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Systolic and Diastolic Function in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

As published in PLOS ONE – a peer-reviewed, open access science journal

by lead author Dr. Bonnie E. Legg Ditterline

Study findings on how biological sex and spinal cord injury affect cardiac function.

Individuals with spinal cord injury develop cardiovascular disease more than age-matched, non-injured cohorts. However, progression of systolic and diastolic dysfunction into cardiovascular disease after spinal cord injury is not well described. We sought to investigate the relationship between systolic and diastolic function in chronic spinal cord injury to describe how biological sex, level, severity, and duration of injury correlate with structural changes in the left ventricle.

This publication was authored by:

  • Bonnie E. Legg Ditterline, PhD
  • Shelley Wade, BA, RDCS
  • Beatrice Ugiliweneza, PhD, MSPH
  • Narayana Sarma V. Singam, MD
  • Susan J. Harkema, PhD
  • Marcus F. Stoddard, MD, FACC, FASE
  • Glenn A. Hirsch, MD, MHS, FACC

Read the Complete Article in PLOS ONE.

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