(1/279) Evidence of O2 supply-dependent VO2 max in the exercise-trained human quadriceps.

Maximal O2 delivery and O2 uptake (VO2) per 100 g of active muscle mass are far greater during knee extensor (KE) than during cycle exercise: 73 and 60 ml. min-1. 100 g-1 (2.4 kg of muscle) (R. S. Richardson, D. R. Knight, D. C. Poole, S. S. Kurdak, M. C. Hogan, B. Grassi, and P. D. Wagner. Am. J. Physiol. 268 (Heart Circ. Physiol. 37): H1453-H1461, 1995) and 28 and 25 ml. min-1. 100 g-1 (7.5 kg of muscle) (D. R. Knight, W. Schaffartzik, H. J. Guy, R. Predilleto, M. C. Hogan, and P. D. Wagner. J. Appl. Physiol. 75: 2586-2593, 1993), respectively. Although this is evidence of muscle O2 supply dependence in itself, it raises the following question: With such high O2 delivery in KE, are the quadriceps still O2 supply dependent at maximal exercise? To answer this question, seven trained subjects performed maximum KE exercise in hypoxia [0.12 inspired O2 fraction (FIO2)], normoxia (0.21 FIO2), and hyperoxia (1.0 FIO2) in a balanced order. The protocol (after warm-up) was a square wave to a previously determined maximum work rate followed by incremental stages to ensure that a true maximum was achieved under each condition. Direct measures of arterial and venous blood O2 concentration in combination with a thermodilution blood flow technique allowed the determination of O2 delivery and muscle VO2. Maximal O2 delivery increased with inspired O2: 1.3 +/- 0.1, 1.6 +/- 0.2, and 1.9 +/- 0.2 l/min at 0.12, 0.21, and 1.0 FIO2, respectively (P < 0.05). Maximal work rate was affected by variations in inspired O2 (-25 and +14% at 0.12 and 1.0 FIO2, respectively, compared with normoxia, P < 0.05) as was maximal VO2 (VO2 max): 1.04 +/- 0.13, 1. 24 +/- 0.16, and 1.45 +/- 0.19 l/min at 0.12, 0.21, and 1.0 FIO2, respectively (P < 0.05). Calculated mean capillary PO2 also varied with FIO2 (28.3 +/- 1.0, 34.8 +/- 2.0, and 40.7 +/- 1.9 Torr at 0.12, 0.21, and 1.0 FIO2, respectively, P < 0.05) and was proportionally related to changes in VO2 max, supporting our previous finding that a decrease in O2 supply will proportionately decrease muscle VO2 max. As even in the isolated quadriceps (where normoxic O2 delivery is the highest recorded in humans) an increase in O2 supply by hyperoxia allows the achievement of a greater VO2 max, we conclude that, in normoxic conditions of isolated KE exercise, KE VO2 max in trained subjects is not limited by mitochondrial metabolic rate but, rather, by O2 supply.  (+info)

(2/279) Validation of haemodialysis recirculation and access blood flow measured by thermodilution.

BACKGROUND: Recirculation (R) and access blood flow (Qac) measurements are considered useful indicators of adequate delivery of haemodialysis. It was the purpose of this study to compare measurements of R and Qac obtained by two different techniques which are based on the same principle of indicator dilution, but which differ because of the characteristics of the injection and detection of the different indicators used. METHODS: Recirculation measured by a thermal dilution technique using temperature sensors (BTM, Fresenius Medical Care) was compared with recirculation measured by a validated saline dilution technique using ultrasonic transducers placed on arterial and venous segments of the extracorporeal circulation (HDM, Transonic Systems, Inc.). Calculated access flows were compared by Bland Altman analysis. Data are given as mean +/- SD. RESULTS: A total of 104 measurements obtained in 52 treatments (17 patients, 18 accesses) were compared. Recirculation measured with correct placement of blood lines and corrected for the effect of cardiopulmonary recirculation using the 'double recirculation technique' was -0.02 +/- 0.14% by the BTM technique and not different from the 0% measured by the HDM technique. Recirculation measured with reversed placement of blood lines and corrected for the effect of cardiopulmonary recirculation was 19.66 +/- 10.77% measured by the BTM technique compared with 20.87 +/- 11.64% measured by the HDM technique. The difference between techniques was small (-1.21 +/- 2.44%) albeit significant. Access flow calculated from BTM recirculation was 1328 +/- 627 ml/min compared with 1390 +/- 657 ml/min calculated by the HDM technique. There was no bias between techniques. CONCLUSION: BTM thermodilution yields results which are consistent with the HDM ultrasound dilution technique with regard to both recirculation and access flow measurement.  (+info)

(3/279) Improved accuracy and precision of thermodilution cardiac output measurement using a dual thermistor catheter system.

