International Journal of the Cardiovascular Academy

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14--20

Increased left ventricular end-diastolic pressure after left ventriculography is associated with subsequent congestive heart failure-related hospitalization


Tomitaka Wakaki, Naoki Ishibashi, Hidetsugu Yamao 
 Cardiology, Kitaibaraki City Hospital, Kitaibaraki, Japan

Correspondence Address:
Tomitaka Wakaki
Kitaibaraki City Hospital, 1050, Sekimotoshimo Sekinamicho, Kitaibaraki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, 319-1711
Japan

Abstract

Context: Left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) reportedly increases after left ventriculography (LVG), and patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) tend to have high LVEDP. We hypothesized that increased LVEDP after LVG is directly associated with hospitalization for CHF. Aims: This study aims to investigate whether a predictive association exists between increased LVEDP after LVG and CHF-related hospitalization. Settings and Design: This was retrospective, single-center (hospital), observational study. Subjects and Methods: We analyzed data of 68 consecutive patients who underwent LVG between March 2015 and July 2017. Patients were divided into the following two groups: those with ΔLVEDP ≥6 mmHg during LVG and those with ΔLVEDP <6 mmHg during LVG. The two groups had similar baseline characteristics, except for body mass index. Statistical Analysis Used: Multivariate Cox proportional hazards analysis was used to determine whether increased LVEDP was associated with CHF-related hospitalization. Results: During the follow-up period (median duration [interquartile range]: 699 [413–994] days), eight patients (11.8%) were hospitalized for CHF. The risk of CHF-related hospitalization was significantly higher in the group with ΔLVEDP ≥6 mmHg than in the group with ΔLVEDP <6 mmHg (hazard ratio, 8.4; 9% confidence interval, 1.3–55.7). A Kaplan–Meier analysis confirmed this finding (P = 0.002). Conclusions: Increased LVEDP after LVG is an independent predictor of CHF-related hospitalization. Determining ΔLVEDP values may facilitate the identification of patients who should undergo early interventions because they are at risk of CHF-related hospitalization.



How to cite this article:
Wakaki T, Ishibashi N, Yamao H. Increased left ventricular end-diastolic pressure after left ventriculography is associated with subsequent congestive heart failure-related hospitalization.Int J Cardiovasc Acad 2021;7:14-20


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Wakaki T, Ishibashi N, Yamao H. Increased left ventricular end-diastolic pressure after left ventriculography is associated with subsequent congestive heart failure-related hospitalization. Int J Cardiovasc Acad [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jul 28 ];7:14-20
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 Introduction



Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction can be identified by measuring LV end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP). High LVEDP is a risk factor for cardiovascular events,[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6] and elevated LVEDP likely increases ventricular wall stress and pulmonary congestion risk[7] due to decreased perfusion pressure, microvascular dysfunction, subendocardial oxygen delivery, and sympathetic and neurohormonal activation.[8],[9] LVEDP reportedly increases after left ventriculography (LVG),[10],[11],[12],[13] and patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) tend to have high LVEDP.[14] However, no study has investigated whether a predictive association exists between increased LVEDP after LVG and CHF-related hospitalization. We thus aimed to investigate this hypothesis.

 Subjects and Methods



Research ethics

The study protocol was approved by the ethics committee of (blinded) City Hospital (approval number blinded). This study was conducted in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki. The requirement for informed written consent was waived for all participants due to the retrospective nature of the study.

Study population

For this retrospective, single-center, observational study, we reviewed electronic health records to obtain data concerning 91 patients who consecutively underwent LVG at our hospital between March 2015 and July 2017. We excluded patients for whom LVEDP data were unavailable (n = 3), patients with follow-up durations of <30 days (n = 13), patients who underwent bypass surgery immediately after their examinations (n = 3), patients who were hospitalized for stroke (n = 2), and patients who underwent percutaneous coronary interventions after their examinations (n = 2), leaving a sample of 68 patients.

