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      Predictors of Cardiovascular Death in Patients with a Left Ventricular Restrictive Filling Pattern of the Mitral Inflow

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          The survival, clinical and echocardiographic variables and the predictors of cardiovascular death were determined for a group of 168 patients (mean age 63 ± 13 years; 65 females; mean left ventricular ejection fraction 32 ± 10%) with restrictive filling of the left ventricle and depressed systolic function after a mean follow-up period of 2.7 ± 1 years. Shorter deceleration time (DT) of the mitral inflow was the only variable significantly different between survivors and nonsurvivors (p < 0.05) and the only predictor of death found by multivariate logistic regression analysis (odds ratio 2.2, 95% confidence interval 1.7–3.6). In this patient population, a DT of the early wave of the mitral inflow <140 ms identified the patients with the highest risk of cardiac death. DT is a practical echocardiographic parameter for risk stratification of patients with significant left ventricular systolic dysfunction and restrictive filling of the left ventricle.

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          Evaluation of Diastolic Filling of Left Ventricle in Health and Disease: Doppler Echocardiography Is the Clinician’s Rosetta Stone

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            Prognostic value of Doppler transmitral flow patterns in patients with congestive heart failure.

            This study was designed to determine whether Doppler echocardiographic transmitral flow patterns can predict cardiac mortality in patients with congestive heart failure. Previous studies have indicated that Doppler transmitral flow patterns are related to New York Heart Association functional class and exercise capacity in patients with congestive heart failure. However, the prognostic significance of these flow patterns is not known. We analyzed the relation of transmitral flow patterns and cardiac mortality in 100 consecutive patients (76 men, 24 women; mean [+/- SD] age 60 +/- 11 years) with congestive heart failure symptoms and left ventricular ejection fraction 140 ms, and a restrictive group (58 patients) with E/A > or = 2 or E/A = 1 to 2 and deceleration time < or = 140 ms. Of 100 patients, 26 died during a mean follow-up period of 16 +/- 8 months. The cumulative cardiac mortality rate determined by the Kaplan-Meier method was 14% at 1 year and 35% at 2 years. Cox proportional hazards model analysis revealed that transmitral flow (restrictive vs. nonrestrictive, chi-square 6.99, p = 0.008), patient gender (female vs. male, chi-square 4.59, p = 0.03) and New York Heart Association functional class (IV vs. II, chi-square 3.95, p = 0.05) were significantly related to cardiac mortality in patients with congestive heart failure. Mortality rate in the restrictive group was markedly higher than that in the nonrestrictive group at 1 year (19% vs. 5%, respectively, p < 0.05) and at 2 years (51% vs. 5%, respectively, p < 0.01) by log-rank test. Relative risk for cardiac death was estimated as 4.1 at 1 year and 8.6 at 2 years in the restrictive group compared with the nonrestrictive group. In patients with congestive heart failure, a restrictive transmitral flow pattern, female gender and advanced functional class are predictive of higher cardiac mortality. The restrictive transmitral flow pattern by Doppler echocardiography is the single best clinical predictor for cardiac death in patients with congestive heart failure.
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              Persistence of restrictive left ventricular filling pattern in dilated cardiomyopathy: an ominous prognostic sign.

              We sought to assess the prognostic implications of the evolution of restrictive left ventricular filling pattern (RFP) in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Previous work has demonstrated that a RFP in DCM is associated with a poor prognosis. Few data are available on the prognostic implications of the evolution of this pattern. The evolution of left ventricular filling was studied by Doppler echocardiography in 110 patients with DCM. According to the left ventricular filling pattern at presentation and after 3 months of treatment, the patients were classified into three groups: Group 1A (n = 24) had persistent restrictive filling; Group 1B (n = 29) had reversible restrictive filling; and Group 2 (n = 57) had nonrestrictive filling. During follow-up (41 +/- 20 months), mortality plus heart transplantations was significantly higher in Group 1A than in Groups 1B and 2 (p < 0.0001). On multivariate analysis, the model incorporating E wave deceleration time at 3 months was more powerful at predicting mortality with respect to this variable at baseline (p = 0.0039). Clinical improvement at 1 and 2 years was significantly more frequent in Groups 1B and 2 than in Group 1A (p < 0.0001 at 2 years). In patients with DCM, the persistence of restrictive filling at 3 months is associated with a high mortality and transplantation rate. The patients with reversible restrictive filling have a high probability of improvement and excellent survival. Doppler echocardiographic reevaluation of these patients after 3 months of therapy gives additional prognostic information with respect to the initial study.

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                S. Karger AG
                November 2004
                24 November 2004
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                aOdessa Heart Institute, Odessa, Tex., bDivision of Cardiology, University of Texas Medical School Houston, Houston, Tex., cSt. Francis Hospital, Stony Brook University, SUNY, Roslyn, N.Y., USA
                81852 Cardiology 2005;103:48–52
                © 2005 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Noninvasive and Diagnostic Cardiology


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