Prognostic Value of Left-Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Dyssynchrony Measured From Gated SPECT MPI in Patients With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

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Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering



Left-ventricular systolic dyssynchrony (LVSD) has been an important prognostic factor in the patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). However, the association between the LV diastolic dyssynchrony (LVDD) and clinical outcome is not well established. This study aims to evaluate the prognostic values of both systolic and diastolic dyssynchrony in patients with DCM.


Fifty-two patients with DCM were enrolled and divided into two groups according to cardiac deaths from the follow-up data. The phase-analysis technique was applied on resting gated short-axis SPECT MPI images to measure LV systolic and diastolic dyssynchrony, including phase standard deviation (PSD), phase histogram bandwidth (PBW), and phase entropy (PE). Variables with P < 0.10 in the univariate analysis were included in the multivariate cox analysis.


During the follow-up period (2.9 ± 1.7 years), 18 (34.6%) cardiac deaths were observed. Compared with survivors, patients with cardiac death had lower LVEF (P = 0.011), and more severe LV systolic and diastolic dyssynchrony. The univariate cox regression analysis showed that hypertension, NT-proBNP, LVEF, systolic PSD, systolic PE, and diastolic PBW were statistically significantly associated with cardiac death. The multivariate cox regression analysis showed that systolic PE and diastolic PE were independent predictive factors for cardiac death. Furthermore, the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis, when applied into the combination of systolic PE and diastolic PE for predicting cardiac death, had an area under curve (AUC) of 0.766, a sensitivity of 0.765, and a specificity of 0.722.


Both the LVSD and LVDD parameters from SPECT MPI have important prognostic values for DCM patients. Both systolic PE and diastolic PE are independent prognostic factors for cardiac death.

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Journal of Nuclear Cardiology

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