Table 2

Conventional echo Doppler parameters

Systemic sclerosis (n=35) mean (SD)Controls (n=25)
mean (SD)
Analysis of variance
p Value
EDD (mm)44.5 (4.1)45.7 (3.6)0.21
FS (%)39.2 (6.4)40.7 (6.2)0.31
LA (mm)32.4 (5.9)31.3 (4.0)0.39
Sthd (mm)9.3 (1.1)8.2 (1.1)0.02
Pwthd (mm)8.9 (1.2)8.0 (1.2)0.06
LVMi (BS) (g/m2)83.7 (20.2)81.5 (19.8)0.18
Peak E (m/sec)0.69 (0.22)0.80 (0.21)0.07
Peak A (m/sec)0.70 (0.12)0.57 (0.13)0.007
E/A ratio1.03 (0.42)1.44 (0.28)0.001
  • EDD = end diastolic diameter; FS = fractional shortening; Sthd = diastolic interventricular septum thickness; Pwthd = diastolic posterior wall thickness; LVMi (BS) (g/m2) = left ventricular mass index (body surface indexed); LA = left atrium dimension.