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Low dose dobutamine echocardiography for predicting functional recovery after coronary revascularisation
  1. F Piscione,
  2. P Perrone-Filardi,
  3. G De Luca,
  4. M Prastaro,
  5. C Indolfi,
  6. P Golino,
  7. S Dellegrottaglie,
  8. M Chiariello
  1. Division of Cardiology, Federico II University, Via Sergio Pansini 5, I-80131 Naples, Italy
  1. Dr Perrone-Filardifpperron{at}


OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of chronic coronary occlusion on the accuracy of low dose dobutamine echocardiography in predicting recovery of dysfunctional myocardium after revascularisation.

DESIGN Retrospective study.

SETTING Tertiary referral centre.

PATIENTS 53 consecutive patients with ⩾ 70% stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and regional ventricular dysfunction (group 1, non-occluded LAD; group 2, occluded LAD) who underwent dobutamine echocardiography.

INTERVENTIONS 26 patients underwent coronary artery bypass grafting and 27 had percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Baseline studies before revascularisation included cross sectional echocardiography at rest and during dobutamine infusion (5–10 μg/kg/min), and coronary angiography. The dobutamine study was performed mean (SD) 35 (28) days before revascularisation. Echocardiography at rest was repeated 90 (48) days after revascularisation.

RESULTS Of 296 dysfunctional segments, 63 in group 1 (43%; 63/146) and 69 in group 2 (46%; 69/150) (NS) improved at follow up. Mean (SD) regional wall motion score index decreased from 1.97 (0.48) (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.01 to 2.93) before revascularisation to 1.74 (0.52) (95% CI 0.70 to 2.78) at follow up in group 1 (p = 0.001), and from 2.12 (0.41) (95% CI 1.30 to 2.98) to 1.88 (0.36) (95% CI 1.16 to 2.60) in group 2 (p = 0.0006). In group 1, sensitivity (87%v 52%; p < 0.0001), negative predictive value (88% v 65%; p = 0.001), and accuracy (77% v 64%; p = 0.01) were all significantly higher than in group 2, despite the angiographic evidence of collaterals in patients with occluded vessels.

CONCLUSIONS Dobutamine echocardiography shows reduced sensitivity in predicting recovery of dysfunctional myocardium supplied by totally occluded vessels. Thus caution should be used in selecting such patients for revascularisation on the basis of a viability assessment made in this way.

  • dobutamine
  • coronary artery disease
  • viability
  • chronic occlusion

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