Cardiovascular changes during whole body hyperthermia treatment of advanced malignancy

  • N. S. Faithfull
  • H. S. Reinhold
  • A. P. van den Berg
  • G. C. van Rhoon
  • J. van der Zee
  • J. L. Wike-Hooley


Cardiovascular studies were carried out on patients subjected to whole body hyperthermia treatment for advanced malignancy in order to assess the magnitude of the changes occurring and the degree of strain imposed on the system. The subjects, who were anaesthetised with a nitrous oxide/oxygen and relaxant sequence, were heated in a modified Siemens hyperthermia cabin and maintained at a body temperature of 41.8‡ C for 2 h. The results of 30 treatments are presented. Large increases in cardiac output and heart rate were accompanied by large decreases in peripheral resistance in both the systemic and pulmonary vascular beds. The pulmonary arterial pressure rose whereas that in the systemic circulation fell. This caused right ventricular work to increase proportionately more than left ventricular work. Care should be exercised when subjecting patients with limited right ventricular function to this treatment.

Key words

Hyperthermia Cardiovascular changes Human Malignancy treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. S. Faithfull
    • 1
  • H. S. Reinhold
    • 2
  • A. P. van den Berg
    • 2
  • G. C. van Rhoon
    • 2
  • J. van der Zee
    • 2
  • J. L. Wike-Hooley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesia, Division of Experimental AnaesthesiaErasmus UniversityDR RotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Experimental RadiotherapyRotterdam Radiotherapeutic InstituteEA RotterdamThe Netherlands

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