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Right Ventricular Systolic Function Responses to Acute and Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension: Assessment with Myocardial Deformation


Wright, L and Dwyer, N and Power, J and Kritharides, L and Celermajer, D and Marwick, TH, Right Ventricular Systolic Function Responses to Acute and Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension: Assessment with Myocardial Deformation, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, 29, (3) pp. 259-266. ISSN 0894-7317 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.echo.2015.11.010


BACKGROUND: The distinction between right ventricular (RV) dysfunction due to an acute etiology (pulmonary embolism [PE]) or chronic afterload (pulmonary arterial hypertension [PAH]) has important therapeutic implications. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that RV remodeling would alter RV free wall strain (RVFWS) and differentiate chronic from acute RV afterload.

METHODS: In this retrospective study, patients with PE (n = 45) who underwent echocardiography within 48 hours of computed tomographic pulmonary angiography were matched 1:1 for age, gender, and pulmonary artery systolic pressure with patients with PAH (n = 45) and a larger unmatched PAH control group (n = 116). RV function was evaluated with end-diastolic area, fractional area change (FAC), and RVFWS by two-dimensional speckle-tracking. The ability of RVFWS to distinguish acute from chronic RV dysfunction was assessed using receiver operating characteristic curves, and its incremental value was sought with stepwise models.

RESULTS: RV end-diastolic area, FAC, and RVFWS were significantly impaired in patients with PE (P < .001), with no significant differences in other clinical variables. In matched patients, receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed that RVFWS had significantly better discriminative power than the McConnell sign (P = .02), with a cutoff of -17.9%, sensitivity of 87.5%, specificity of 62.5%, and an area under the curve of 0.76. Sequential logistic regression demonstrated an incremental and independent benefit of using RVFWS to predict acute PE versus chronic PAH (P = .01). Observer concordance was superior for RVFWS compared with FAC (P < .01).

CONCLUSIONS: RVFWS is more predictive than RV end-diastolic area and less variable than FAC in distinguishing acute from chronic RV pressure overload. RVFWS adds incremental and independent information to standard measures of RV function in assessing the acuity of pulmonary hypertension.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Pulmonary embolism, Pulmonary hypertension, RV function, RV strain
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wright, L (Ms Leah Wright)
UTAS Author:Marwick, TH (Professor Tom Marwick)
ID Code:109612
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-06-23
Last Modified:2022-08-25

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