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Am J Cardiol. 1987 Jun 1;59(15):1361-5.

Reproducibility of rest and exercise left ventricular ejection fraction and volumes in chronic aortic regurgitation.


To assess the variability of rest and exercise radionuclide ventriculography in patients with aortic regurgitation (AR), 22 patients in stable condition with chronic AR underwent radionuclide ventriculography at rest and during exercise for measurement of left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction (EF) on 2 occasions 3 months apart. For the group, there were no significant differences between the findings of the 2 studies except for a slightly lower exercise end-systolic volume on the second study. The inter-study differences and variabilities (expressed as the standard deviation of differences) for rest and exercise EF and change in EF were 0 +/- 0.04, +0.02 +/- 0.05 and +0.01 +/- 0.05, respectively. Thus, although mean differences were minor, considerable individual variability occurred, the magnitude of which was similar to that reported for other patient populations. In 3 patients who had an initial normal response to exercise (increase in EF greater than or equal to 0.05), the response became abnormal and in 2 who initially had an abnormal response, the response normalized. This variability must be considered in clinical decision-making or in research study design for patients with chronic AR.

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