Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Lung function and left ventricular hypertrophy in morbidly obese candidates for bariatric surgery

Função pulmonar e hipertrofia ventricular esquerda em obesos mórbidos candidatos a cirurgia bariátrica

Paulo de Tarso Müller1,2, Hamilton Domingos3, Luiz Armando Pereira Patusco1,2, Gabriel Victor Guimarães Rapello1

J Bras Pneumol.2015;41(5):427-432

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Objective: To look for correlations between lung function and cardiac dimension variables in morbidly obese patients, in order to test the hypothesis that the relative size of the small airways is independently correlated with left ventricular hypertrophy. Methods: This was a retrospective study involving 192 medical records containing a clinical protocol employed in candidates for bariatric surgery between January of 2006 and December of 2010. Results: Of the 192 patients evaluated, 39 (10 males and 29 females) met the inclusion criteria. The mean BMI of the patients was 49.2 ± 7.6 kg/m2, and the mean age was 35.5 ± 7.7 years. The FEF25-75/FVC, % correlated significantly with left ventricular posterior wall thickness and relative left ventricular posterior wall thickness, those correlations remaining statistically significant (r = −0.355 and r = −0.349, respectively) after adjustment for weight, gender, and history of systemic arterial hypertension. Stepwise multivariate linear regression analysis showed that FVC and FEV1 were the major determinants of left ventricular mass (in grams or indexed to body surface area). Conclusions: A reduction in the relative size of the small airways appears to be independently correlated with obesity-related cardiac hypertrophy, regardless of factors affecting respiratory mechanics (BMI and weight), gender, or history of systemic arterial hypertension. However, FEV1 and FVC might be important predictors of left ventricular mass in morbidly obese individuals.

 


Keywords: Obesity; Spirometry; Echocardiography; Body mass index.

 


 

 


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