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  • 1.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Ryhov Cty Hosp, Sweden.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Länne, Toste
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Vascular Adaptation to Indoor Cycling Exercise in Premenopausal Women2019In: International Journal of Sports Medicine, ISSN 0172-4622, E-ISSN 1439-3964, Vol. 40, no 4, p. 245-252Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The early vascular adaptation to indoor cycling, a popular activity at many fitness centres, is incompletely evaluated. Forty two healthy women (21-45 years) underwent measurements of arterial wall properties and geometry as well as a maximal bicycle exercise test before and after a 3 months period during which 21 of the women joined indoor cycling classes at a gym 2-3 times per week, while 21 women served as time controls. Peak work load increased by in average 16% (pamp;lt;0.001) and ascending aortic diameter by 4% (pamp;lt;0.01) in the exercise group, while unchanged in control group. The exercise intervention had no significant influence on the local intima-media thickness, blood pressure or the pulse pressure wave configuration while the carotid artery distensibility (pamp;lt;0.05) was higher after the intervention. There was a positive correlation between change in () peak work load and -diameter of tubular ascending aorta (r=0.42, pamp;lt;0.01) in the exercise group. In conclusion, after only 3 months of bicycle exercise training, signs of central arterial remodelling were seen in premenopausal women, which was associated to improvement in exercise capacity.

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  • 2.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Reg Jonkoping Cty, Sweden.
    Länne, Toste
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Cinthio, M.
    Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Ekstrand, Jan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Henriksson, J.
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Vascular characteristics in young women: Effect of extensive endurance training or a sedentary lifestyle2018In: Acta Physiologica, ISSN 1748-1708, E-ISSN 1748-1716, Vol. 223, no 2, article id UNSP e13041Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AimTo explore whether high-level endurance training in early age has an influence on the arterial wall properties in young women. MethodsForty-seven athletes (ATH) and 52 controls (CTR), all 17-25 years of age, were further divided into runners (RUN), whole-body endurance athletes (WBA), sedentary controls (SC) and normally active controls (AC). Two-dimensional ultrasound scanning of the carotid arteries was conducted to determine local common carotid artery (CCA) geometry and wall distensibility. Pulse waves were recorded with a tonometer to determine regional pulse wave velocity (PWV) and pulse pressure waveform. ResultsCarotid-radial PWV was lower in WBA than in RUN (P amp;lt; .05), indicating higher arterial distensibility along the arm. Mean arterial pressure was lower in ATH than in CTR and in RUN than in WBA (P amp;lt; .05). Synthesized aortic augmentation index (AI@75) was lower among ATH than among CTR (-12.8 1.6 vs -2.6 +/- 1.2%, P amp;lt; .001) and in WBA than in RUN (-16.4 +/- 2.5 vs -10.7 +/- 2.0%, P amp;lt; .05), suggesting a diminished return of reflection waves to the aorta during systole. Carotid-femoral PWV and intima-media thickness (IMT), lumen diameter and radial distensibility of the CCA were similar in ATH and CTR. ConclusionElastic artery distensibility and carotid artery IMT are not different in young women with extensive endurance training over several years and in those with sedentary lifestyle. On the other hand, our data suggest that long-term endurance training is associated with potentially favourable peripheral artery adaptation, especially in sports where upper body work is added. This adaptation, if persisting later in life, could contribute to lower cardiovascular risk.

  • 3.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Cardiac function and long-term volume load: Physiological investigations in endurance athletes and in patients operated on for aortic regurgitation2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background and aims. The heart is a remarkably adaptable organ, continuously changing its output to match metabolic demands and haemodynamic load. But also in long-term settings, such as in chronic or repeated volume load, there are changes in cardiac dimensions and mass termed cardiac hypertrophy. Depending on the stimulus imposing the volume load this hypertrophy differs in extent and phenotype. We aimed to study cardiac function in two settings with long-term volume load, including patients previously operated for aortic regurgitation and healthy females performing endurance training.

    Methods. In paper I, 21 patients (age 52±12 years, all male) operated on with aortic valve replacement for aortic regurgitation (AR) underwent a cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) and an echocardiographic evaluation in average 49±15 months following surgery. The peak oxygen uptake (peakVO2) was compared to results from a pre-operative and a six months follow-up, and relations to echocardiographic measures were determined.

