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Prognostic importance of brain natriuretic peptide and left ventricular longitudinal function in asymptomatic degenerative mitral regurgitation
  1. Julien Magne1,
  2. Haifa Mahjoub2,
  3. Luc A Pierard1,
  4. Kim O'Connor1,2,
  5. Charles Pirlet1,
  6. Philippe Pibarot2,
  7. Patrizio Lancellotti1
  1. 1University of Liège, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium
  2. 2Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Professor Patrizio Lancellotti, Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Sart Tilman, Liege B 4000, Belgium; plancellotti{at}


Objectives To identify the determinants and the impact on outcome of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in asymptomatic patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR).

Method Comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography including two-dimensional speckle tracking quantification was performed in 135 consecutive asymptomatic patients (60±14 years, 56% men) with moderate to severe degenerative MR and preserved left ventricular (LV) function. Blood samples were collected at the time of the echocardiography and plasma BNP levels were measured.

Main outcome measures BNP level and cardiac events.

Results BNP was correlated with age, indexed LV end-systolic diameter, indexed left atrium (LA) volume, estimated LV filling pressure with E/Ea ratio, systolic pulmonary arterial pressure and global longitudinal strain (GLS). In multiple regression analysis, indexed LA volume (p=0.008), mitral deceleration time (p=0.003) and GLS (p<0.0001) were independently associated with BNP. During follow-up (mean=23±19 months), 54 events occurred resulting in 4-year event-free survival of 50±6%. There was a graded relationship between the increase in BNP (ie, according to quartile) and reduced event-free survival (p<0.0001). In Cox multivariable analysis, indexed LA volume (HR=1.04, p=0.003), GLS (HR=1.14, p=0.007) and 3rd and 4th quartiles of BNP (HR=8.5, p=0.002 and HR=8.8, p=0.002) were independent determinants of event-free survival.

Conclusion In asymptomatic degenerative MR, LV longitudinal function and LA volume are the main determinants of BNP release. BNP is a powerful independent predictor of cardiac events. Measurement of plasma BNP may help to improve risk stratification and management of asymptomatic patients with degenerative MR.

  • Valve
  • mitral regurgitation
  • echocardiography
  • brain natriuretic peptide
  • speckle tracking
  • aortic valve disease
  • exercise echocardiography
  • dobutamine echocardiography
  • valvular heart disease
  • valve disease
  • EBM
  • aortic stenosis
  • prosthetic heart valves
  • cardiomyopathy restrictive
  • diastolic function
  • congestive heart failure
  • heart failure
  • stress echocardiography
  • echocardiography

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  • Funding JM is research associate from the FRS-FNRS, Brussels, Belgium and received grants from the Fonds Léon Fredericq, Liège, Belgium and from the Fond pour la Chirurgie Cardiaque, Belgium. This study was also supported by a grant (MOP #102 737) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. PP holds the Canada Research Chair in Valvular Heart Diseases, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Committee/Institutional Review Board of CHU Sart Tilman, Belgium and of Laval Hospital, Quebec, QC, Canada.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.