Publications by authors named "Arij G Beshish"

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Decreased ventricular size and mass mediate the reduced exercise capacity in adolescents and adults born premature.

Early Hum Dev 2021 Sep 24;160:105426. Epub 2021 Jul 24.

Department of Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, United States of America.

Background: Premature birth is associated with lower levels of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) but the underlying mechanisms responsible remain unclear. This study assessed whether differences in cardiac morphology or function mediate differences in CRF among adolescents and young adults born preterm.

Methods: Adolescents and young adults born moderately to extremely premature (gestational age ≤ 32 weeks or birth weight < 1500 g) and age-matched term born participants underwent resting cardiac MRI and maximal exercise testing. Mediation analysis assessed whether individual cardiovascular variables accounted for a significant proportion of the difference in maximal aerobic capacity between groups.

Results: Individuals born preterm had lower VO2max than those born term (41.7 ± 8.6 v 47.5 ± 8.7, p < 0.01). Several variables differed between term and preterm born subjects, including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, mean pulmonary artery pressure, indexed left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDVi), right ventricular end-diastolic volume (RVEDVi), LV mass (LVMi), LV stroke volume index (LVSVi), and LV strain (p < 0.05 for all). Of these variables, LVEDVi, RVEDVi, LVSVi, LVMi, and LV longitudinal strain were significantly related to VO2max (p < 0.05 for all). Significant portions of the difference in VO2max between term and preterm born subjects were mediated by LVEDVi (74.3%, p = 0.010), RVEDVi (50.6%, p = 0.016), and LVMi (43.0%, p = 0.036).

Conclusions: Lower levels of CRF in adolescents and young adults born preterm are mediated by differences in LVEDVi, RVEDVi, and LVMi. This may represent greater risk for long-term cardiac morbidity and mortality in preterm born individuals.
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September 2021

Feasibility of Cardiovascular Four-dimensional Flow MRI during Exercise in Healthy Participants.

Radiol Cardiothorac Imaging 2020 Jun 18;2(3):e190033. Epub 2020 Jun 18.

Departments of Medical Physics (J.A.M., P.A.C., O.W.), Pediatrics (A.G.B., G.P.B., K.N.G., M.W.E.), Medicine (K.N.G.), Biomedical Engineering (M.W.E., O.W.), and Radiology (C.J.F., O.W.), University of Wisconsin, 1111 Highland Ave, Room 1005, Madison, WI 53705.

Purpose: To explore the feasibility of using four-dimensional (4D) flow MRI to quantify blood flow and kinetic energy (KE) in the heart during strenuous exercise.

Materials And Methods: For this prospective study, cardiac 4D flow MRI was performed in 11 healthy young adult participants (eight men, three women; mean age, 26 years ± 1 [standard deviation]) at rest and during exercise with an MRI-compatible exercise stepper between March 2016 and July 2017. Flow was measured in the ascending aorta (AAo) and main pulmonary artery (MPA). KE was quantified in the left and right ventricle. Significant changes in flow and KE during exercise were identified by using tests. Repeatability was assessed with inter- and intraobserver comparisons and an analysis of internal flow consistency.

Results: Nine participants successfully completed both rest and exercise imaging. Internal flow consistency analysis in systemic and pulmonary circulation showed average relative differences of 10% at rest and 16% during exercise. For flow measurements in the AAo and MPA, relative differences between observers never exceeded 6% in any vessel and showed excellent correlation, even during exercise. Relative differences were increased for KE, typically on the order of 30%, with poor interobserver correlation between measurements.

Conclusion: Four-dimensional flow MRI can quantify increases in flow in the AAo and MPA during strenuous exercise and is highly repeatable. KE had reduced repeatability because of suboptimal segmentation methods and requires further development before clinical implementation. © RSNA, 2020See also the commentary by Markl and Lee in this issue.
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June 2020

Association Between Preterm Birth and Arrested Cardiac Growth in Adolescents and Young Adults.

JAMA Cardiol 2020 Aug;5(8):910-919

Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Importance: Premature birth is associated with substantially higher lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease, including arrhythmia, ischemic disease, and heart failure, although the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood.

Objective: To characterize cardiac structure and function in adolescents and young adults born preterm using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Design, Setting, And Participants: This cross-sectional cohort study at an academic medical center included adolescents and young adults born moderately to extremely premature (20 in the adolescent cohort born from 2003 to 2004 and 38 in the young adult cohort born in the 1980s and 1990s) and 52 age-matched participants who were born at term and underwent cardiac MRI. The dates of analysis were February 2016 to October 2019.

