Abnormal right atrial and right ventricular diastolic function relate to impaired clinical condition in patients operated for tetralogy of Fallot

Saskia Luijnenburg, Rosanne Peters, RJ van der Geest, Adriaan Moelker, Jolien Roos - Hesselink, Yolanda de Rijke, BJM Mulder, HW Vliegen, W.A. Helbing

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Background: Atrial enlargement may reflect ventricular diastolic dysfunction. Although patients with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) have been studied extensively, little is known about atrial size and function. We assessed bi-atrial size and function in patients after TOF repair, and related them to biventricular systolic and diastolic function, and clinical parameters. Methods: 51 Patients (21 +/- 8 years) and 30 healthy controls (31 +/- 7 years) were included and underwent magnetic resonance imaging to assess bi-atrial and biventricular size, systolic and diastolic function. Patients also underwent exercise testing, and N-terminal prohormone brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) assessment. Results: In patients, right atrial (RA) minimal volume (34 +/- 8 ml/m(2) vs. 28 +/- 8 ml/m(2), p = 0.001) and late emptying fraction were increased; RA early emptying fraction was decreased. Patients had longer right ventricular (RV) deceleration time (0.24 +/- 0.10 vs. 0.13 +/- 0.04, p<0.001), reflecting impaired RV relaxation, and larger RV volumes. Patients with end-diastolic forward flow (EDFF) had larger RA and RV size, abnormal RA emptying, higher NT-proBNP levels, higher VE/VCO2 slope (ve Conclusions: In TOF patients with moderate RV dilatation, abnormal bi-atrial function and biventricular diastolic dysfunction are common. Abnormal RA emptying was associated with signs of impaired clinical condition, as was the presence of EDFF. These parameters, together with RA enlargement, could serve as useful markers for clinically relevant RV diastolic dysfunction. (c) 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)833-839
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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