Clinical data and endpoint

Hypertension was defined as a systolic blood pressure of ≥140 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure of ≥90 mmHg at presentation, a medical diagnosis of hypertension, or the use of antihypertensives. Diabetes mellitus was defined as a fasting blood glucose value of ≥126 mg/dL, a medical diagnosis of diabetes, or the use of antidiabetic medication. Dyslipidemia was defined as a total serum cholesterol concentration of >220 mg/dL, a medical diagnosis of dyslipidemia, or the use of lipid-lowering medications. Patients were considered smokers if they had ever smoked. The Japanese glomerular filtration rate (GFR) equation was used to calculate the estimated GFR (eGFR) as follows: eGFR (mL/min/1.73 m2) =1.94× (creatinine)−1.094 × age − 0.287 (with the result being multiplied by 0.739 for women).[15] Chronic kidney disease was defined as an eGFR of <60 mL/min/1.73 m2 at admission. Patients with atrial fibrillation were defined as those presenting with atrial fibrillation at admission and those for whom paroxysmal atrial fibrillation had been noted in the past. Patients' admission symptoms were classified using the New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional classification. The primary endpoint was CHF-related hospitalization during the observation period. CHF-related hospitalization was defined as a patient who was considered hospitalized for respiratory failure due to CHF.

Data collection and left ventriculography data work-up

Catheterization laboratory databases were accessed to obtain LVG data. The LV ejection fraction (LVEF) and LVEDP were measured with LVG after coronary angiography. LVG was performed with a 4-French pigtail catheter inserted into the left ventricle using a radial or femoral approach. LVEDP was recorded just before and after the contrast agent was injected and was measured at the Z-point, which was identified on an LV pressure trace as the point at which the slope of the ventricular pressure upstroke changed. Patients with atrial fibrillation adopted an average of four heartbeats. LVG was performed using 35 mL of 370-mg/mL iopamidol in all cases. ΔLVEDP values were calculated by subtracting pre-LVG LVEDP values from post-LVG LVEDP values. LVEF was calculated by subtracting the LV end-systolic volume (LVESV) from the LV end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) and dividing the difference by the LVEDV. LVESV and LVEDV were determined by tracing the ventricular margin. A 20-mm ball was used for comparison. The LV stroke volume (LVSV) was calculated as the difference between the LVEDV and LVESV. The LVESV, LVEDV, and LVSV values were indexed to the body surface area. Systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and heart rate were determined using arterial pressure at the time of catheterization. Periodic echocardiography, blood tests, atrial natriuretic peptide measurements, and brain natriuretic peptide measurements were not performed for many of these patients.

Statistical analysis

All statistical analyses were performed with EZR (Saitama Medical Center, Jichi Medical University, Saitama, Japan), which is a graphical user interface for R (The R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria). It is a modified version of R Commander designed to add the statistical functions that are frequently used in biostatistics.[16] Data distributions were checked with the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test. Continuous variables with normal distributions were expressed as means with standard deviations, and continuous variables with non-normal distributions were expressed as medians with interquartile ranges. Student's t-test was used to compare continuous variables with normal distributions, and the Mann–Whitney U-test was used to compare continuous variables with nonnormal distributions. Categorical data were compared using Fisher's exact test. Cox proportional hazards analysis was used to identify independent predictors of CHF-related hospitalization during the observation period. We incorporated known risk factors for CHF-related hospitalization from past reports (such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, diabetes, smoking, and body mass index [BMI]) in the analysis. CHF-related hospitalizations were plotted against time, and log-rank analysis was performed with the Kaplan–Meier method. Receiver operating characteristic analyses were used to select a cutoff ΔLVEDP value that could be used to predict CHF-related hospitalization. The cutoff value closest to the upper left corner was used. P < 0.05 was considered to indicate statistical significance.

 Results



The patients were mainly elderly because of the demographics of the area. Of the 91 patients, we analyzed the clinical data of 68 patients who had undergone LVG and for whom hemodynamic data were available. Our sample of 68 patients comprised 55 (80.8%) with suspected ischemic heart disease for whom catheterization had been performed and 13 (19.1%) with suspected CHF.

The 68 patients included in the analyses and the 23 patients excluded from the analyses were well matched in terms of their baseline characteristics. However, the excluded patients were more likely to have used aspirin before LVG (P = 0.003) and have higher creatinine levels (P = 0.019) [Table 1]. No patients had NYHA ≥3 in this study. Only 4.4% (3/68) of the patients had moderate valvular heart disease.{Table 1}

The receiver operating characteristic curve (area under the curve = 0.6; 9% confidence interval = 0.3–0.8) indicated that 6 mmHg was the optimal ΔLVEDP cutoff value for predicting CHF-related hospitalization. Therefore, the patients were divided into two groups: those with ΔLVEDP ≥6 mmHg (n = 12) and those with ΔLVEDP <6 mmHg (n = 56) [Figure 1].{Figure 1}

