Prognostic value of transient ischemic dilation with regadenoson myocardial perfusion imaging

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  • Background: Transient ischemic dilation (TID) of the left ventricle seen on myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is sometimes used as a marker of severe coronary artery disease. The prognostic value of TID obtained using regadenoson, a selective adenosine A2A receptor agonist, as a stress agent for MPI has not been studied. Methods: TID ratio was measured using an automated software program on consecutive patients with normal and abnormal perfusion pattern on regadenoson MPI at a single institution. An abnormal TID was defined as greater than 1.33. The primary outcome was a composite of cardiac death, non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI), and late coronary revascularization (CR, >90 days after MPI). Results: The study population consisted of 887 patients (62 ± 12 years, 66% male, 48% diabetes, 46% prior CR, 75% with abnormal perfusion pattern, left ventricular ejection fraction—LVEF 55 ± 6%). An abnormal TID was present in 51 (6%) patients. Baseline characteristics were not different based on the presence or absence of TID. Early CR (≤90 days) was performed in 11 (22%) patients with vs 92 (11%) patients without TID (P = .04). During a mean follow-up of 29 ± 19 months, the primary outcome occurred in 271 (31%) patients (22% cardiac death, 6% MI, 9% late CR). TID was associated with increased risk of the primary outcome (log-rank P = .017), an association largely driven by late CR. In a Cox proportional model adjusted for multiple variables including perfusion defect size (PDS) and LVEF, the hazard ratio for TID was 1.92 (95% CI 1.20-3.08, P = .007). In the subset of patients with normal perfusion pattern, there was no association between TID and outcomes. Conclusions: TID on regadenoson MPI carries important prognostic information that is independent from PDS and LVEF, but this association is restricted to patients with abnormal perfusion on imaging.
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  • Lester D; El-Hajj S; Farag AA; Bhambhvani P; Tauxe L; Heo J; Iskandrian AE; Hage FG
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  • 1147
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  • 1155
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  • 23
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  • 5