    In papers II–IV, 48 endurance trained female athletes (ATH, age 21±2 years) were compared to 46 untrained females (CON, age 21±2 years) regarding echocardiographic measures of cardiac dimensions, global and regional cardiac function and maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max) determined with CPET. Relations between VO2max and cardiac variables were explored.

    Results. In paper I, peakVO2 had decreased from 26±6 to 23±5 mL/kg/min in patients from the first to second, late follow-up. This decrease was larger than expected by their increased age alone, and a majority of patients had a cardiorespiratory fitness below average according to reference values from healthy subjects of the same age, sex and weight.

    In papers II–IV, we found that ATH (VO2max 52±5 mL/kg/min) had larger atrial, ventricular and inferior vena cava dimensions compared to CON (VO2max 39±5 mL/kg/min). ATH had increased measures of right ventricular (RV) systolic function (RV atrioventricular plane displacement indexed by cardiac length 2.5±0.3 vs. 2.3±0.3, p=0.001) and left ventricular (LV) diastolic function (mitral E-wave velocity 0.92±0.17 vs. 0.86±0.11 m/s, p=0.029). In addition, systolic synchrony was similar between groups while there were heterogeneous differences in diastolic and systolic function across different myocardial segments. VO2max was most strongly related to LV end-diastolic volume (r=0.709, p<0.001).

    Conclusions. Decreasing peakVO2 following surgery for AR, despite a normalisation in cardiac dimension could either be a result of a remaining, slight myocardial dysfunction or post-operative negative influence on cardiac performance by filling disturbances or the prosthetic valve itself, or, a sign of an inadequate post-operative level of physical activity and lack of exercise training. This stresses the importance of post-operative management and methods for increasing aerobic capacity, where exercise testing could be valuable for guiding patients and tailoring exercise protocols.

    The eccentric cardiac hypertrophy in ATH, symmetrically distributed across the heart, depicts the physiological hypertrophy in response to volume load in endurance training. Cardiac function was similar, or for some measures slightly improved in ATH compared to CON and LV dimensions, rather than cardiac function, were predictors of VO2max. As the heart of female athletes has been far less studied than that in males, our results add knowledge regarding the female athlete’s heart, and our results of differences in segmental cardiac function merits further research.

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    1. Decreased aerobic capacity 4 years after aortic valve replacement in male patients operated upon for chronic aortic regurgitation
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    2012 (English)In: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, ISSN 1475-0961, E-ISSN 1475-097X, Vol. 32, no 3, p. 167-171Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Exercise testing is underutilized in patients with valve disease. We have previously found a low physical work capacity in patients with aortic regurgitation 6 months after aortic valve replacement (AVR). The aim of this study was to evaluate aerobic capacity in patients 4 years after AVR, to study how their peak oxygen uptake (peakVO2) had changed postoperatively over a longer period of time. Twenty-one patients (all men, 52 +/- 13 years) who had previously undergone cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) pre- and 6 months postoperatively underwent maximal exercise testing 49 +/- 15 months postoperatively using an electrically braked bicycle ergometer. Breathing gases were analysed and the patients physical fitness levels categorized according to angstrom strands and Wassermans classifications. Mean peakVO2 was 22.8 +/- 5.1 ml x kg-1 x min-1 at the 49-month follow-up, which was lower than at the 6-month follow-up (25.6 +/- 5.8 ml x kg-1 x min-1, P = 0.001). All but one patient presented with a physical fitness level below average using angstrom strands classification, while 13 patients had a low physical capacity according to Wassermans classification. A significant decrease in peakVO2 was observed from six to 49 months postoperatively, and the decrease was larger than expected from the increased age of the patients. CPET could be helpful in timing aortic valve surgery and for the evaluation of need of physical activity as part of a rehabilitation programme.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
    Keywords
    aortic valve insufficiency, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, exercise test, open heart surgery, peak oxygen uptake, physical capacity, physical fitness
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77090 (URN)10.1111/j.1475-097X.2011.01072.x (DOI)000302545300001 ()
    Note

    Funding Agencies|Swedish Heart and Lung foundation||County Council of Ostergotland, Sweden||

