Table 2

 Haemodynamic, myocardial perfusion, and strain rate values

All patients with SSc (n = 18)Diffuse cutaneous SSc (n = 10)Limited cutaneous SSc (n = 8)
BaselineNifedipinep ValueBaselineNifedipinep ValueBaselineNifedipinep Value
MRI perfusion index0.19 (0.05)0.26 (0.07)0.00030.20 (0.05)0.26 (0.07)0.00780.17 (0.03)0.25 (0.07)0.01
TDE systolic strain rates (s−1)1.5 (0.4)2.3 (0.6)0.00021.5 (0.5 )2.3 (0.7)0.0051.57 (0.42)2.28 (0.58)0.01
TDE diastolic strain rates (s−1)3.0 (1.2)4.2 (1.6)0.00033.1 (1.4 )4.2 (2.1)0.012.87 (1.03)4.09 (0.67)0.01
Heart beats (/min)70 (13)75 (16)0.0169 (12)74 (13)0.0171 (15)75 (17)0.01
Systolic arterial pressure (mm Hg)125 (21)122 (21)NS124 (18)121 (14)NS125 (23)123 (17)NS
Diastolic arterial pressure (mm Hg)73 (12)70 (11)NS72 (13)71 (9)NS74 (13)71 (10)NS
Systolic pressure-heart rate product8750 (273)9150 (336)NS8556 (216)8591 (182)NS8875 (225)9225 (289)NS