Usefulness of Monitoring Left Ventricular Function by an Ambulatory Radionuclide Detector (VEST) in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease and Postural Hypotension

  • Antonio Nappi
  • Alberto Cuocolo
  • Teodoro Marotta
  • Liberato A. Ferrara
  • Nicolangelo Iazzetta
  • Leonardo Pace
  • Emanuele Nicolai
  • Giuseppe De Michele
  • Marco Salvatore
  • Giuseppe Campanella
  • Alfredo Postiglione
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 44)

Abstract

Autonomic dysfunction is a common feature of Parkinson’s disease (PD), and orthostatic hypotension (OH) is perhaps its most disturbing form.1,2 Moreover, the treatment with levodopa, by diminishing the secretion of renin,3 could further exacerbate the occurrence of OH.4 Several techniques have been utilized to study the dysautonomy of PD patients: the most common are the beat-to-beat variation,5 the controlled-hypertermia heat tolerance test,6 the application of lower body negative pressure7 and the power spectral analysis of heart rate and blood pressure.8

Keywords

Lower Body Negative Pressure7 Power Spectral Analysis Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Measurement Equilibrium Radionuclide Angiography Arterial Pressure Variability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Nappi
    • 1
  • Alberto Cuocolo
    • 1
  • Teodoro Marotta
    • 2
  • Liberato A. Ferrara
    • 2
  • Nicolangelo Iazzetta
    • 2
  • Leonardo Pace
    • 1
  • Emanuele Nicolai
    • 1
  • Giuseppe De Michele
    • 3
  • Marco Salvatore
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Campanella
    • 3
  • Alfredo Postiglione
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuclear Medicine UnitMedical School, University “Federico II”NaplesItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Internal Medicine and Metabolic DiseasesMedical School, University “Federico II”NaplesItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Neurological SciencesMedical School, University “Federico II”NaplesItaly

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