Impaired left ventricular systolic function early after heart transplantation is associated with cardiac allograft vasculopathy

I. A. Bolad, D. R. Robinson, C. Webb, I. Hamour, M. M. Burke, N. R. Banner

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Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a major cause of death more than 1 year after heart transplantation. We evaluated the role and possible predictive value of different etiological factors on development of CAV as diagnosed by quantitative coronary angiography (QCA). A total of 121 patients were studied with baseline QCA and 117 had a follow-up study at 1 year to assess the relationship of mean lumen diameter loss (MLDL) in main coronary arteries to immunological and non-immunological factors potentially affecting long-term survival. Out of them, 103 patients were males (85%), 114 (94%) patients were Caucasians and mean age was 48.5 ± 10 years. Univariate analysis showed that MLDL at 1 year was inversely related to echocardiographic fractional shortening (FS) measured within the first week after transplantation (p = 0.0098) and to intracranial hemorrhage as cause of donor death (p = 0.04) and was directly related to male donors (p = 0.0008), domino transplants (p = 0.037) and donor negative cytomegalovirus (CMV) status (p = 0.022). Multivariate analysis showed that initial FS (p = 0.006) and donor intracranial hemorrhage as a cause of death (p = 0.042) were inversely related to MLDL whereas donor male sex (p = 0.003) and prednisolone treatment throughout the first year (p = 0.012) were directly related. Thus, left ventricular systolic dysfunction early after heart transplantation was associated with subsequent development of CAV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Angiography
  • Coronary disease
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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