Cardiopulmonary exercise testing for prognosis in chronic heart failure: Continuous and independent prognostic value from VE/VCO2 slope and peak VO2

D. P. Francis, W. Shamim, L. Ceri Davies, M. F. Piepoli, P. Ponikowski, S. D. Anker, A. J S Coats

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Background: Chronic heart failure carries a poor prognosis. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is useful in predicting survival. We set out to establish the prognostic value of peak VO2 and VE/VCO2 slope across a range of threshold values. Method and Results: Three hundred and three consecutive patients with stable chronic heart failure underwent cardiopulmonary exercise testing between 1992 and 1996. Their age was 59 ± 11 years (mean ± SD), peak VO2 17.8 ± 6.6 ml.kg-1 min-1, VE/VCO2 slope 37 ± 12. At the end of follow-up in January 1999, 91 patients had died (after a median of 7 months, interquartile range 3-16 months). The median follow-up for the survivors was 47 months (interquartile range 37-57 months). The areas under the receiver-operating characteristic curves for predicting mortality at 2 years were 0.77 for both peak VO2 and VE/VCO2 slope. With peak VO2 and VE/VCO2 slope viewed as continuous variables in the Cox proportional-hazards model, they were both highly significant prognostic indicators, both in univariate analysis and bivariate analysis (P <0.001 for VE/VCO2 slope, P <0.003 for peak VO2). Conclusions: Lower peak VO2 implies poorer prognosis across a range of values from 10 to 20 ml.kg-1 min-1 without a unique threshold. Gradations of elevation of the VE/VCO2, slope also carry prognostic information over a wide range (30-55). The two parameters are comparable in terms of prognostic power, and contribute complementary prognostic information. (C) 2000 The European Society of Cardiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-161
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Volume21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2000

Keywords

  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Francis, D. P., Shamim, W., Davies, L. C., Piepoli, M. F., Ponikowski, P., Anker, S. D., & Coats, A. J. S. (2000). Cardiopulmonary exercise testing for prognosis in chronic heart failure: Continuous and independent prognostic value from VE/VCO2 slope and peak VO2. European Heart Journal, 21(2), 154-161.