Assessment of left ventricular function in systemic lupus erythematosus patients by speckle tracking echocardiography: Relation to circulating endothelial progenitor cells

Sameh W.G. Bakhoum, Mohamed El Basel, Alshaimaa R. Alnaggar, Mona S. Hamdy, Hanan Hussein
2015 Egyptian Rheumatologist  
This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( strain rate during isovolumic relaxation period (GSR ivr ) (p = 0.01) in patients compared to controls. By multiple logistic regression analysis, the independent variables affecting GCS and GSR ivr were the prednisolone dose and the LVEF respectively. (95% CI = À0.46 to À0.03; p = 0.03 and 95% CI = 0.001-0.01; p = 0.021; respectively). There was no significant correlation of the
more » ... GCS or GSR ivr with the EPCs. Conclusion: STE detected subclinical systolic and diastolic abnormalities of LV function in SLE patients. These abnormalities of LV function did not show however any relation with the significantly lower EPC count detected in patients.
doi:10.1016/j.ejr.2015.05.002 fatcat:ylrldo2nibfdpgpmgp5etu3iha