    Available from: 2012-05-04 Created: 2012-05-04 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
    2. Female athlete's heart: Systolic and diastolic function related to circulatory dimensions
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    2015 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, ISSN 0905-7188, E-ISSN 1600-0838, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 372-381Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    There are relatively few studies on female athletes examining cardiac size and function and how these measures relate to maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max ). When determining sports eligibility, it is important to know what physiological adaptations and characteristics may be expected in female athletes, taking body and cardiac size into account. The purposes of this study were (a) to compare right and left heart dimensions and function in female endurance athletes (ATH) and in non-athletic female controls of similar age (CON); and (b) to explore how these measures related to VO2max . Forty-six ATH and 48 CON underwent a maximal bicycle exercise test and an echocardiographic examination at rest, including standard and color tissue Doppler investigation. All heart dimensions indexed for body size were larger in ATH (all P < 0.01). The diastolic mitral E/A ratio was 27% higher in ATH (P < 0.001) while systolic left and right atrio-ventricular longitudinal displacement was 7% (P = 0.002) and 15% (P < 0.001) larger in ATH, respectively. Half (50.3%) of the variability in VO2max could be explained by left ventricular end-diastolic volume. Our results could be useful in evaluating female endurance athletes with suspected cardiac disease and contribute to understanding differences between female athletes and non-athletes.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Wiley-Blackwell, 2015
    National Category
    Clinical Medicine
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113770 (URN)10.1111/sms.12246 (DOI)000354568800021 ()24840312 (PubMedID)
    Available from: 2015-01-30 Created: 2015-01-30 Last updated: 2019-08-28
    3. Cardiac systolic regional function and synchrony in endurance trained and untrained females
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cardiac systolic regional function and synchrony in endurance trained and untrained females
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    2015 (English)In: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, ISSN 2055-7647, Vol. 25, no 1, article id :e000015Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Background Most studies on cardiac function in athletes describe overall heart function in predominately male participants. We aimed to compare segmental, regional and overall myocardial function and synchrony in female endurance athletes (ATH) and in age-matched sedentary females (CON).

    Methods In 46 ATH and 48 CON, echocardiography was used to measure peak longitudinal systolic strain and myocardial velocities in 12 left ventricular (LV) and 2 right ventricular (RV) segments. Regional and overall systolic function were calculated together with four indices of dyssynchrony.

    Results There were no differences in regional or overall LV systolic function between groups, or in any of the four dyssynchrony indices. Peak systolic velocity (s′) was higher in the RV of ATH than in CON (9.7±1.5 vs 8.7±1.5 cm/s, p=0.004), but not after indexing by cardiac length (p=0.331). Strain was similar in ATH and CON in 8 of 12 LV myocardial segments. In septum and anteroseptum, basal and mid-ventricular s′ was 6–7% and 17–19% higher in ATH than in CON (p<0.05), respectively, while s′ was 12% higher in CON in the basal LV lateral wall (p=0.013). After indexing by cardiac length, s′ was only higher in ATH in the mid-ventricular septum (p=0.041).

    Conclusions We found differences between trained and untrained females in segmental systolic myocardial function, but not in global measures of systolic function, including cardiac synchrony. These findings give new insights into cardiac adaptation to endurance training and could also be of use for sports cardiologists evaluating female athletes.

    National Category
    Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122839 (URN)10.1136/bmjsem-2015-000015 (DOI)
    Available from: 2015-11-26 Created: 2015-11-26 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
    4. The size and shape of the inferior vena cava in trained and untrained females in relation to maximal oxygen uptake
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>The size and shape of the inferior vena cava in trained and untrained females in relation to maximal oxygen uptake
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    2015 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. The increase in cardiac dimensions following endurance training is well acknowledged. A few studies report a larger inferior vena cava (IVC) in trained, predominatly male subjects while athlete-control studies upon females are lacking. Previous studies were constrained to long-axis measurements, and there are no reports in the literature on IVC short-axis dimensions and shape in athletes.

    Methods and Results. Forty-eight sedentary and 46 endurance trained females (mean age 21±2 years, VO2max 39±5 vs. 52±5 mL×kg-1×min-1, p<0.001) underwent echocardiographic examination including IVC diameter and cross-sectional area measured in the subcostal view. IVC shape was calculated as the ratio of short-axis major-to-minor diameter.

