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Hostettler, S; Brechbühl, J; Leuthold, L; Mueller, G; Illi, S K; Spengler, C M (2011). Reliability of non-invasive cardiac output measurement in individuals with tetraplegia. Spinal Cord, 49(5):665-671.

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Study design:The study is conducted on the basis of comparative-repeated measures.Objectives:The objective of this study is to assess the reliability of non-invasive cardiac output (CO) measurements in individuals with tetraplegia (TP) at rest and during exercise using Innocor, and to test the hypothesis that CO measurements are less reliable in TP than in able-bodied (AB) individuals.Setting:Ambulatory volunteers, Switzerland.Methods:Nine male motor-complete TP (C5-C7) and nine pair-matched AB performed repeated CO measurements at rest and during submaximal arm-crank and wheelchair exercises in four different test sessions. Within- and between-day reliabilities were compared between TP and AB.Results:Mean differences between measurements at rest (TP vs AB, within-day: 0.1±0.5 vs 0.2±0.6 l min(-1), between-day: -0.7±0.6 vs -0.1±0.8 l min(-1)), during arm-crank (TP vs AB, within-day: 0.1±0.9 vs 0.5±0.7 l min(-1), between-day: -0.3±1.1 vs 0.0±1.1 l min(-1)) and wheelchair exercises (TP vs AB, within-day: 0.3±1.2 vs -0.1±0.8 l min(-1), between-day: 0.1±1.1 vs 0.5±0.9 l min(-1)) were not significantly different between TP and AB (all P>0.05). Coefficients of variation in TP (within-day, rest: 6.8%, arm-crank: 9.6% and wheelchair: 10.8%; between-day, rest: 11.9%, arm-crank: 11.2% and wheelchair: 10.3%) and in AB (within-day, rest: 7.7%, arm crank: 6.8% and wheelchair: 6.0%; between-day, rest: 9.2%, arm crank: 8.5% and wheelchair: 8.0%) indicated acceptable reliability.Conclusion:In contrast to our hypothesis, we found non-invasive CO measurements using Innocor to be as reliable in TP as they are in AB. Consequently, Innocor can be recommended for repeated assessments of CO in TP within routine diagnostics or for evaluation of training progress.Sponsorship:The study was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Grant no. 32-116777).Spinal Cord advance online publication, 21 December 2010; doi:10.1038/sc.2010.173.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology

04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:06 Feb 2011 18:34
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:43
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Publisher DOI:10.1038/sc.2010.173
PubMed ID:21173780

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