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Utility of right ventricular Tei-index for assessing disease severity and determining response to treatment in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.
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PMID:  24012334     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: We sought to evaluate the potential utility of echocardiography-derived morphological and functional right ventricular (RV) variables for assessing disease severity of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and determining the changes in the patient's hemodynamics in the clinical course.
METHODS AND RESULTS: This study consisted of 24 normal controls (the control group) and 24 patients with PAH at rest or with exercise (the PAH group) who underwent echocardiography, right heart catheterization, plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) measurement, and six-minute walk distance (6MWD) test. The PAH group had poorer RV echocardiographic variables than the control group. RV Tei-index was more strongly correlated with 6MWD, BNP, cardiac index, mean pulmonary arterial pressure, and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) than other RV echocardiography-derived variables including RV end-diastolic areas, RV fractional area change, and tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion. In 16 of the 24 patients who successfully underwent repeated examination during follow up (13.3±4.9 months; range, 5-24 months), PVR decreased from 486±380dynescm(-5) to 346±252dynescm(-5), and RV Tei-index decreased from 0.55±0.30 to 0.42±0.17, and the changes in RV Tei-index were correlated with the concomitant changes in PVR during the clinical course of PAH (r=0.706, p=0.002). Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion and RV fractional area change did not change during the follow up.
CONCLUSIONS: Quantitative echocardiography revealed that the measurement of RV Tei-index is of great clinical utility for predicting disease severity of PAH and determining the changes in the patient's hemodynamics in the clinical course.
Yoshito Ogihara; Norikazu Yamada; Kaoru Dohi; Akimasa Matsuda; Akihiro Tsuji; Satoshi Ota; Ken Ishikura; Mashio Nakamura; Masaaki Ito
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-9-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1876-4738     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiol     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-9-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804703     Medline TA:  J Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Japanese College of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Cardiology and Nephrology, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, Tsu, Mie, Japan.
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