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      Defining myocardial tissue abnormalities in end-stage renal failure with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging using native T1 mapping


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          Noninvasive quantification of myocardial fibrosis in end-stage renal disease is challenging. Gadolinium contrast agents previously used for cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are contraindicated because of an association with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. In other populations, increased myocardial native T1 times on cardiac MRI have been shown to be a surrogate marker of myocardial fibrosis. We applied this method to 33 incident hemodialysis patients and 28 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers who underwent MRI at 3.0T. Native T1 relaxation times and feature tracking–derived global longitudinal strain as potential markers of fibrosis were compared and associated with cardiac biomarkers. Left ventricular mass indices were higher in the hemodialysis than the control group. Global, Septal and midseptal T1 times were all significantly higher in the hemodialysis group (global T1 hemodialysis 1171 ± 27 ms vs. 1154 ± 32 ms; septal T1 hemodialysis 1184 ± 29 ms vs. 1163 ± 30 ms; and midseptal T1 hemodialysis 1184 ± 34 ms vs. 1161 ± 29 ms). In the hemodialysis group, T1 times correlated with left ventricular mass indices. Septal T1 times correlated with troponin and electrocardiogram-corrected QT interval. The peak global longitudinal strain was significantly reduced in the hemodialysis group (hemodialysis -17.7±5.3% vs. -21.8±6.2%). For hemodialysis patients, the peak global longitudinal strain significantly correlated with left ventricular mass indices ( R = 0.426), and a trend was seen for correlation with galectin-3, a biomarker of cardiac fibrosis. Thus, cardiac tissue properties of hemodialysis patients consistent with myocardial fibrosis can be determined noninvasively and associated with multiple structural and functional abnormalities.

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                Kidney Int
                Kidney Int
                Kidney International
                1 October 2016
                October 2016
                : 90
                : 4
                : 845-852
                [1 ]Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
                [2 ]University of Dundee, Division of Cardiovascular & Diabetes Medicine, Dundee, Scotland, UK
                Author notes
                [] Correspondence: Elaine Rutherford, Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine, University of Dundee, School of Medicine, Ninewells Hospital, Mailbox 2, Dundee, Scotland DD1 9SY, United Kingdom.Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes MedicineUniversity of DundeeSchool of MedicineNinewells Hospital, Mailbox 2, DundeeScotland DD1 9SYUnited Kingdom e.rutherford@ 123456dundee.ac.uk
                © 2016 International Society of Nephrology.

                This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

                Clinical Investigation


                cardiovascular disease, fibrosis, hemodialysis


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