Effect of high-dose oral cholecalciferol on cardiac mechanics in children with chronic kidney disease

Deveci M., AYTAÇ M. B. , Altun G., Kayabey O., Babaoglu K.

CARDIOLOGY IN THE YOUNG, vol.27, no.9, pp.1807-1814, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s1047951117001482
  • Title of Journal : CARDIOLOGY IN THE YOUNG
  • Page Numbers: pp.1807-1814


Cardiovascular factors are an important cause of mortality in chronic kidney disease, and vitamin-D deficiency is common in this patient population. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the effect of oral cholecalciferol on cardiac mechanics in children with chronic kidney disease. A total of 41 children with chronic kidney disease - the patient group - and 24 healthy subjects - the control group - free of any underlying cardiac or renal disease with low 25-hydroxyvitamin-D-3 levels were evaluated by conventional tissue Doppler imaging and two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography, both at baseline and following Stoss vitamin-D supplementation. Left ventricular strain and strain rate values were compared between the study groups. Initial longitudinal and radial strain as well as strain rate values of the left ventricle were significantly lower in patients. After vitamin-D supplementation, these improved significantly in patients, whereas no significant change was observed in the control group. Our study showed that, although conventional and tissue Doppler imaging methods could not determine any effect, two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography revealed the favourable effects of high-dose cholecalciferol on cardiac mechanics, implying the importance of vitamin-D supplementation in children with chronic kidney disease.