Journal article

Sildenafil enhances central hemodynamic responses to exercise, but not (V)over dot>o(2peak), in people with diabetes mellitus

Timothy J Roberts, Andrew T Burns, Richard J MacIsaac, Andrew I MacIsaac, David L Prior, Andre La Gerche

JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Exercise capacity is frequently reduced in people with diabetes mellitus (DM), and the contribution of pulmonary microvascular dysfunction remains undefined. We hypothesized that pulmonary microvascular disease, measured by a novel exercise echocardiography technique termed pulmonary transit of agitated contrast (PTAC), would be greater in subjects with DM and that the use of pulmonary vasodilator agent sildenafil would improve exercise performance by reducing right ventricular afterload. Forty subjects with DM and 20 matched controls performed cardiopulmonary exercise testing and semisupine exercise echocardiography 1 h after placebo or sildenafil ingestion in a double-blind randomized cros..

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