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Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 243735, 8 pages
Research Article

Prognostic Value of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Catheterization for Coronary Artery Disease

Department of Cardio-Renal Medicine and Hypertension, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, 1 Kawasumi Mizuho-Cho Mizuho-Ku, Nagoya 467-8601, Japan

Received 8 December 2011; Accepted 9 February 2012

Academic Editor: Javed Butler

Copyright © 2012 Hidekatsu Fukuta et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We hypothesized that left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction assessed by cardiac catheterization may be associated with increased risk for cardiovascular events. To test the hypothesis, we assessed diastolic function by cardiac catheterization (relaxation time constant (Tau) and end-diastolic pressure (EDP)) as well as Doppler echocardiography (early diastolic mitral annular velocity ( 𝑒 ) and a ratio of early diastolic mitral inflow to annular velocities ( 𝐸 / 𝑒 )) in 222 consecutive patients undergoing cardiac catheterization for coronary artery disease (CAD). During a followup of 1364 ± 628 days, 5 cardiac deaths and 20 unscheduled cardiovascular hospitalizations were observed. Among LV diastolic function indices, Tau > 48 ms and 𝑒 < 5 . 8  cm/s were each significantly associated with lower rate of survival free of cardiovascular hospitalization. Even after adjustment for potential confounders (traditional cardiovascular risk factors, the severity of CAD, and cardiovascular medications), the predictive value of Tau > 48 ms and 𝑒 < 5 . 8  cm/s remained significant. No predictive value was observed in EDP, 𝐸 / 𝑒 , or LV ejection fraction. In conclusion, LV diastolic dysfunction, particularly impaired LV relaxation assessed by both cardiac catheterization and Doppler echocardiography, is independently associated with increased risk for cardiac death or cardiovascular hospitalization in patients with known or suspected CAD.