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Significant Association Between Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction, Left Atrial Performance and Liver Stiffness in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Authors Parvanescu T, Vitel A, Sporea I, Mare R, Buz B, Bordejevic DA, Tomescu MC, Arnautu SF, Morariu VI, Citu IM

Received 7 January 2021

Accepted for publication 26 February 2021

Published 9 April 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 1535—1545


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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Juei-Tang Cheng

Tudor Parvanescu,1 Andrei Vitel,1 Ioan Sporea,2 Ruxandra Mare,2 Bogdan Buz,1 Diana Aurora Bordejevic,1 Mirela Cleopatra Tomescu,1 Sergiu Florin Arnautu,3 Vlad Ioan Morariu,1 Ioana Mihaela Citu1

1Cardiology Department, Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania; 2Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania; 3Department of Neurology, Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania

Correspondence: Diana Aurora Bordejevic
Cardiology Department, Victor Babe” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 2nd Eftimie Murgu Square, Timisoara, Romania
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Bogdan Buz
Cardiology Department, “Victor Babes” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 2nd Eftimie Murgu Square, Timisoara, Romania
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Purpose: The constitutive elements of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) are linked with both non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and cardiovascular disease. Controlled attenuation parameter (CAP), and vibration controlled transient elastography (VCTE), are able to detect and quantify NAFLD, while conventional and two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) is capable to identify subclinical changes in cardiac function. We wanted to evaluate whether there is any correspondence between left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction and different degrees of liver steatosis and fibrosis in MetS subjects with NAFLD.
Patients and Methods: A total of 150 adult subjects having MetS and a normal left ventricular (LV) systolic function were recorded in the study, while 150 age- and sex- matched adults without MetS were enrolled as controls. NAFLD was established by VCTE and CAP. The left heart systolic and diastolic function was evaluated by conventional and 2D-ST echocardiography. Left atrial (LA) stiffness was calculated as the ratio between the E/A ratio and the LA reservoir-strain.
Results: In univariate regression analysis, the variables associated with LV diastolic dysfunction in MetS patients were: liver steatosis grade ≥ 2, liver fibrosis grade ≥ 2, the longitudinal LA peak strain during the reservoir phase, the LA strain rate during ventricular contraction and the LA stiffness. In multivariate logistic regression, two variables were selected as independent predictors of LV diastolic dysfunction, namely the liver stiffness (P=0.0003) and the LA stiffness (P< 0.0001). LA stiffness predicted subclinical LV diastolic dysfunction in MetS patients with a sensitivity of 45% and a specificity of 96% when using a cut-off value > 0.38, and was significantly correlated with liver steatosis stage ≥ 2 and liver fibrosis stage ≥ 2.
Conclusion: The present study confirms the association between liver stiffness, LA stiffness and LV diastolic dysfunction in MetS patients. Our study suggests that liver elastography and 2D-STE should become habitual assessments in MetS patients.

Keywords: metabolic syndrome, strain and strain‑rate imaging, left atrial stiffness, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, liver elastography, liver steatosis and fibrosis

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