Left ventricular mass is underestimated in overweight children because of incorrect body size variable chosen for normalization

Hubert Krysztofiak , Marcel Młyńczak , Łukasz A. Małek , Andrzej Folga , Wojciech Braksator


Left ventricular mass normalization for body size is recommended, but a question remains: what is the best body size variable for this normalization—body surface area, height or lean body mass computed based on a predictive equation? Since body surface area and computed lean body mass are derivatives of body mass, normalizing for them may result in underestimation of left ventricular mass in overweight children. The aim of this study is to indicate which of the body size variables normalize left ventricular mass without underestimating it in overweight children. Left ventricular mass assessed by echocardiography, height and body mass were collected for 464 healthy boys, 5–18 years old. Lean body mass and body surface area were calculated. Left ventricular mass z-scores computed based on reference data, developed for height, body surface area and lean body mass, were compared between overweight and non-overweight children. The next step was a comparison of paired samples of expected left ventricular mass, estimated for each normalizing variable based on two allometric equations—the first developed for overweight children, the second for children of normal body mass. The mean of left ventricular mass z-scores is higher in overweight children compared to non-overweight children for normative data based on height (0.36 vs. 0.00) and lower for normative data based on body surface area (-0.64 vs. 0.00). Left ventricular mass estimated normalizing for height, based on the equation for overweight children, is higher in overweight children (128.12 vs. 118.40); however, masses estimated normalizing for body surface area and lean body mass, based on equations for overweight children, are lower in overweight children (109.71 vs. 122.08 and 118.46 vs. 120.56, respectively). Normalization for body surface area and for computed lean body mass, but not for height, underestimates left ventricular mass in overweight children.
Author Hubert Krysztofiak - Instytut Medycyny Doświadczalnej i Klinicznej im. Mirosława Mossakowskiego Polskiej Akademii Nauk [Miroslaw Mossakowski Medical Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences]
Hubert Krysztofiak,,
, Marcel Młyńczak (FM / IMBE)
Marcel Młyńczak,,
- The Institute of Metrology and Biomedical Engineering
, Łukasz A. Małek - Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego Józefa Piłsudskiego w Warszawie (AWF) [Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education]
Łukasz A. Małek,,
, Andrzej Folga - National Centre for Sports Medicine [National Centre for Sports Medicine]
Andrzej Folga,,
, Wojciech Braksator - Medical University of Warsaw (WUM) [Medical University of Warsaw]
Wojciech Braksator,,
Journal seriesPlos One, ISSN 1932-6203
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.7
Article numbere0217637
ASJC Classification1100 General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; 1300 General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; 2700 General Medicine
URL https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0217637
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 100.0, 09-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus Citations = 1; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.111; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.776 (2) - 2018=3.337 (5)
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