Magnetic Resonance Tagging Reveals Impaired Cardiac Function

Julia Newton’s group at Newcastle University used a new method of assessing the shape, structure and function of the heart in this study of 12 CFS patients and 10 healthy controls. They found that compared to controls, “CFS patients have markedly reduced cardiac mass and blood pool volumes, particularly end diastolic volume: this results in significant impairments in stroke volume and cardiac output compared to controls.” (Journal of Internal Medicine, July 27, 2011; accepted article approved for publication, yet to undergo copy-editing and proof correction.)

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