New reference tables and user-friendly Internet application for predicted heart weights.

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Title
New reference tables and user-friendly Internet application for predicted heart weights.
Journal
International journal of legal medicine
Author(s)
Vanhaebost J., Faouzi M., Mangin P., Michaud K.
ISSN
1437-1596 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0937-9827
Publication state
Published
Issued date
07/2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
128
Number
4
Pages
615-620
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
Knowledge of normal heart weight ranges is important information for pathologists. Comparing the measured heart weight to reference values is one of the key elements used to determine if the heart is pathological, as heart weight increases in many cardiac pathologies. The current reference tables are old and in need of an update.
The purposes of this study are to establish new reference tables for normal heart weights in the local population and to determine the best predictive factor for normal heart weight. We also aim to provide technical support to calculate the predictive normal heart weight.
The reference values are based on retrospective analysis of adult Caucasian autopsy cases without any obvious pathology that were collected at the University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne from 2007 to 2011. We selected 288 cases. The mean age was 39.2 years. There were 118 men and 170 women. Regression analyses were performed to assess the relationship of heart weight to body weight, body height, body mass index (BMI) and body surface area (BSA).
The heart weight increased along with an increase in all the parameters studied. The mean heart weight was greater in men than in women at a similar body weight. BSA was determined to be the best predictor for normal heart weight. New reference tables for predicted heart weights are presented as a web application http://calc.chuv.ch/Heartweight#use
that enable the comparison of heart weights observed at autopsy with the reference values.
The reference tables for heart weight and other organs should be systematically updated and adapted for the local population. Web access and smartphone applications for the predicted heart weight represent important investigational tools.
Keywords
Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Body Mass Index, Body Weight, Cell Phone, Child, Child, Preschool, European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Forensic Pathology, Heart/anatomy & histology, Humans, Infant, Internet, Male, Middle Aged, Organ Size, Reference Values, Regression Analysis, Retrospective Studies, Sex Factors, Software, Switzerland, Young Adult
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