Exposures: Premature birth (gestational age ≤32 weeks) or birth weight less than 1500 g.

Main Outcomes And Measures: Main study outcomes included MRI measures of biventricular volume, mass, and strain.

Results: Of 40 adolescents (24 [60%] girls), the mean (SD) age of participants in the term and preterm groups was 13.3 (0.7) years and 13.0 (0.7) years, respectively. Of 70 adults (43 [61%] women), the mean (SD) age of participants in the term and preterm groups was 25.4 (2.9) years and 26.5 (3.5) years, respectively. Participants from both age cohorts who were born prematurely had statistically significantly smaller biventricular cardiac chamber size compared with participants in the term group: the mean (SD) left ventricular end-diastolic volume index was 72 (7) vs 80 (9) and 80 (10) vs 92 (15) mL/m2 for adolescents and adults in the preterm group compared with age-matched participants in the term group, respectively (P < .001), and the mean (SD) left ventricular end-systolic volume index was 30 (4) vs 34 (6) and 32 (7) vs 38 (8) mL/m2, respectively (P < .001). Stroke volume index was also reduced in adolescent vs adult participants in the preterm group vs age-matched participants in the term group, with a mean (SD) of 42 (7) vs 46 (7) and 48 (7) vs 54 (9) mL/m2, respectively (P < .001), although biventricular ejection fractions were preserved. Biventricular mass was statistically significantly lower in adolescents and adults born preterm: the mean (SD) left ventricular mass index was 39.6 (5.9) vs 44.4 (7.5) and 40.7 (7.3) vs 49.8 (14.0), respectively (P < .001). Cardiac strain analyses demonstrated a hypercontractile heart, primarily in the right ventricle, in adults born prematurely.

Conclusions And Relevance: In this cross-sectional study, adolescents and young adults born prematurely had statistically significantly smaller biventricular cardiac chamber size and decreased cardiac mass. Although function was preserved in both age groups, these morphologic differences may be associated with elevated lifetime cardiovascular disease risk after premature birth.
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August 2020

Outpatient intravenous sotalol load to replace 3-day admission oral sotalol load.

HeartRhythm Case Rep 2019 Jul 24;5(7):382-383. Epub 2019 Apr 24.

The University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.

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July 2019

Heart rate recovery after maximal exercise is impaired in healthy young adults born preterm.

Eur J Appl Physiol 2019 Apr 11;119(4):857-866. Epub 2019 Jan 11.

Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA.

Purpose: The long-term implications of premature birth on autonomic nervous system (ANS) function are unclear. Heart rate recovery (HRR) following maximal exercise is a simple tool to evaluate ANS function and is a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease. Our objective was to determine whether HRR is impaired in young adults born preterm (PYA).

Methods: Individuals born between 1989 and 1991 were recruited from the Newborn Lung Project, a prospectively followed cohort of subjects born preterm weighing < 1500 g with an average gestational age of 28 weeks. Age-matched term-born controls were recruited from the local population. HRR was measured for 2 min following maximal exercise testing on an upright cycle ergometer in normoxia and hypoxia, and maximal aerobic capacity (VO) was measured.

Results: Preterms had lower VO than controls (34.88 ± 5.24 v 46.15 ± 10.21 ml/kg/min, respectively, p < 0.05), and exhibited slower HRR compared to controls after 1 and 2 min of recovery in normoxia (absolute drop of 20 ± 4 v 31 ± 10 and 41 ± 7 v 54 ± 11 beats per minute (bpm), respectively, p < 0.01) and hypoxia (19 ± 5 v 26 ± 8 and 39 ± 7 v 49 ± 13 bpm, respectively, p < 0.05). After adjusting for VO, HRR remained slower in preterms at 1 and 2 min of recovery in normoxia (21 ± 2 v 30 ± 2 and 42 ± 3 v 52 ± 3 bpm, respectively, p < 0.05), but not hypoxia (19 ± 3 v 25 ± 2 and 40 ± 4 v 47 ± 3 bpm, respectively, p > 0.05).

Conclusions: Autonomic dysfunction as seen in this study has been associated with increased rates of cardiovascular disease in non-preterm populations, suggesting further study of the mechanisms of autonomic dysfunction after preterm birth.
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April 2019

Early Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Young Adults Born Preterm.

Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2018 12;198(12):1549-1558

Department of Pediatrics.

