Cumulative Burden of Myocardial Dysfunction in Cardiac Amyloidosis Assessed Using Four-Chamber Cardiac Strain

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Abstract

Background

The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that prognosis in patients with cardiac amyloidosis is closely coupled with amyloid burden in all four cardiac chambers. The goal was to evaluate longitudinal strain (LS) in each cardiac chamber and to determine whether LS in specific cardiac chambers is preferentially associated with prognosis over conventional two-dimensional echocardiographic parameters in patients with cardiac amyloidosis.

Methods

Patients with two phenotypes of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (cardiac amyloidosis in 55 patients and nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in 40 patients) and 55 healthy subjects were retrospectively enrolled for the simultaneous assessment of LS of all four cardiac chambers in the apical four-chamber view. Patients with cardiac amyloidosis were followed up to record major adverse cardiovascular events, including cardiac death, heart transplantation, nonfatal myocardial infarction, ventricular tachyarrhythmia, and exacerbation of heart failure requiring hospitalization.

Results

LS in each chamber was significantly depressed in patients with both LV hypertrophy phenotypes compared with healthy subjects. Right atrial LS was significantly lower in patients with cardiac amyloidosis than those with nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy after adjusting for LV ejection fraction and LV mass index. During a median follow-up period of 10 months, major adverse cardiovascular events developed in 22 patients with cardiac amyloidosis. Four-chamber LS were significantly associated with major adverse cardiovascular events, with incremental value over traditional echocardiographic parameters.

Conclusions

Cardiac amyloidosis involves all cardiac chambers, and thus, chamber-specific strain analysis may be useful to assess the total cumulative burden of cardiac dysfunction.

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