conclusion, unlike resting mitral inflow and annular velocities, changes of systolic and diastolic velocities of the mitral annulus during exercise were significantly reduced in patients with type 2 diabetes compared with the control group. The assessment of LV longitudinal functional reserve with exercise using TDE appears to be helpful in identifying early myocardial dysfunction in patients with type 2 diabetes.

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Abbreviations:
    peak velocity of diastolic filling during atrial contraction
    peak velocity of early diastolic filling
    early diastolic mitral annular velocity
    ejection fraction
    left ventricular
    systolic mitral annular velocity
    tissue Doppler echocardiography