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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance in the prediction of outcome after cardiac resynchronisation therapy

Foley, Paul William Xavier (2011)
M.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Contemporary management of patients with heart failure (HF) includes treatment with cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT). The benefit of CRT results from several mechanisms, predominantly correction of dyssynchrony. The development of a novel method of measuring left ventricular global dyssynchrony using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), termed CMR-tissue synchronisation index (CMR-TSI) is described.

A study of 225 patients with HF who underwent CMR-TSI found that HF appears synonymous with dyssynchrony. The importance of myocardial scar is illustrated in a study of 95 patients which revealed a significantly higher mortality in patients undergoing CRT who had postero-lateral (PL) scar on CMR.

A study into the effects of a combination of CMR-TSI and scar imaging found that presence of either CMR-TSI >110ms or PL scar resulted in a worse outcome, whilst the presence of both was associated with the highest mortality.

A final study in 148 patients allowed the development of a risk score to predict mortality from CRT on the basis of 16 candidate variables. PL scar, dyssynchrony and creatine
discriminated between survivors and non-survivors and were used to derive the score. The score is discussed in the context of data derived from echocardiography and clinical

Type of Work:M.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Leyva, Francisco and Sanderson, John
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
Department:Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences
Subjects:RD Surgery
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:2852
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