Table 2

Comparison of haemodynamics in patients with cachectic and non-cachectic chronic heart failure (CHF)

Non-cachecticCachectic
NYHA class2.4 (0.1)2.7 (0.1)2-150
Ejection fraction (%)24.4 (1.9)23.9 (1.9)
Right atrial pressure (mm Hg)4.6 (0.5)4.8 (0.6)
Mean pulmonary artery pressure (mm Hg)17.8 (1.0)18.9 (1.8)
Systemic vascular resistance (dynes/cm3)1788 (99.5)1887 (84.2)
Pulmonary artery wedge pressure (mm Hg)11.9 (0.9)12.2 (1.7)
Cardiac output (litre/min)4.0 (0.2)3.7 (0.2)
  • Values are mean (SEM). NYHA.

  • 2-150 p < 0.05 (v non-cachectic).

  • New York Heart Association functional class.