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ABSTRACT: Primary cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is associated with poor prognosis. However, the noninvasive diagnostic tools are limited. The aim of the study is to assess the utility of combined indexes of electrocardiography (ECG) and echocardiography (ECHO) in the diagnosis of primary CA.
A total of 20 consecutive patients (7 men, mean age 50 ± 12 years) referred for endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) were included. Eleven of these patients (55%) confirmed primary CA, the rest of 9 patients were EMB negative and used for the control.
The voltage of S(V1) + R(V6) < 1.2 mV has a sensitivity of 91% and specificity of 89% for the identification of primary CA, yields the positive and negative predictive values of 91% and 89%, respectively. Among ECHO parameters, there were no significant differences between the 2 groups, except for left ventricular ejection fraction (47 ± 12% in primary CA vs 67 ± 11% in the control, P < 0.001). However, the combined indexes of ECG and ECHO parameters, including the ratio of R(I) /LVPW as well as R(V5) /LVPW and R(V6) /LVPW, were significantly lower in the patients with primary CA than the control. The ratio of R(I) /LVPW < 0.4 has the sensitivity of 91% and specificity of 100%, yields the positive and negative predictive values of 100% and 91%, respectively. The ratios of R(V5(6)) /LVPW < 0.7 have the sensitivity of 91% and specificity of 89%, yield the positive and negative predictive values of 91% and 89%, respectively.
Patients with clinically suspected primary CA, combined indexes of ECGs and ECHOs could be used as the noninvasive diagnostic tools.
Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology 01/2011; 16(1):25-9. · 1.08 Impact Factor
Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases] 09/2010; 38(9):847-8.
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ABSTRACT: To summarize the electrocardiography and echocardiography features of patients with cardiac amyloidosis (CA) diagnosed by endo-myocardial biopsy (EMB).
A total of 20 consecutive patients [7 men, mean age (50 ± 12) years] referred for EMB because of clinical suspicion of CA from September 2006 to October 2009 were included in the study. Primary CA was diagnosed in 11 out of 20 patients (55%) by EMB and biomarkers examination. The electrocardiography and echocardiography features were analyzed.
The voltage of all the limb leads were low in the 11 CA patients [mean values of (0.33 - 0.51) mV], the incidence of low voltage and pseudo-infarction patterns were 45% and 45%, respectively. Concentric hypertrophy and normal left ventricular diameters were evidenced in all CA patients on echocardiography, left atrial enlargement (n = 10, 91%), granular/sparking appearance of the myocardium (n = 9, 82%) and moderate to large pericardial effusion (n = 7, 64%) as well as left ventricular systolic dysfunction (n = 8, 73%) were often presented in CA patients.
The diagnosis of primary CA should be considered in patients with unknown origin of heart failure, concentric hypertrophy and normal left ventricular diameters with granular/sparking appearance of the myocardium or pericardial effusion presented on echocardiography and low voltage of limb leads or pseudo-infarction pattern presented on electrocardiography. EMB and serum (urine) biomarkers examinations should be then performed to confirm or exclude the diagnosis of CA.
Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases] 07/2010; 38(7):606-9.