Premature birth affects 10% of live births in the United States and is associated with alveolar simplification and altered pulmonary microvascular development. However, little is known about the long-term impact prematurity has on the pulmonary vasculature. Determine the long-term effects of prematurity on right ventricular and pulmonary vascular hemodynamics. Preterm subjects ( = 11) were recruited from the Newborn Lung Project, a prospectively followed cohort at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, born preterm with very low birth weight (≤1,500 g; average gestational age, 28 wk) between 1988 and 1991. Control subjects ( = 10) from the same birth years were recruited from the general population. All subjects had no known adult cardiopulmonary disease. Right heart catheterization was performed to assess right ventricular and pulmonary vascular hemodynamics at rest and during hypoxic and exercise stress. Preterm subjects had higher mean pulmonary arterial pressures (mPAPs), with 27% (3 of 11) meeting criteria for borderline pulmonary hypertension (mPAP, 19-24 mm Hg) and 18% (2 of 11) meeting criteria for overt pulmonary hypertension (mPAP ≥ 25 mm Hg). Pulmonary vascular resistance and elastance were higher at rest and during exercise, suggesting a stiffer vascular bed. Preterm subjects were significantly less able to augment cardiac index or right ventricular stroke work during exercise. Among neonatal characteristics, total ventilatory support days was the strongest predictor of adult pulmonary pressure. Young adults born preterm demonstrate early pulmonary vascular disease, characterized by elevated pulmonary pressures, a stiffer pulmonary vascular bed, and right ventricular dysfunction, consistent with an increased risk of developing pulmonary hypertension.
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December 2018

Impaired autonomic function in adolescents born preterm.

Physiol Rep 2018 03;6(6):e13620

Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Preterm birth temporarily disrupts autonomic nervous system (ANS) development, and the long-term impacts of disrupted fetal development are unclear in children. Abnormal cardiac ANS function is associated with worse health outcomes, and has been identified as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. We used heart rate variability (HRV) in the time domain (standard deviation of RR intervals, SDRR; and root means squared of successive differences, RMSSD) and frequency domain (high frequency, HF; and low frequency, LF) at rest, as well as heart rate recovery (HRR) following maximal exercise, to assess autonomic function in adolescent children born preterm. Adolescents born preterm (less than 36 weeks gestation at birth) in 2003 and 2004 and healthy age-matched full-term controls participated. Wilcoxon Rank Sum tests were used to compare variables between control and preterm groups. Twenty-one adolescents born preterm and 20 term-born controls enrolled in the study. Preterm-born subjects had lower time-domain HRV, including SDRR (69.1 ± 33.8 vs. 110.1 ± 33.0 msec, respectively, P = 0.008) and RMSSD (58.8 ± 38.2 vs. 101.5 ± 36.2 msec, respectively, P = 0.012), with higher LF variability in preterm subjects. HRR after maximal exercise was slower in preterm-born subjects at 1 min (30 ± 12 vs. 39 ± 9 bpm, respectively, P = 0.013) and 2 min (52 ± 10 vs. 60 ± 10 bpm, respectively, P = 0.016). This study is the first report of autonomic dysfunction in adolescents born premature. Given prior association of impaired HRV with adult cardiovascular disease, additional investigations into the mechanisms of autonomic dysfunction in this population are warranted.
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March 2018

Effect of body position and oxygen tension on foramen ovale recruitment.

Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2015 Jan 12;308(1):R28-33. Epub 2014 Nov 12.

Department of Pediatrics, Critical Care Division, and the John Rankin Laboratory of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin; Department of Health and Human Physiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

While there is an increased prevalence of stroke at altitude in individuals who are considered to be low risk for thrombotic events, it is uncertain how venous thrombi reach the brain. The patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a recruitable intracardiac shunt between the right and left atrium. We aimed to determine whether body position and oxygen tension affect blood flow through the PFO in healthy adults. We hypothesized that hypoxia and body positions that promote right atrial filling would independently recruit the PFO. Subjects with a PFO (n = 11) performed 11 trials, combining four different fractions of inhaled oxygen (FiO₂) (1.0, 0.21, 0.15, and 0.10) and three positions (upright, supine, and 45° head down), with the exception of FiO₂ = 0.10, while 45° head down. After 5 min in each position, breathing the prescribed oxygen tension, saline bubbles were injected into an antecubital vein and a four-chamber echocardiogram was obtained to evaluate PFO recruitment. We observed a high incidence of PFO recruitment in all conditions, with increased recruitment in response to severe hypoxia and some contribution of body position at moderate levels of hypoxia. We suspect that increased pulmonary vascular pressure, secondary to hypoxia-induced pulmonary vasoconstriction, increased right atrial pressure enough to recruit the PFO. Additionally, we hypothesize that the minor increase in breathing resistance that was added by the mouthpiece, used during experimental trials, affected intrathoracic pressure and venous return sufficiently to recruit the PFO.
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January 2015