    Five out of eight IVC dimensions were larger in trained females, including maximal long-axis diameter (mean 24±3 vs. 20±3 mm, p<0.001) and maximal short-axis area (mean 5.5±1.5 vs. 4.7±1.4 cm2, p=0.022). Both groups presented with a slightly oval IVC with no differences between the groups in IVC shape or inspiratory decrease in any IVC dimension. The IVC long-axis diameter reflected the minor-axis diameter obtained in the short-axis view, during both expiration and inspiration. Positive correlations were seen between maximal IVC long-axis diameter and maximal oxygen uptake (r=0.52, p<0.01), left ventricular end-diastolic volume (r=0.46, p<0.01) and right atrial area (r=0.49, p<0.01).

    Conclusion. The IVC was larger in endurance trained than in untrained females but showed similar shape and inspiratory decrease in dimensions. The long-axis IVC diameter was related to maximal oxygen uptake.

    Keywords
    Inferior Vena Cava, Athlete’s heart, Exercise Training, Sports Cardiology, Maximal Oxygen Uptake
    National Category
    Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123315 (URN)
    Available from: 2015-12-10 Created: 2015-12-10 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
  • 4.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Clinical Physiology, Jönköping Hospital, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Länne, Toste
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Left Ventricular Adaptation to 12 Weeks of Indoor Cycling at the Gym in Untrained Females.2017In: International Journal of Sports Medicine, ISSN 0172-4622, E-ISSN 1439-3964, Vol. 38, no 9, p. 653-658Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cross-sectional studies provide evidence of larger cardiac dimensions and mass in endurance trained than in untrained females. Much less is known regarding adaptations in cardiac function following training in untrained subjects. We aimed to study left ventricular (LV) adaptation to indoor cycling in previously untrained females, in regard of LV dimensions, mass and function. 42 sedentary females were divided into 2 equally sized groups, either training indoor cycling at regular classes at a local gym for 12 weeks, in average 2.6 times per week, or maintaining their sedentary lifestyle. Echocardiography at rest and a maximal exercise test were performed before and after the intervention. Exercise capacity increased in average 16% in the exercise group (p<0.001), together with decreased heart rate at rest (p<0.05) and at 120 watts steady-state (p<0.001). There were no difference in systolic or diastolic function following the intervention and minimal increases in LV internal diameter in diastole (+1 mm, p<0.01). LV mass was unchanged with training (137±25 vs. 137±28 g, p=0.911). Our findings indicate that attending indoor cycling classes at a gym 2-to-3 times per week for 12 weeks is enough to improve exercise capacity, while a higher volume of training is required to elicit cardiac adaptations.

  • 5.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Carlén, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Sunnerud, Sofia
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Janzon, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Hjärtscreening av elitidrottare: Låg följsamhet till RF:s rekommendationer2018In: Idrottsmedicin, ISSN 1103-7652, Vol. 1/18, p. 16-19Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    et al.
    Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford, California, USA / Department of Medicine, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford, California, USA.
    Moneghetti, Kegan J.
    Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford, California, USA / Stanford University, Stanford Sports Cardiology, Stanford, California, USA .
    Christle, Jeffrey W.
    Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford, California, USA / Stanford University, Stanford Sports Cardiology, Stanford, California, USA.
    Bagherzadeh, Shadi P.
    Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford, California, USA / Department of Medicine, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford, California, USA .
    Amsallem, Myriam
    Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford, California, USA / Department of Medicine, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford, California, USA .
    Ashley, Euan
    Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford, California, USA / Stanford University, Stanford Sports Cardiology, Stanford, California, USA.
    Froelicher, Victor
    Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford, California, USA / Stanford University, Stanford Sports Cardiology, Stanford, California, USA.
    Haddad, Francois
    Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford, California, USA / Department of Medicine, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford, California, USA.
    Blood pressure in athletic preparticipation evaluation and the implication for cardiac remodelling2019In: Heart, ISSN 1355-6037, E-ISSN 1468-201X, Vol. 105, no 16, p. 1223-1230Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives To explore blood pressure (BP) in athletes at preparticipation evaluation (PPE) in the context of recently updated US and European hypertension guidelines, and to determine the relationship between BP and left ventricular (LV) remodelling.Methods In this retrospective study, athletes aged 13–35 years who underwent PPE facilitated by the Stanford Sports Cardiology programme were considered. Resting BP was measured in both arms; repeated once if >=140/90 mm Hg. Athletes with abnormal ECGs or known hypertension were excluded. BP was categorised per US/European hypertension guidelines. In a separate cohort of athletes undergoing routine PPE echocardiography, we explored the relationship between BP and LV remodelling (LV mass, mass/volume ratio, sphericity index) and LV function.Results In cohort 1 (n=2733, 65.5% male), 34.3% of athletes exceeded US hypertension thresholds. Male sex (B=3.17, p&lt;0.001), body mass index (BMI) (B=0.80, p&lt;0.001) and height (B=0.25, p&lt;0.001) were the strongest independent correlates of systolic BP. In the second cohort (n=304, ages 17–26), systolic BP was an independent correlate of LV mass/volume ratio (B=0.002, p=0.001). LV longitudinal strain was similar across BP categories, while higher BP was associated with slower early diastolic relaxation.Conclusion In a large contemporary cohort of athletes, one-third presented with BP levels above the current US guidelines’ thresholds for hypertension, highlighting that lowering the BP thresholds at PPE warrants careful consideration as well as efforts to standardise measurements. Higher systolic BP was associated with male sex, BMI and height and with LV remodelling and diastolic function, suggesting elevated BP in athletes during PPE may signify a clinically relevant condition.

