Study of cardiac function in adults with dengue

Piyush Gugale, Vihita Kulkarni, Arun Bahulikar, Deepak Phalgune


Background: Medical literature has reports of isolated cases of atrioventricular conduction disorders, supraventricular arrhythmias, and myocarditis in dengue fever (DF). There is a paucity of data available in the published literature on the cardiac manifestations of DF from India. The aim of the present study was to assess the cardiac manifestations of DF.

Methods: The 140 patients aged ≥18 years with DF confirmed with a serology-dengue non-structural protein 1 antigen-positive were included for this prospective observational study. Three serial ECGs were taken on day one, day three and day seven or day of discharge. All the patients were evaluated using 2D echo on day one, day seven or day of discharge. The primary outcome measures were to find the incidence and type of echocardiographic abnormalities and electrocardiographic changes in dengue.

Results: The incidence of cardiac abnormalities on ECG and 2D echo was 30 (21.4%), and 5 (7.0%) respectively. On ECG, 14 (10%) 9 (6.4%) 3 (2.1%) 3 (2.1%) and 1 (0.7%) patients had sinus bradycardia, sinus tachycardia, non-specific ST-T changes, right bundle branch block and atrio-ventricular block respectively. On 2D echo, 7 (5.0%), 5 (3.6%) and 1 (0.7%) patient had systolic dysfunction, ejection fraction (<45.0%) and diastolic dysfunction respectively.

Conclusions: The incidence of cardiac abnormalities on ECG and 2D ECHO in dengue patients was considerable. ECG and 2 D echo should be undertaken in patients with DF.


DF, Cardiac abnormalities, ECG, 2 D echo

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