Hemodialysis is associated with a fall in myocardial perfusion and may induce regional left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction. The pathophysiology of this entity is incompletely understood, and the contribution of ultrafiltration and diffusive dialysis has not been studied. We investigated the effect of isolated ultrafiltration and isovolemic dialysis on myocardial perfusion and LV function. Eight patients (7 male, aged 55 = 18 yr) underwent 60 min of isolated ultrafiltration and 60 min of isovolemic dialysis in randomized order. Myocardial perfusion was assessed by 13 N-NH 3 positron emission tomography before and at the end of treatment. LV systolic function was assessed by echocardiography. Regional LV systolic dysfunction was defined as an increase in wall motion score in ≥2 segments. Isolated ultrafiltration (ultrafiltration rate 13.6 = 3.9 ml·kg +1 ·h +1 ) induced hypovolemia, whereas isovolemic dialysis did not (blood volume change ±6.4 = 2.2 vs. ±1.3 = 3.6%). Courses of blood pressure, heart rate, and tympanic temperature were comparable for both treatments. Global and regional myocardial perfusion did not change significantly during either isolated ultrafiltration or isovolemic dialysis and did not differ between treatments. LV ejection fraction and the wall motion score index did not change significantly during either treatment. Regional LV systolic dysfunction developed in one patient during isolated ultrafiltration and in three patients during isovolemic dialysis. In conclusion, global and regional myocardial perfusion was not compromised by 60 min of isolated ultrafiltration or isovolemic dialysis. Regional LV systolic dysfunction developed during isolated ultrafiltration and isovolemic dialysis, suggesting that, besides hypovolemia, dialysis-associated factors may be involved in the pathogenesis of hemodialysis-induced regional LV dysfunction.
- Cardiac stunning
- Myocardial perfusion