  • 7.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Henriksson, Jan
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. County Hospital Ryhov, Sweden.
    Brudin, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. County Hospital, Sweden.
    Tamas, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    ECHOCARDIOGRAPHIC CHARACTERIZATION OF THE INFERIOR VENA CAVA IN TRAINED AND UNTRAINED FEMALES2016In: Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, ISSN 0301-5629, E-ISSN 1879-291X, Vol. 42, no 12, p. 2794-2802Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the study was to explore the long-and short-axis dimensions, shape and collapsibility of the inferior vena cava in 46 trained and 48 untrained females (mean age: 21 +/- 2 y). Echocardiography in the subcostal view revealed a larger expiratory long-axis diameter (mean: 24 +/- 3 vs. 20 +/- 3 mm, p amp;lt; 0.001) and short-axis area (mean: 5.5 +/- 1.5 vs. 4.7 +/- 1.4 cm(2), p = 0.014) in trained females. IVC shape (the ratio of short-axis major to minor diameters) and the relative decrease in IVC dimension with inspiration were similar for the two groups. The IVC long-axis diameter reflected short-axis minor diameter and was correlated to maximal oxygen uptake (r = 0.52, p amp;lt; 0.01). In summary, the results indicate that trained females have a larger IVC similar in shape and respiratory decrease in dimensions to that of untrained females. The long-axis diameter corresponded closely to short-axis minor diameter and, thus, underestimates maximal IVC diameter. (E-mail: kristofer.hedman@liu.se) (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine amp; Biology.

  • 8.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV). Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Henriksson, Jan
    Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Clinical Physiology, County Hospital Ryhov, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Brudin, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Clinical Physiology, County Hospital, Kalmar, Sweden.
    Tamás, Éva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    The size and shape of the inferior vena cava in trained and untrained females in relation to maximal oxygen uptake2015Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. The increase in cardiac dimensions following endurance training is well acknowledged. A few studies report a larger inferior vena cava (IVC) in trained, predominatly male subjects while athlete-control studies upon females are lacking. Previous studies were constrained to long-axis measurements, and there are no reports in the literature on IVC short-axis dimensions and shape in athletes.

    Methods and Results. Forty-eight sedentary and 46 endurance trained females (mean age 21±2 years, VO2max 39±5 vs. 52±5 mL×kg-1×min-1, p<0.001) underwent echocardiographic examination including IVC diameter and cross-sectional area measured in the subcostal view. IVC shape was calculated as the ratio of short-axis major-to-minor diameter.

