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Evolution and outcome of diastolic dysfunction


Achong, N and Wahi, S and Marwick, TH, Evolution and outcome of diastolic dysfunction, Heart, 95, (10) pp. 813-818. ISSN 1355-6037 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 BMJ

DOI: doi:10.1136/hrt.2008.159020


Background: Diastolic dysfunction (DD) is highly prevalent and associated with increased morbidity and mortality, but its natural history remains poorly defined.

Objective: This cohort study sought to characterise the influence of clinical features, medical therapy and echocardiographic parameters on the progression of DD.

Methods: We identified 926 consecutive patients (aged 62 (14) years, 221 women) with DD and preserved systolic function. A repeat echocardiogram was performed in 199 patients ≥1 year after the baseline study (average 3.6 (1.4) years). Follow-up for 4.8 (2.5) years was 97% complete for the major endpoint of all-cause mortality. Cox regression analyses were performed to identify the associations of mortality.

Results: Over follow-up, 142 patients died and 22 were admitted with heart failure. The independent predictors of death were age, hyperlipidaemia, co-morbid disease and restrictive filling. The degree of diastolic dysfunction remained stable in 52%, deteriorated in 27% and improved in 21%. There was a greater use of medical therapy in those with stable or worsening diastolic function; when the protective effects of these agents were taken into account in a multivariate model, improvement in diastolic dysfunction was associated with a survival benefit.

Conclusion: DD is associated with all-cause mortality, independent of the presence of a major co-morbidity. The degree of DD remains stable in about 50% of patients, the population whose diastolic function improves over time has a more favourable outcome.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:Marwick, TH (Professor Tom Marwick)
ID Code:90777
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:56
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-04-23
Last Modified:2014-11-10

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