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Effect of increased blood flow on pulmonary circulation before and during high altitude acclimatization


Hilty, Matthias Peter; Müller, Andrea; Flück, Daniela; Siebenmann, Christoph; Rasmussen, Peter; Keiser, Stefanie; Auinger, Katja; Lundby, Carsten; Maggiorini, Marco (2016). Effect of increased blood flow on pulmonary circulation before and during high altitude acclimatization. High Altitude Medicine & Biology, 17(4):305-314.

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Matthias Peter Hilty, Andrea Mueller, Daniela Flück, Christoph Siebenmann, Peter Rasmussen, Stefanie Keiser, Katja Auinger, Carsten Lundby, and Marco Maggiorini. Effect of increased blood flow on the pulmonary circulation before and during high altitude acclimatization. High Alt Med Biol. 17:305-314, 2016.-Introduction and Methods: Acute exposure to high altitude increases pulmonary artery pressure (Ppa) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The evolution of Ppa and PVR with continuous hypoxic exposure remains, however, elusive. To test the hypothesis that altitude exposure leads to a persistent elevation in Ppa and PVR throughout acclimatization in seven healthy male subjects, echocardiography was performed at sea level (SL; 488 m) weekly during a 4-week sojourn at 3454 m (HA1-HA4) and upon return (SL2). Pulmonary artery catheterization and bilateral thigh cuff release maneuver were performed at SL and HA3 to study the properties of pulmonary circulation after 3 weeks of acclimatization.
RESULTS: Pulmonary artery catheter determined that systolic Ppa (mean ± SEM) was increased from 20 ± 1 at SL to 27 ± 2 mmHg at HA3 (p < 0.01). Echocardiography assessed that systolic Ppa remained equally increased throughout acclimatization (26 ± 2, 25 ± 2, 25 ± 2, and 24 ± 2 mmHg at HA1-HA4; p = 0.93) and returned to baseline upon return (17 ± 2, 18 ± 1 mmHg at SL, SL2; p = 0.3). The same was shown for PVR. Right heart function remained unaffected. Thigh cuff release maneuvers at SL and HA3 resulted in similar increase in cardiac output (2.5 ± 0.5 and 2.2 ± 0.4 L/min; p = 0.61) without affecting mean Ppa.
CONCLUSIONS: Prolonged altitude exposure leads to a persistent increase in Ppa and PVR without affecting right heart function and is fully reversible within 1 week after return to SL. The thigh cuff release maneuver-induced increase in cardiac output suggests a preserved ability of pulmonary circulation to cope with sudden remarkable increase in pulmonary blood flow throughout acclimatization.

Abstract

Matthias Peter Hilty, Andrea Mueller, Daniela Flück, Christoph Siebenmann, Peter Rasmussen, Stefanie Keiser, Katja Auinger, Carsten Lundby, and Marco Maggiorini. Effect of increased blood flow on the pulmonary circulation before and during high altitude acclimatization. High Alt Med Biol. 17:305-314, 2016.-Introduction and Methods: Acute exposure to high altitude increases pulmonary artery pressure (Ppa) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The evolution of Ppa and PVR with continuous hypoxic exposure remains, however, elusive. To test the hypothesis that altitude exposure leads to a persistent elevation in Ppa and PVR throughout acclimatization in seven healthy male subjects, echocardiography was performed at sea level (SL; 488 m) weekly during a 4-week sojourn at 3454 m (HA1-HA4) and upon return (SL2). Pulmonary artery catheterization and bilateral thigh cuff release maneuver were performed at SL and HA3 to study the properties of pulmonary circulation after 3 weeks of acclimatization.
RESULTS: Pulmonary artery catheter determined that systolic Ppa (mean ± SEM) was increased from 20 ± 1 at SL to 27 ± 2 mmHg at HA3 (p < 0.01). Echocardiography assessed that systolic Ppa remained equally increased throughout acclimatization (26 ± 2, 25 ± 2, 25 ± 2, and 24 ± 2 mmHg at HA1-HA4; p = 0.93) and returned to baseline upon return (17 ± 2, 18 ± 1 mmHg at SL, SL2; p = 0.3). The same was shown for PVR. Right heart function remained unaffected. Thigh cuff release maneuvers at SL and HA3 resulted in similar increase in cardiac output (2.5 ± 0.5 and 2.2 ± 0.4 L/min; p = 0.61) without affecting mean Ppa.
CONCLUSIONS: Prolonged altitude exposure leads to a persistent increase in Ppa and PVR without affecting right heart function and is fully reversible within 1 week after return to SL. The thigh cuff release maneuver-induced increase in cardiac output suggests a preserved ability of pulmonary circulation to cope with sudden remarkable increase in pulmonary blood flow throughout acclimatization.

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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
Language:English
Date:December 2016
Deposited On:15 Mar 2017 11:44
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 12:26
Publisher:Mary Ann Liebert
ISSN:1527-0297
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1089/ham.2016.0004
PubMed ID:27754698

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