Changes of systolic time intervals in asymptomatic patients with primary hyperlipoproteinemia

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      Previous studies have focused on the usefulness of systolic time intervals to assess changes of myocardial function. In a recent report, hyperlipoproteinemia (HLP) was shown to induce early signs of vascular disease in asymptomatic subjects.
      By means systolic time intervals (STI) we studied left ventricular function in normal subjects and asymptomatic patients with HLP, who showed normal response to exercise on a bicycle ergometer. The results showed mean values of STI for the population in the normal range, according to standards accepted in North American reports. Different values of STI were found when we compared the data of controls with the STI of HLP patients with higher values of PEPI and PEP/LVET and lower values of LVETI in HLP patients.
      These results suggest that hyperlipoproteinemia affects STI in asymptomatic patients, probably as a sign of early impairment of left myocardial function.


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