Systolic time intervals (STI) were measured before and after exercise in 18 diabetic adolescents (D) and 18 age- and sex-matched nondiabetic controls (C). At similar heart rates, pre-exercise pre-ejection period (PEP) and left ventricular ejection time (LVET) were significantly shorter in D compared to C (p<0.05). There was no difference between the two groups in the PEP/LVET ratio. Following exercise there were no differences in STIs between groups. However, the change in PEP and LVET from pre- to postexercise was significantly less in D compared to C (delta PEP 38 vs. 53±3 msec, p<0.01; delta LVET 120 vs. 134±4 msec, p<0.05). These data suggest a hypercontractile state at rest in D and a blunted response to exercise when compared to C. This study provides data that may be relevant to the early identification of individuals at risk for premature diabetic cardiomyopathy.
Campaigne, James, Reimar, and Mays are with the Div. of Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45229-2899. Landt is with Hitchcock Clinic, Manchester, NH. Sperling is with the Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.