    Five out of eight IVC dimensions were larger in trained females, including maximal long-axis diameter (mean 24±3 vs. 20±3 mm, p<0.001) and maximal short-axis area (mean 5.5±1.5 vs. 4.7±1.4 cm2, p=0.022). Both groups presented with a slightly oval IVC with no differences between the groups in IVC shape or inspiratory decrease in any IVC dimension. The IVC long-axis diameter reflected the minor-axis diameter obtained in the short-axis view, during both expiration and inspiration. Positive correlations were seen between maximal IVC long-axis diameter and maximal oxygen uptake (r=0.52, p<0.01), left ventricular end-diastolic volume (r=0.46, p<0.01) and right atrial area (r=0.49, p<0.01).

    Conclusion. The IVC was larger in endurance trained than in untrained females but showed similar shape and inspiratory decrease in dimensions. The long-axis IVC diameter was related to maximal oxygen uptake.

  • 9.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Sunnerud, Sofia
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Carlén, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Janzon, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    From guidelines to the sidelines: implementation of cardiovascular preparticipation evaluation in sports clubs is lagging.2019In: British Journal of Sports Medicine, ISSN 0306-3674, E-ISSN 1473-0480, Vol. 53, no 1, p. 3-4Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Tamas, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Decreased aerobic capacity 4 years after aortic valve replacement in male patients operated upon for chronic aortic regurgitation2012In: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, ISSN 1475-0961, E-ISSN 1475-097X, Vol. 32, no 3, p. 167-171Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Exercise testing is underutilized in patients with valve disease. We have previously found a low physical work capacity in patients with aortic regurgitation 6 months after aortic valve replacement (AVR). The aim of this study was to evaluate aerobic capacity in patients 4 years after AVR, to study how their peak oxygen uptake (peakVO2) had changed postoperatively over a longer period of time. Twenty-one patients (all men, 52 +/- 13 years) who had previously undergone cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) pre- and 6 months postoperatively underwent maximal exercise testing 49 +/- 15 months postoperatively using an electrically braked bicycle ergometer. Breathing gases were analysed and the patients physical fitness levels categorized according to angstrom strands and Wassermans classifications. Mean peakVO2 was 22.8 +/- 5.1 ml x kg-1 x min-1 at the 49-month follow-up, which was lower than at the 6-month follow-up (25.6 +/- 5.8 ml x kg-1 x min-1, P = 0.001). All but one patient presented with a physical fitness level below average using angstrom strands classification, while 13 patients had a low physical capacity according to Wassermans classification. A significant decrease in peakVO2 was observed from six to 49 months postoperatively, and the decrease was larger than expected from the increased age of the patients. CPET could be helpful in timing aortic valve surgery and for the evaluation of need of physical activity as part of a rehabilitation programme.

  • 11.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Tamás, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Henriksson, J
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Brudin, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. County Hospital Kalmar.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Female athlete's heart: Systolic and diastolic function related to circulatory dimensions2015In: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, ISSN 0905-7188, E-ISSN 1600-0838, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 372-381Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There are relatively few studies on female athletes examining cardiac size and function and how these measures relate to maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max ). When determining sports eligibility, it is important to know what physiological adaptations and characteristics may be expected in female athletes, taking body and cardiac size into account. The purposes of this study were (a) to compare right and left heart dimensions and function in female endurance athletes (ATH) and in non-athletic female controls of similar age (CON); and (b) to explore how these measures related to VO2max . Forty-six ATH and 48 CON underwent a maximal bicycle exercise test and an echocardiographic examination at rest, including standard and color tissue Doppler investigation. All heart dimensions indexed for body size were larger in ATH (all P < 0.01). The diastolic mitral E/A ratio was 27% higher in ATH (P < 0.001) while systolic left and right atrio-ventricular longitudinal displacement was 7% (P = 0.002) and 15% (P < 0.001) larger in ATH, respectively. Half (50.3%) of the variability in VO2max could be explained by left ventricular end-diastolic volume. Our results could be useful in evaluating female endurance athletes with suspected cardiac disease and contribute to understanding differences between female athletes and non-athletes.

  • 12.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Tamás, Éva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Bjarnegård, Niclas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Clinical Physiology, County Hospital Ryhov, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Brudin, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Clinical Physiology, County Hospital, Kalmar, Sweden.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV). Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Cardiac systolic regional function and synchrony in endurance trained and untrained females2015In: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, ISSN 2055-7647, Vol. 25, no 1, article id :e000015Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Most studies on cardiac function in athletes describe overall heart function in predominately male participants. We aimed to compare segmental, regional and overall myocardial function and synchrony in female endurance athletes (ATH) and in age-matched sedentary females (CON).

