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Going beyond ejection fraction - CMR assessment of ventricular-vascular coupling and LV remodeling predicts diastolic dysfunction in advanced ischemic cardiomyopathy


Increased ventricular and arterial stiffness is associated with diastolic dysfunction (DDFx) in patients with heart failure and preserved systolic function. Limited information is available regarding the impact of aortic biomechanics and the ventricular-vascular coupling (VVC) on DDFx in those patients with advanced ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM). In addition, it is not known if cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) measurements of LV remodeling (sphericity and scar burden) can also contribute to prediction of DDFx in these patients. We sought to examine the relationship between aortic biomechanical properties (ascending and descending distensibility, arch pulse wave velocity), ventricular-ventricular coupling (defined as the ratio between LV end-systolic elastance and effective arterial elastance), LV remodeling assessed by CMR and diastolic function assessed by echocardiography in patients with advanced ICM.


Patients were selected if they had undergone TTE and CMR studies within 7 days (median=1 day). 354 patients with LVEF ≤ 40% and ≥ 70% stenosis in ≥1 coronary artery but without prior mitral valve surgery, fused E/A waves, atrial fibrillation or > moderate mitral regurgitation were screened. Of those, 84 patients were excluded due to poor CMR image quality from artifacts and/or suboptimal temporal resolution. A total 270 charts were reviewed for demographic and laboratorial data. Diastolic function assessment was performed as per guidelines. Aortic biomechanics were measured using previously validated software (ARTFUN, INSERM U678, Paris, France) using semi-automated tracing of aortic contours with phase-contrast images and through-plane velocity encoding of the ascending and descending aorta. CMR evaluation also included long and short axis assessment of LV sphericity and function respectively on balanced steady state free precession images along with assessment of myocardial scar (on phase-sensitive inversion recovery DHE-CMR sequence ~ 10-20 minutes). Multivariate linear regression analysis was done to identify the independent predictors of DDFx.


Males represented 76% of the cohort with a mean age of 62 ± 10 years. Mean LVEF was 23 ± 5% and DDFx was classified as either: stage 1 (44%), stage 2 (25%) or stage 3 (31%). The independent predictors of impaired diastolic function (stage > 1) are listed on Table 1.

Table 1 Multivariate predictors of LV diastolic dysfunction (*)


In patients with advanced ICM, CMR assessment of VVC, LV sphericity and scar burden are independent predictors of DDFx. Aortic biomechanical properties are not independently associated with diastolic dysfunction.



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Cavalcante, J.L., Popovic, Z.B., Hachamovitch, R. et al. Going beyond ejection fraction - CMR assessment of ventricular-vascular coupling and LV remodeling predicts diastolic dysfunction in advanced ischemic cardiomyopathy. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 15 (Suppl 1), P193 (2013).

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