Abstract 2202: The Effect of Catecholamine Stress on Myocardial Relaxation in Obese Subjects
Obesity is associated with diastolic dysfunction at rest. However, it is unknown whether this is exacerbated during stress, i.e. whether the “relaxation reserve” of the heart is impaired in obesity. We aimed to determine the effect of simulated exercise on diastolic function in obese subjects without co-morbidity, and compared this to normal weight subjects.
Method 45 healthy subjects (28 obese, BMI 39.8 ± 8.0 &17 lean controls 21.6 ± 1.6) were enrolled into the study. All subjects were screened for identifiable cardiac risk factors and excluded if present. All subjects underwent CMR imaging for peak diastolic peak filling rate (PFR, derived from LV volume time curves, normalized to end-diastolic volume) 11 of the normal weight and 20 obese subjects underwent repeat assessment of diastolic function during dobutamine infusion.
Results At rest, obesity was associated with a 20% reduction in LV peak filling rate (3.6 ± 0.8 vs 4.6 ± 1.0 ml/s, p=0.01). As would be expected from the action of dobutamine, in normal weight subjects, with an increase in heart rate (HR) of 60% during stress (from 63 ± 9 to 99 ± 15 bpm) there was a 66% increase in maximal PFR ; furthermore, HR and diastolic function showed a close linear correlation (R2 0.86, p<0.001). In contrast, in obese subjects, a 62% increase in HR (from 65 ± 9 to 105 ± 9) resulted in a significantly smaller, 37% (vs 66%, p<0.05) increase in PFR,Figure 1⇓. Furthermore, the correlation between HR and diastolic function was no longer significant,(p=0.24).
Conclusion Similar levels of stress result in significantly smaller increases in diastolic PFR in obese compared to lean controls. Thus, the “relaxation reserve” of the heart is impaired in obesity.