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Evaluation of longitudinal myocardial deformation by 2-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in heart transplant recipients: Relation to coronary allograft vasculopathy.
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PMID:  25108908     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Coronary allograft vasculopathy (CAV) in heart transplant (HTx) recipients is characterized by diffuse affection of epicardial and intramyocardial coronary vessels. Despite significant CAV and anticipated affected myocardial function, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is often within the normal range, indicating the need of more sophisticated non-invasive methods to detect impaired myocardial function caused by CAV. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) represents a new echocardiographic measurement of systolic myocardial deformation. The aim of the study was to evaluate the relation between GLS measured by 2-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography and CAV in HTx patients.
METHODS: The study included 178 HTx patients and 20 healthy, age-matched individuals. All patients had an extensive echocardiographic evaluation and coronary angiography assessing CAV. CAV was classified according to International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation classification (CAV0-3).
RESULTS: CAV was seen in 38.8% of patients. Compared with controls (-20.6% ± 1.4%), GLS was significantly reduced according to the degree of CAV (CAV0, -16.7% ± 2.4%; CAV1, -15.2% ± 2.9%; CAV2-3, -14.0% ± 3.8%; controls, -20.6% ±1.4%; pTREND < 0.0001). In addition, we found decreasing peak systolic mitral annular velocities (pTREND = 0.0040), tissue-tracking values (pTREND = 0.0002), and LVEF according to CAV class (CAV0, 65.3% ± 5.4%; CAV2-3, 56.9% ± 11.7%; pTREND < 0.0001). The HTx population showed significant restrictive physiology compared with the control population, but no significant correlation was seen between CAV class and traditional diastolic parameters such as E/A ratio (pTREND = 0.38) or E-deceleration time (pTREND = 0.14).
CONCLUSIONS: In contrast to LVEF and conventional pulsed mitral Doppler flow parameters used in the CAV classification, GLS relates to the presence and degree of CAV. The present results suggest GLS as a new method to be included in the monitoring of graft function in relation to CAV.
Tor Skibsted Clemmensen; Brian Bridal Løgstrup; Hans Eiskjær; Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-7-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1557-3117     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Heart Lung Transplant.     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
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Created Date:  2014-8-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102703     Medline TA:  J Heart Lung Transplant     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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