    Methods In 46 ATH and 48 CON, echocardiography was used to measure peak longitudinal systolic strain and myocardial velocities in 12 left ventricular (LV) and 2 right ventricular (RV) segments. Regional and overall systolic function were calculated together with four indices of dyssynchrony.

    Results There were no differences in regional or overall LV systolic function between groups, or in any of the four dyssynchrony indices. Peak systolic velocity (s′) was higher in the RV of ATH than in CON (9.7±1.5 vs 8.7±1.5 cm/s, p=0.004), but not after indexing by cardiac length (p=0.331). Strain was similar in ATH and CON in 8 of 12 LV myocardial segments. In septum and anteroseptum, basal and mid-ventricular s′ was 6–7% and 17–19% higher in ATH than in CON (p<0.05), respectively, while s′ was 12% higher in CON in the basal LV lateral wall (p=0.013). After indexing by cardiac length, s′ was only higher in ATH in the mid-ventricular septum (p=0.041).

    Conclusions We found differences between trained and untrained females in segmental systolic myocardial function, but not in global measures of systolic function, including cardiac synchrony. These findings give new insights into cardiac adaptation to endurance training and could also be of use for sports cardiologists evaluating female athletes.

  • 13.
    Nilsson, Henric
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).
    Borg, Sabina
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Tamas, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Cardiopulmonary exercise testing for evaluation of a randomized exercise training intervention following aortic valve replacement2019In: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, ISSN 1475-0961, E-ISSN 1475-097X, Vol. 39, no 1, p. 103-110Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aortic valve surgery is the definitive treatment for aortic stenosis (AS). No specific recommendation is available on how exercise training should be conducted and evaluated after aortic valve replacement (AVR). This study aimed to examine the effect of aerobic exercise training on exercise capacity following AVR. In addition to our primary outcome variable, peak oxygen uptake (peakVO(2)), the effect on submaximal cardiopulmonary variables including oxygen uptake kinetics (tau), oxygen uptake efficiency slope (OUES) and ventilatory efficiency (VE/VCO2 slope) was evaluated. Following AVR due to AS, 12 patients were randomized to either a group receiving 12 weeks of supervised aerobic exercise training (EX) or a control group (CON). Exercise capacity was assessed by a maximal cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET). There was a significant increase in peak load (+28%, P = 0 center dot 031) and in peakVO(2) (+23%, P = 0 center dot 031) in EX, corresponding to an increase in achieved percentage of predicted peakVO(2) from 88 to 104% (P = 0 center dot 031). For submaximal variables, there were only non-statistically significant trends in improvement between CPETs in EX. In CON, there were no significant differences in any maximal or submaximal variable between CPETs. We conclude that 12 weeks of supervised aerobic exercise training induces significant adaptations in cardiopulmonary function following AVR, especially in regard to maximal variables including peakVO(2). In addition, we provide novel data on the effect on several submaximal variables following exercise training in this group of patients.

  • 14.
    Sunnerud, Sofia
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Janzon, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Carlén, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Hedman, Kristofer
    Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.
    Låg följsamhet till rekommenderad hjärtscreening av elitidrottare - Lägesanalys i Östergötland2018In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 115, p. 185-187, article id EWLMArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Low adherence to recommended pre-participation cardiac evaluation of Swedish athletes Pre-participation cardiac evaluation of athletes is recommended by international organizations like the European Society of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, as well as by the Swedish Sports Confederation. The purpose of the evaluation is to prevent sudden cardiac death in athletes by early identification of individuals at risk. To our knowledge, no previous study has been made regarding the implementation of pre-participation cardiac evaluation of athletes in Sweden. We performed an electronical survey addressing sports clubs in one out of 21 districts in which the Swedish Sports Confederation is geographically divided. Only four out of 22 responding clubs with elite athletes preformed cardiac evaluation. Lack of knowledge about the recommendations as well as how to perform the evaluation were mentioned as reasons not to evaluate the athletes. Our results indicate the need for more information about pre-participation cardiac evaluation of athletes in Sweden.

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