Warm water immersion in patients with chronic heart failure: A pilot study

Shah, P., Pellicori, P. , Kallvikbacka-Bennett, A., Zhang, J., Pan, D. and Clark, A. L. (2018) Warm water immersion in patients with chronic heart failure: A pilot study. Clinical Research in Cardiology, (doi:10.1007/s00392-018-1376-2) (PMID:30267153) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Background: Patients with chronic conditions, such as heart failure, swim regularly and most rehabilitation exercises are conducted in warm hydrotherapy pools. However, little is known about the acute effects of warm water immersion (WWI) on cardiac haemodynamics in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Methods: Seventeen patients with CHF (NYHA I and II; mean age 67 years, 88% male, mean left ventricular ejection fraction 33%) and 10 age-matched normal subjects were immersed up to the neck in a hydrotherapy pool (33-35°C). Cardiac haemodynamics were measured non-invasively, and echocardiography was performed at baseline, during WWI, 3 minutes after kicking in the supine position and after emerging. Results: In patients with CHF, compared to baseline, WWI immediately increased stroke volume (SV, mean ±standard deviation; from 65 ±21 to 82 ±22 ml, P<0.001), cardiac output (CO, from 4.4 ±1.4 to 5.7 ±1.6 L/min, P<0.001) and cardiac index (CI, from 2.3 ±0.6 to 2.9 ±0.70 L/min/m², P<0.001) with decreased systemic vascular resistance (from 1881 ±582 to 1258 ±332 dynes/sec/cm5, P<0.001) and systolic blood pressure (132 ±21 to 115 ±23 mmHg, P<0.001). The haemodynamic changes persisted for 15 minutes of WWI. In normal subjects, compared to baseline, WWI increased SV (from 68 ±11 to 80 ±18 ml, P<0.001), CO (from 5.1±1.9 to 5.7±1.8 L/min, P<0.001) and CI (from 2.7± 0.9 to 2.9± 1.0 L/min/m², P<0.001). In patients with CHF, compared to baseline, WWI caused an increase in left atrial volume (from 57 ±44 to 72 ±46 ml, P=0.04), without any changes in left ventricular size or function or amino terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide. Conclusions: In patients with CHF, WWI causes an acute increase in cardiac output and a fall in systemic vascular resistance.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The research leading to these results has received funding from the Hull & East Riding Cardiac Trust Fund (Registered with the Charity Commission No. 252918).
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pellicori, Dr Pierpaolo
Authors: Shah, P., Pellicori, P., Kallvikbacka-Bennett, A., Zhang, J., Pan, D., and Clark, A. L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:Clinical Research in Cardiology
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1861-0684
ISSN (Online):1861-0692
Published Online:28 September 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Clinical Research in Cardiology 2018
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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