Long-term prognostic value of dobutamine stress CMR

Sebastian Kelle, Amedeo Chiribiri, Juliane Vierecke, Christina Egnell, Ashraf Hamdan, Cosima Jahnke, Ingo Paetsch, Ernst Wellnhofer, Eckart Fleck, Christoph Klein, Rolf Gebker

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Objectives The aim of this study was to assess the long-term value of high-dose dobutamine cardiac magnetic resonance (DCMR) for the prediction of cardiac events in a large cohort of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. Background High-dose DCMR has been shown to be a useful technique for diagnosis and intermediate-term prognostic stratification. Methods Clinical data and DCMR results were analyzed in 1,463 consecutive patients undergoing DCMR between 2000 and 2004. Ninety-four patients were lost to follow-up. The remaining 1,369 patients were followed up for a mean of 44 ± 24 months. Cardiac events, defined as cardiac death and nonfatal myocardial infarction, were related to clinical and DCMR results. Results Three-hundred fifty-two patients underwent early revascularization (≤3 months of DCMR) and were excluded from analysis. Of the remaining 1,017 patients, 301 patients (29.6%) experienced inducible wall motion abnormalities (WMA). Forty-six cardiac events were reported. In those with and without inducible WMA, the proportion of patients with cardiac events was 8.0% versus 3.1%, respectively, p = 0.001 (hazard ratio: 3.3; 95% confidence interval: 1.8 to 5.9 for the presence of inducible WMA; p < 0.001). A DCMR without inducible WMA carried an excellent prognosis, with a 6-year cardiac event-free survival of 96.8%. In all 1,369 patients in the patient group with stress-inducible WMA, those patients with medical therapy demonstrated a trend to a higher cardiac event rate (8.0%) than those with early revascularization (5.4%) (p = 0.234). Patients with normal DCMR and medical therapy or early revascularization demonstrated similar cumulative cardiac event rates (3.1% vs. 3.2%, p = 0.964). Conclusions In a large cohort of patients, DCMR has an added value for predicting cardiac events during long-term follow-up, improving the differentiation between high-risk and low-risk patients. Patients with inducible WMA and following early revascularization, demonstrate lower cardiac event rates than patients with medical therapy alone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-172
Number of pages12
JournalJACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • coronary artery disease
  • dobutamine cardiac magnetic resonance
  • prognosis


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