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Usefulness and limitation of dobutamine stress echocardiography to predict acute response to cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Author(s): Senechal M, Lancellotti P, Garceau P, Champagne J, Dubois M, Magne J, Blier L, Molin F, Philippon F, Dumesnil JG, Pierard L, O'Hara G

Affiliation(s): Department of Cardiology, Institut de Cardiologie de Quebec, Hopital Laval, Quebec, Canada. mario.senechal@crhl.ulaval.ca

Publication date & source: 2010-01, Echocardiography., 27(1):50-7. Epub 2009 Aug 31.

Publication type: Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

BACKGROUND: It has been hypothesized that a long-term response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) could correlate with myocardial viability in patients with left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Contractile reserve and viability in the region of the pacing lead have not been investigated in regard to acute response after CRT. METHODS: Fifty-one consecutive patients with advanced heart failure, LV ejection fraction <or= 35%, QRS duration > 120 ms, and intraventricular asynchronism >or= 50 ms were prospectively included. The week before CRT implantation, the presence of viability was evaluated using dobutamine stress echocardiography. Acute responders were defined as a >or=15% increase in LV stroke volume. RESULTS: The average of viable segments was 5.8 +/- 1.9 in responders and 3.9 +/- 3 in nonresponders (P = 0.03). Viability in the region of the pacing lead had an excellent sensitivity (96%), but a low specificity (56%) to predict acute response to CRT. Mitral regurgitation (MR) was reduced in 21 patients (84%) with acute response. The presence of MR was a poor predictor of response (sensibility 93% and specificity 17%). However, combining the presence of MR and viability in the region of the pacing lead yields a sensibility (89%) and a specificity (70%) to predict acute response to CRT. CONCLUSION: Myocardial viability is an important factor influencing acute hemodynamic response to CRT. In acute responders, significant MR reduction is frequent. The combined presence of MR and viability in the region of the pacing lead predicts acute response to CRT with the best accuracy.

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