Diastolic dysfunction in patients with end-stage liver disease is associated with development of heart failure early after liver transplantation

Taylor F. Dowsley, David B. Bayne, Alan N. Langnas, Ioana Dumitru, John R. Windle, Thomas R. Porter, Eugenia Raichlin

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BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation (LTx) is a life-saving treatment of end-stage liver disease. Cardiac complications including heart failure (HF) are among the leading causes of death after LTx. THE AIM: The aim is to identify clinical and echocardiographic predictors of developing HF after LTx. METHODS: Patients who underwent LTx at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) between January 2001 and January 2009 and had echocardiographic study before and within 6 months after transplantation were identified. Patients with coronary artery disease (>70% lesion) were excluded. HF after LTx was defined by clinical signs, symptoms, radiographic evidence of pulmonary congestion, and echocardiographic evidence of left ventricular dysfunction (left ventricle ejection fraction <50%). RESULTS: Among 107 patients (presented as mean age [SD], 55 [10] years; male, 70%) who met the inclusion criteria, 26 (24%) patients developed HF after LTx. The pre-LTx left ventricle ejection fraction did not differ between the HF (69 [7]) and the control groups (69 [7] vs. 67 [6], P=0.30). However, pre-LTx elevation of early mitral inflow velocity/mitral annular velocity (P=0.02), increased left atrial volume index (P=0.05), and lower mean arterial pressure (P=0.03) were predictors of HF after LTx in multivariate analysis. Early mitral inflow velocity/mitral annular velocity greater than 10 and left atrial volume index 40 mL/m2 or more were associated with a 3.4-fold (confidence interval, 1.2-9.4; P=0.017) and 2.9-fold (confidence interval, 1.1-7.5; P=0.03) increase in risk of development of HF after LTx, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that elevated markers of diastolic dysfunction during pre-LTx echocardiographic evaluation are associated with an excess risk of HF and may predict post-LTx survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-651
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 27 2012


  • Cirrhotic cardiomyopathy
  • Heart failure
  • and Diastolic dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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