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[en] The following information is missing from the Funding footnote on the first page of the published article: “This study was partly funded by NIH RO1 HL092985.” The last/corresponding author is incorrectly listed on the first page of the published article: The correct name is Abraham MR.
Aim and patientsThe aim of the present study is to evaluate the additional value of systolic wall thickening to myocardial perfusion in diagnosing myocardial stunning in patients with angiography proven coronary artery disease. We selected 91 ischemic patients (82 males; mean age 59.7 ± 10.3) with CAD documented by angiography. Ischemia was defined as a summed difference score ≥5. All patients underwent a 2-day gated perfusion SPECT protocol. The patients received a dose of 740 MBq of 99mTc-tetrofosmin after stress and at rest. Treadmill maximal exercise tests were performed on all patients.
ResultsThe post-stress LVEF was significantly lower than rest LVEF (48.1% ± 10.3% vs 50.3% ± 10.7%; P = .0001). The wall thickening summed difference score was 4.44 ± 4.13 (P = .0001). At a multivariate regression analysis, only WT-SDS as independent variable was significantly correlated with myocardial ischemia (SDS). We also divided patients according to SDS in those with mild (SDS < 8) and severe (SDS ≥ 8) ischemia. WT-SDS, but not ∆LVEF, was significantly different between groups.
ConclusionsWT-SDS, more than the depression in the global function (∆LVEF) of the left ventricle, correlates with the degree of ischemia and better identifies, when present, the stunning phenomenon.
BackgroundIn asymptomatic end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing vasodilator stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) prior to renal transplantation (RT), the impact of pre-transplant heart rate response (HRR) to vasodilator stress on post-RT outcomes is unknown.
MethodsWe analyzed a retrospective cohort of asymptomatic patients with ESRD who underwent a vasodilator stress SPECT-MPI and subsequently received RT. Blunted HRR was defined as HRR <28% for regadenoson stress and <20% for adenosine stress. The primary endpoint was major adverse cardiac events (MACE), defined as cardiac death or myocardial infarction. Clinical risk was assessed using the sum of risk factors set forth by the AHA/ACCF consensus statement on the assessment of RT candidates.
ResultsAmong 352 subjects, 140 had an abnormal pre-transplant HRR. During a mean follow-up of 3.2 ± 2.0 years, 85 (24%) MACEs were observed. Blunted HRR was associated with increased MACE risk (hazard ratio 1.72; 95% confidence interval 1.12-2.63, P = 0.013), and remained significant after adjustment for gender, sum of AHA/ACCF risk factors, summed stress score, baseline heart rate, and β-blocker use. HRR was predictive of MACE in patients with normal MPI and irrespective of clinical risk. Blunted HRR was associated with a significant increase in post-operative (30-day) MACE risk (17.9% vs 8.5%; P = 0.009).
ConclusionIn asymptomatic ESRD patients being evaluated for RT, a blunted pre-transplant HRR was predictive of post-RT MACE. HRR may be a valuable tool in the risk assessment of RT candidates.
BackgroundAcute myocardial infarction (AMI) is considered a major cause of death and disability. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) as a non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedure and certain biomarkers associated with myocardial ischemia (ISCH), such as ischemia-modified albumin (IMA), neuropeptide Y (NPY), N-terminal pro b-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), and high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) could probably aid in the detection of myocardial infarction.
MethodsBetween December 2011 and June 2012, we prospectively analyzed patients who underwent a MPS study with the clinical question of myocardial ISCH. An exercise test was performed along with a MPS. Blood was drawn from the patients before exercise and the within 3 minutes from achieving maximum load and was analyzed for the aforementioned biomarkers.
ResultsA total of 71 patients (56 men and 15 women) were enrolled with a mean age of 61 ± 12 years. Twenty-six patients (36.6%) showed reduced uptake on stress MPS images that normalized at rest, a finding consistent with ISCH. Between ISCH and non-ISCH groups, only hsTnT levels showed a significant difference with the highest levels pertaining to the former group both before (0.0075 ng/ml vs 0.0050 ng/ml, P = 0.023) and after stress exercise (0.0085 vs 0.0050, P = 0.015). The most prominent differences were seen in higher stages of the Bruce protocol (stress duration > 9.05 minutes – P < 0.017). None of the IMA, NPY, and NP-pro BNP showed significant differences in time between the two groups.
ConclusionsAlthough IMA, NPY, and NT-pro BNP may not detect minor ischemic myocardial insults, serum hsTnT holds a greater ability of detecting not only myocardial infarction but also less severe ischemia. Further studies with larger cohorts of patients are warranted in order to better define the role of hsTnT as a screening tool for myocardial ischemia.