Myocardial contractile reserve predicts left ventricular reverse remodeling and cardiac events in dilated cardiomyopathy

Ryota Morimoto, Takahiro Okumura, Akihiro Hirashiki, Hideki Ishii, Takeo Ichii, Soichiro Aoki, Kenji Furusawa, Hiroaki Hiraiwa, Toru Kondo, Naoki Watanabe, Naoaki Kano, Kenji Fukaya, Akinori Sawamura, Kyosuke Takeshita, Yasuko K. Bando, Toyoaki Murohara

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Background Catecholamine sensitivity estimated using a dobutamine stress test (DST) is recognized as a measure of the beta-adrenergic myocardial contractile reserve, which is involved with left ventricular reverse remodeling (LV-RR). We investigated whether the prognostic ability of the DST for LV-RR could predict cardiac events. Methods There was a total of 192 enrolled patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM was defined as a LV ejection fraction (LV-EF) ≤45% and LV end-diastolic dimension (LVDd) ≥55 mm. One hundred patients were subjected to micromanometer-based measurement of the maximal first derivative of LV pressure (LVdP/dtmax), an index of LV contractility, at baseline and following the infusion of dobutamine (10 μg/kg/min) via a pigtail catheter. Percentage changes in LVdP/dtmax from the baseline to peak values under dobutamine stress (ΔLVdP/dtmax) were also calculated. After excluding 17 patients who received cardiac resynchronization therapy within 3 months of undergoing DST (n = 15) and who did not receive follow-up echocardiography (n = 2), 83 patients were enrolled (52.5 ± 12.3 years). Results During the follow-up period (4.7 ± 2.6 years), LV-RR was recognized in 49 of 83 patients (59.0%). A multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that ΔLVdP/dtmax (hazard ratio: 1.024, p = 0.007) and the symptom duration (hazard ratio: 0.977, p = 0.003) were independent predictors of LV-RR. A receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed a ΔLVdP/dtmax cut-off value of 75.1% for LV-RR and a significantly lower cardiac event rate in the ΔLVdP/dtmax ≥ 75.1% group (p = 0.045). Conclusions ΔLVdP/dtmax estimated using DST was a useful predictor of LV-RR and cardiac events in patients with DCM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-309
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cardiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 10-2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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