OBJECTIVES: To assess whether thermodilution cardiac output determination based on measurement of injectate temperature in vivo leads to more accurate and precise estimates and to study the influence of chilled injectate on test performance. BACKGROUND: Cardiac output measurement via right heart catheterization is used extensively for hemodynamic evaluation in a variety of diagnostic, perioperative and critical care settings. Maximizing accuracy is essential for optimal patient care. METHODS: This prospective study of 960 thermodilution cardiac output measurements was conducted using conventional and dual thermistor techniques. Specialized dual thermistor right heart catheters were constructed using a second thermistor positioned to measure injectate temperature in vivo just prior to entry into the right atrium. To eliminate interinjection variability, a custom set-up was developed that permitted output measurement using both techniques simultaneously. Both ambient temperature injections and cooled injections were investigated. RESULTS: The dual thermistor technique demonstrated significantly less measurement variability than the conventional technique for both ambient temperature (precision = 0.41 vs. 0.55 L/min, p < 0.001) and cooled (precision = 0.35 vs. 0.43 L/min, p = 0.01) injections. Similarly, the average range of cardiac output values obtained during five sequential injections in each patient was less using the dual thermistor approach (1.05 vs. 1.55 L/min, p < 0.001). The use of cooled injectate reduced the mean error of the dual thermistor technique but actually increased the mean error of the conventional technique. Even with ambient temperature injections, injectate warming during catheter transit varied considerably and unpredictably from injection to injection (2 SD range = -0.22 to 5.74 degrees C). Conventional ambient temperature and cooled measurements significantly overestimated Fick cardiac output measurements by 0.32 and 0.50 L/min, respectively (p < 0.001). In contrast, dual thermistor measurements were statistically similar (-0.08 and -0.08 L/min, p = 0.34) to Fick measurements. CONCLUSIONS: This new dual thermistor approach results in a significant improvement in both precision and accuracy of thermodilution cardiac output measurement.  (+info)

(4/279) Continuous cardiac output in septic shock by simulating a model of the aortic input impedance: a comparison with bolus injection thermodilution.

BACKGROUND: To compare continuous cardiac output obtained by simulation of an aortic input impedance model to bolus injection thermodilution (TDCO) in critically ill patients with septic shock. METHODS: In an open study, mechanically ventilated patients with septic shock were monitored for 1 (32 patients), 2 (15 patients), or 3 (5 patients) days. The hemodynamic state was altered by varying the dosages of dopamine, norepinephrine, or dobutamine. TDCO was estimated 189 times as the series average of four automated phase-controlled injections of iced 5% glucose, spread equally over the ventilatory cycle. Continuous model-simulated cardiac output (MCO) was computed from radial or femoral artery pressure. On each day, the first TDCO value was used to calibrate the model. RESULTS: TDCO ranged from 4.1 to 18.2 l/min. The bias (mean difference between MCO and TDCO) on the first day before calibration was -1.92 +/- 2.3 l/min (mean +/- SD; n = 32; 95% limits of agreement, -6.5 to 2.6 l/min). The bias increased at higher levels of cardiac output (P < 0.05). In 15 patients studied on two consecutive days, the precalibration ratio TDCO:MCO on day 1 was 1.39 +/- 0.28 (mean +/- SD) and did not change on day 2 (1.39 +/- 0.34). After calibration, the bias was -0.1 +/- 0.8 l/min with 82% of the comparisons (n = 112) < 1 l/min and 58% (n = 79) < 0.5 l/min, and independent of the level of cardiac output. CONCLUSIONS: In mechanically ventilated patients with septic shock, changes in bolus TDCO are reflected by calibrated MCO over a range of cardiac output values. A single calibration of the model appears sufficient to monitor continuous cardiac output over a 2-day period with a bias of -0.1 +/- 0.8 l/min.  (+info)

(5/279) Elevated endothelin concentrations are associated with reduced coronary vasomotor responses in patients with chest pain and normal coronary arteriograms.

