Table 4

Cardiac response to exercise in alcoholic and non-alcoholic cirrhotic patients

Pre-ascitics Ascitics
Alcoholic Non-alcoholic Alcoholic Non-alcoholic
n 10  8 14  7
Exercise time (min)  6.73 (0.78)  8.47 (0.63)  3.96 (0.30)  4.30 (0.78)
Maximal work performed (kilopon meter)795 (65)933 (62)479 (25)521 (65)
Heart rate at peak exercise (% of predicted) 78 (4) 84 (5) 70 (3) 64 (4)
Increase in EF with exercise (%)  3.1 (0.6)  2.5 (0.9)  2.2 (1.4)  2.3 (1.5)
Increase in CI with exercise (%)246 (24)221 (20)212 (19)225 (22)
Anaerobic threshold (l/min) 12.0 (1.0) 13.8 (1.3)  8.3 (0.8)  8.4 (0.7)
Oxygen consumption (l/min/kg) 23 (2) 28 (3) 14 (1) 13 (2)
  • EF, ejection fraction; CI, cardiac index.