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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 615057, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Ultrasonographic Prevalence and Factors Predicting Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis: Is There a Correlation between the Grade of Diastolic Dysfunction and the Grade of Liver Disease?

1Liver Clinic, First Department of Internal Medicine, General Hospital of Rhodes, 85100 Rhodes, Greece
2Department of Internal Medicine, “Konstantopoulio” General Hospital, 14233 Athens, Greece
3Cardiology Department, General Hospital of Rhodes, 85100 Rhodes, Greece

Received 12 October 2011; Accepted 20 November 2011

Academic Editors: R. Moreno Gomez and P. Muiesan

Copyright © 2012 Vasilios Papastergiou 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.


Presence of cardiac dysfunction has been associated with an unfavorable prognosis in patients with liver cirrhosis. In the present study, 92 consecutive, newly-diagnosed patients with liver cirrhosis were prospectively evaluated. Liver disease was graded according to the modified Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) score whereas left ventricular diastolic function was assessed by Doppler-echocardiography and graded (Stage 0 to 4) according to current guidelines. Overall, DD was diagnosed in 55/92 (59.8%) patients [DD-stage-1: 36/92 (39.1%), DD-stage-2: 19/92 (20.6%)]. Prevalence of DD-stage-1 among the different stages of liver cirrhosis was: CTP-class A: 11/29 (37.9%), B: 15/39 (38.5%), C: 10/24 (41.6%), ( 𝑃 > 0 . 0 5 in all comparisons), whereas for DD-stage-2 the corresponding proportions were CTP-class A: 3/29 (10.3%), B: 5/39 (12.8%), C: 11/24 (45.8%), ( 𝑃 = 0 . 0 0 0 9 between CTP-class C versus A and B). Age > 53 years (Odd’s Ratio [OR]: 4.2; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.5–12.1) and CTP-class C (OR: 4.6; 95% CI: 1.1–20) could independently predict DD. No relation between presence of DD and the etiology of the liver disease was found. We conclude that DD is a common feature in liver cirrhosis. DD-stage-1 is fairly prevalent among all CTP-classes whereas DD-stage-2 seems to be characteristic of the advanced liver disease (CTP-class C). A high level of awareness for the presence of the syndrome is required, especially if cirrhotic patients are CTP-class C and/or of older age.