Usefulness of an abnormal cardiovascular response during low-grade head-up tilt-test for discriminating adolescents with chronic fatigue from healthy controls

Am J Cardiol. 2007 Apr 1;99(7):997-1001. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2006.10.067. Epub 2007 Feb 16.


Hemodynamic dysfunction is documented in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This study was conducted to investigate cardiovascular responses to orthostatic stress in adolescents with CFS, using a novel procedure for tilt-table testing. A total of 27 adolescents with CFS and 33 healthy control subjects with equal age and gender distribution underwent 15 minutes of 20 degrees head-up tilt testing. Heart rate, systolic blood pressure (BP), mean BP, diastolic BP, stroke index, total peripheral resistance index, end-diastolic volume index, and acceleration index were continuously and noninvasively recorded. At rest, patients with CFS had higher total peripheral resistance index values (p<0.01) and lower stroke index and end-diastolic volume index values (p<0.05) than controls. During 20 degrees head-up tilt testing, patients with CFS had greater increases in heart rate, diastolic BP (p<0.001), mean BP (p<0.01), and total peripheral resistance index (p<0.05) than controls and greater decreases in stroke index (p<0.05). Syncope or near syncope was not observed. In conclusion, this study found that adolescents with CFS have significant abnormalities of cardiovascular regulation in response to mild orthostatic stress, differentiating them from healthy controls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acceleration
  • Adolescent
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cardiovascular System / physiopathology*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Dizziness / physiopathology
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / diagnosis*
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Norway
  • Posture
  • Stroke Volume
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tilt-Table Test*
  • Time Factors
  • Vascular Resistance