[Table 2] shows the baseline characteristics of the two groups. The patients with ΔLVEDP <6 mmHg and the patients with ΔLVEDP ≥6 mmHg were matched in terms of all variables except for BMI, the values for which were higher in the group with ΔLVEDP <6 mmHg (P = 0.036).{Table 2}

During the follow-up period (median duration [IQR]: 699 [413–994] days), eight patients (11.8%) were hospitalized for CHF. Cox proportional hazards regression analysis showed that ΔLVEDP was an independent predictor of the risk of CHF-related hospitalization [Table 3]. In the Kaplan–Meier analysis, the rate of CHF-related hospitalization was significantly higher in the group with ΔLVEDP ≥6 mmHg (P = 0.002) [Figure 2] than in the group with ΔLVEDP <6 mmHg. Pre-LVG LVEDP values were not associated with CHF-related hospitalization.{Figure 2}{Table 3}

 Discussion



Our study showed that increased LVEDP after LVG is significantly associated with an increased risk of hospitalization for CHF. The risk was higher in the group with ΔLVEDP ≥6 mmHg than in the group with ΔLVEDP <6 mmHg. In contrast, ejection fraction (EF) and high LVEDP before LVG were not predictors of CHF-related hospitalization. This suggests that ΔLVEDP is the better predictor of CHF-related hospitalization. Furthermore, unlike pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) measurements, LVEDP can be measured relatively simply with the same approach as that used for coronary angiography. The simplicity of LVEDP measurements is an important advantage.

Increased LVEDP causes CHF, although LVEDP-related CHF often resembles normal cardiac contractions.[17] The fact that LVEDP is easily increased by the injection of a contrast agent suggests that the heart's ability to expand is reduced. In addition, volume loading is likely to increase the left atrial pressure, which would increase the risk of CHF. Moreover, the occurrence of heart failure with preserved EF (HFpEF) is possible. HFpEF is associated with hypertension in patients with heart failure.[18] Given that many of our patients had hypertension and that few showed reduced EF values, our sample probably included many patients with HFpEF. Moreover, HFpEF is more common in women than in men,[19],[20] and in the present study, there were more women in the group with increased LVEDP than in the other group. However, the between-group difference in sex ratio was nonsignificant. EF levels did not differ between the two groups, which suggests that ΔLVEDP is a good indicator of diastolic dysfunction.

In this study, drug treatments before and after LVG did not differ between the two groups. Although there is currently no standard treatment for improving the prognosis of patients with HFpEF, there are reports that angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, β-blockers, and mineralocorticoid receptor blockers improve prognosis.[21],[22],[23],[24] If volume loading measurements indicate that a patient is susceptible to CHF, then pharmacotherapeutic interventions may reduce the risk of CHF-related hospitalization.

A similar study has examined the effects of iodixanol and iopamidol on hemodynamics. This study showed that an elevated PCWP and a decreased cardiac index (CI) are associated with adverse events.[25] However, the association between increases in LVEDP and the risk of CHF-related hospitalization has not been investigated. Since no study has focused on the effect of increased LVEDP, our study was indeed novel. In the future, it will be important to further investigate the effects of increased LVEDP and compare its usefulness in predicting adverse outcomes with that of PCWP and the CI.

This study has some limitations. First, this was a retrospective study conducted at a single center where echocardiography and brain natriuretic peptide measurements were not routinely performed. Second, BMI values tended to be lower in the group with ΔLVEDP ≥ 6 mmHg than in the group with ΔLVEDP < 6 mmHg. Therefore, the degree of volume loading with a contrast agent could have been relatively high in that group. In addition, the appropriate cutoff ΔLVEDP value may differ depending on the type and amount of contrast agent. Third, in this study, it was not possible to determine whether increases in LVEDP outperformed PCWP at predicting CHF-related hospitalization. Fourth, because this study included few patients with low EF values, we were unable to determine how ΔLVEDP values affect patients with low EF. Fifth, a center-specific bias cannot be excluded. Prospective clinical trials and large multicenter collaborative clinical trials will be required to determine the optimal cutoff ΔLVEDP value and to determine whether PCWP is a more useful indicator than ΔLVEDP. The small sample size is also limitation.

 Conclusions



Our findings suggest that an increased LVEDP value after LVG is a significant independent predictor of CHF-related hospitalization. Measuring ΔLVEDP may enable early interventions in patients who are likely to be hospitalized for CHF.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

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