The Prevalence and Prognostic Significance of Right Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction in Non-Ischemic Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Background—Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) is the gold-standard technique for assessment of ventricular function. Although left ventricular (LV) volumes and ejection fraction are strong predictors of outcome in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), there are limited data regarding the prognostic significance of right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction (RVSD). We investigated whether CMR assessment of RV function has prognostic value in DCM.
Methods and Results—We prospectively studied 250 consecutive DCM patients using CMR. RVSD, defined by RV ejection fraction ≤45%, was present in 86 (34%) patients. During a median follow-up period of 6.8 years, there were 52 deaths and 7 patients underwent cardiac transplantation . The primary end point of all-cause mortality or cardiac transplantation was reached by 42 of 86 patients with RVSD and 17 of 164 patients without RVSD (49% vs. 10%; hazard ratio [HR], 5.90; 95% confidence interval [CI], 3.35 to 10.37; P<0.001). On multivariable analysis, RVSD remained a significant independent predictor of the primary end point (HR, 3.90; 95% CI, 2.16 to 7.04; P<0.001), as well as secondary outcomes of cardiovascular mortality or cardiac transplantation (HR, 3.35; 95% CI, 1.76 to 6.39; P<0.001), and heart failure (HF) death, HF hospitalization or cardiac transplantation (HR, 2.70; 95% CI, 1.32 to 5.51; P=0.006). Assessment of RVSD improved risk stratification for all-cause mortality or cardiac transplantation (net reclassification improvement, 0.31; 95% CI 0.10 to 0.53; P=0.001).
Conclusions—RVSD is a powerful, independent predictor of transplant-free survival and adverse HF outcomes in DCM. CMR assessment of RV function is important in the evaluation and risk stratification of DCM patients.
- Received March 10, 2013.
- Revision received July 22, 2013.
- Accepted July 30, 2013.