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between arterial and coronary sinus endothelin (ET) concentrations and coronary vasomotor responses during rapid atrial pacing in patients with chest pain and normal coronary arteriograms (CPNA). BACKGROUND: Plasma ET concentrations are significantly higher in CPNA patients than in healthy control subjects. METHODS: We investigated 19 carefully characterized CPNA patients (14 women; mean age 53 +/- 9 years) of whom 10 had positive electrocardiographic responses to exercise. The percentage fall in coronary vascular resistance (%d.CVR) after 10 min of rapid atrial pacing was determined using a thermodilution pacing catheter. Plasma ET concentrations were measured by radioimmunoassay on simultaneously drawn arterial and coronary sinus samples. RESULTS: No significant differences in ET concentrations were observed between men and women, but a strong statistical trend suggested that %d.CVR was lower in women than men (27[23 to 31]% vs. 34[29 to 45]%--median[interquartile range]; p = 0.07). Simple regression analysis including only the women (n = 14) suggested a significant relationship between baseline arterial ET concentrations and %d.CVR (R2 = 0.34; p = 0.06). Furthermore, stepwise multivariate regression analysis of the group as a whole indicated that both gender (p = 0.03) and baseline arterial ET concentration (p = 0.02) were independently predictive of %d.CVR (R2 = 0.44; overall p = 0.02); this relationship predicts that women with high ET levels would have the lowest %d.CVR during pacing. CONCLUSIONS: These data support the hypothesis that elevated ET activity may be associated with reduced coronary flow responses during rapid atrial pacing in CPNA patients.  (+info)

(6/279) Continuous stroke volume monitoring by modelling flow from non-invasive measurement of arterial pressure in humans under orthostatic stress.

The relationship between aortic flow and pressure is described by a three-element model of the arterial input impedance, including continuous correction for variations in the diameter and the compliance of the aorta (Modelflow). We computed the aortic flow from arterial pressure by this model, and evaluated whether, under orthostatic stress, flow may be derived from both an invasive and a non-invasive determination of arterial pressure. In 10 young adults, Modelflow stroke volume (MFSV) was computed from both intra-brachial arterial pressure (IAP) and non-invasive finger pressure (FINAP) measurements. For comparison, a computer-controlled series of four thermodilution estimates (thermodilution-determined stroke volume; TDSV) were averaged for the following positions: supine, standing, head-down tilt at 20 degrees (HDT20) and head-up tilt at 30 degrees and 70 degrees (HUT30 and HUT70 respectively). Data from one subject were discarded due to malfunctioning thermodilution injections. A total of 155 recordings from 160 series were available for comparison. The supine TDSV of 113+/-13 ml (mean+/-S.D.) dropped by 40% to 68+/-14 ml during standing, by 24% to 86+/-12 ml during HUT30, and by 51% to 55+/-15 ml during HUT70. During HDT20, TDSV was 114+/-13 ml. MFSV for IAP underestimated TDSV during HDT20 (-6+/-6 ml; P<0.05), but that for FINAP did not (-4+/-7 ml; not significant). For HUT70 and standing, MFSV for IAP overestimated TDSV by 11+/-10 ml (HUT70; P<0.01) and 12+/-9 ml (standing; P<0.01). However, the offset of MFSV for FINAP was not significant for either HUT70 (3+/-8 ml) or standing (3+/-9 ml). In conclusion, due to orthostasis, changes in the aortic transmural pressure may lead to an offset in MFSV from IAP. However, Modelflow correctly calculated aortic flow from non-invasively determined finger pressure during orthostasis.  (+info)

(7/279) Continuous cardiac output measurement: pulse contour analysis vs thermodilution technique in cardiac surgical patients.

We have analysed the clinical agreement between two methods of continuous cardiac output measurement pulse contour analysis (PCCO) and a continuous thermodilution technique (CCO), were both compared with the intermittent bolus thermodilution technique (BCO). Measurements were performed in 26 cardiac surgical patients (groups 1 and 2, 13 patients each, with an ejection fraction > 45% and < 45%, respectively) at 12 selected times. During operation, mean differences (bias) between PCCO-BCO and CCO-BCO did not differ in either group. However, phenylephrine-induced increases in systemic vascular resistance (SVR) by approximately 60% resulted in significant differences. Significantly higher absolute bias values of PCCO-BCO compared with CCO-BCO were also found early after operation in the ICU. Thus PCCO and CCO provided comparable measurements during coronary bypass surgery. After marked changes in SVR, further calibration of the PCCO device is necessary.  (+info)

(8/279) A novel right-heart catheterization technique for in vivo measurement of vascular responses in lungs of intact mice.

The present study employed a new right-heart catheterization technique to measure pulmonary arterial pressure, pulmonary arterial wedge pressure, and pulmonary vascular resistance in anesthetized intact-chest, spontaneously breathing mice. Under fluoroscopic guidance, a specially designed catheter was inserted via the right jugular vein and advanced to the main pulmonary artery. Cardiac output was determined by the thermodilution technique, and measured parameters were stable for periods of +info)