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Do whole body impedance cardiography estimates of left ventricular structure, volumes and function correlate with the gold standard of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging?
© Narous et al. 2016
- Published: 27 January 2016
- Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction
- Stroke Volume
- Cardiac Magnetic Resonance
- Receiver Operate Characteristic Curve
- Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is considered a gold standard for assessing left ventricular (LV) structure, volume and function. Impedance cardiography has been purported to provide similar information, including a surrogate measure of LV ejection fraction (EF). We sought to determine whether impedance cardiography estimates correlate with CMR values.
Consecutive patients (n = 204) undergoing a standard clinical CMR using either 1.5T or 3T MRI were enrolled. Whole-body impedance cardiography, using the Non-Invasive Cardiac System (NICaS), was performed within 14 days of the CMR. At least 5 consecutive NICaS measurements, calculated every 20 seconds, were averaged to estimate LV stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO) and the surrogate of an LV EF < 55% (i.e., Granov Goor Index < 10). Short axis cine imaging was performed in accordance with CMR Society guidelines. CMR and NICaS results were compared using linear regression. Bland-Altman (BA) plots were incrementally used to evaluate individual variability in modality correlation over the range of data observed. The capacity of NICaS to predict a CMR-based LV EF < 55% was determined via receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) area under the curve (AUC) analysis.
NICaS estimates of LV structure, volume and function were only modestly correlated with CMR values and the capacity of impedance cardiography to predict CMR values was limited (r2 for CO = 4% and r2 for SV = 11%). Further, significant variability within patients was seen. NICaS was not reliable for identifying patients with a reduced LV EF, as evidenced by a low ROC area under the curve, modest sensitivity and poor specificity. These data do not support the use of NICaS impedance cardiography as a surrogate marker of LV structure, volume and function as compared to the gold standard of CMR.
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