Influence of exertional oscillatory ventilation on exercise performance in heart failure

Jean Paul Schmid, Anna Apostolo, Laura Antonioli, Gaia Cattadori, Marzena Zurek, Mauro Contini, Piergiuseppe Agostoni

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Background: Exertional oscillatory ventilation (EOV) in heart failure may potentiate the negative effects of low cardiac output and high ventilation on exercise performance. We hypothesized that the presence of EOV might, per se, influence exercise capacity as evaluated by maximal cardiopulmonary exercise test. Methods and results: We identified 78 severe chronic heart failure patient pairs with and without EOV. Patients were matched for sex, age and peak oxygen consumption (VO2). Patients with EOV showed, for the same peak VO2, a lower workload (WL) at peak (ΔWatts=5.8±23.0, P=0.027), a less efficient ventilation (higher VE/VCO2 slope: 38.0±8.3 vs. 32.8±6.3, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-692
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • Cardiopulmonary exercise test
  • Exercise capacity
  • Oxygen consumption
  • Periodic breathing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Epidemiology


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