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Strong cardiovascular prognostic implication of quantitative left atrial contractile function assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in patients with chronic hypertension

Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2011;13(1):42 DOI 10.1186/1532-429X-13-42


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Journal Title: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

ISSN: 1097-6647 (Print); 1532-429X (Online)

Publisher: BMC

Society/Institution: Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Internal medicine: Specialties of internal medicine: Diseases of the circulatory (Cardiovascular) system

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Tsang Sui

Khin Maung

Jerosch-Herold Michael

Steel Kevin

Kaminski Matthew

Hauser Thomas

Kwong Raymond Y


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Time From Submission to Publication: 20 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

<p>Abstract</p> <p>Background</p> <p>Progressive left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction due to hypertension (HTN) alters left atrial (LA) contractile function in a predictable manner. While increased LA size is a marker of LV diastolic dysfunction and has been shown to be predictive of adverse cardiovascular outcomes, the prognostic significance of altered LA contractile function is unknown.</p> <p>Methods</p> <p>A consecutive group of patients with chronic hypertension but without significant valvular disease or prior MI underwent clinically-indicated CMR for assessment of left ventricular (LV) function, myocardial ischemia, or viability. Calculation of LA volumes used in determining LA emptying functions was performed using the biplane area-length method.</p> <p>Results</p> <p>Two-hundred and ten patients were included in this study. During a median follow-up of 19 months, 48 patients experienced major adverse cardiac events (MACE), including 24 deaths. Decreased LA contractile function (LAEF<sub>Contractile</sub>) demonstrated strong unadjusted associations with patient mortality, non-fatal events, and all MACE. For every 10% reduction of LAEF<sub>Contractile</sub>, unadjusted hazards to MACE, all-cause mortality, and non-fatal events increased by 1.8, 1.5, and 1.4-folds, respectively. In addition, preservation of the proportional contribution from LA contraction to total diastolic filling (Contractile/Total ratio) was strongly associated with lower MACE and patient mortality. By multivariable analyses, LAEF<sub>Contractile </sub>was the strongest predictor in each of the best overall models of MACE, all-cause mortality, and non-fatal events. Even after adjustment for age, gender, left atrial volume, and LVEF, LAEF<sub>Contractile </sub>maintained strong independent associations with MACE (p < 0.0004), all-cause mortality (p < 0.0004), and non-fatal events (p < 0.0004).</p> <p>Conclusions</p> <p>In hypertensive patients at risk for left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, a decreased contribution of LA contractile function to ventricular filling during diastole is strongly predictive of adverse cardiac events and death.</p>