Usefulness of serial radionuclide angiography in predicting cardiac death after coronary artery bypass grafting and comparison with clinical and cardiac catheterization data Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Coronary Disease
  • Heart

abstract

  • This investigation assesses the prognostic value of radionuclide measurements of cardiac function in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Radionuclide angiograms during exercise and at rest were obtained in 182 patients before (< or = 30 days), early (< or = 3 months), and late (< or = 3 years) after CABG. Cox proportional hazard regression analysis was used to identify independent predictors of 44 cardiac deaths that occurred a median 12 years after bypass. Although the exercise ejection fractions before and early after CABG were significantly related to subsequent cardiac death (chi-square = 10.84, p = 0.001, and chi-square = 7.4, p = 0.006, respectively), the late postoperative exercise ejection fraction was the strongest predictor (chi-square = 13.9, p = 0.0002), contributing above and beyond clinical and catheterization data. These data document the validity of the exercise ejection fraction as an important predictor of cardiac death after CABG and suggest the potential clinical application of serial measurements of the exercise ejection fraction as an important noninvasive adjunct to postoperative evaluation of these patients.

publication date

  • April 1997

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0002-9149(97)00002-7

PubMed ID

  • 9104893

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 851

end page

  • 5

volume

  • 79

number

  • 7