Regional myocardial blood flow measured by stress multidetector computed tomography as a predictor of recovery of left ventricular function after coronary artery bypass grafting

Am Heart J. 2010 Sep;160(3):528-34. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2010.06.026.


Background: Multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) applications have expanded to evaluation of myocardial blood flow (MBF) and viability. We quantified regional MBF pre- and post-coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using adenosine stress and cardiac 64-MDCT, and investigated whether the results predict MBF and left ventricular (LV) function recovery after CABG.

Methods: We studied 321 regions in 19 CABG patients who underwent adenosine stress 64-row MDCT perfusion imaging and cine magnetic resonance imaging pre- and post-CABG. Myocardial blood flow was estimated from linear regression equation slopes using Patlak plot analyses and compared with LV function by measuring wall thickening (%WT) using cine magnetic resonance imaging.

Results: Overall mean MBFs were 1.39 +/- 0.49 and 1.95 +/- 0.49 mL/(g min) pre- and post-CABG (P < .0001). Myocardial blood flow in revascularized areas increased significantly (pre-CABG 1.18 +/- 0.45, post-CABG 1.99 +/- 0.66 mL/[g min], P < .001), whereas nonischemic areas showed no difference (1.79 +/- 0.70 and 1.97 +/- 0.46 mL/[g min], P = .14). Revascularized areas with preoperative MBF > or = 0.9 mL/(g min) showed significantly greater MBF improvement than those with preoperative MBF <0.9 mL/(g min) (P = .04). In patients with preoperative LV dysfunction (ejection fraction <40%), %WT in revascularized areas with pre-CABG MBF > or = 0.9 mL/(g min) improved significantly after CABG (pre-%WT 40.9 +/- 22.9, post-%WT 52.8 +/- 20.6, P = .03) versus those with pre-CABG MBF <0.9 mL/(g min) (pre-%WT 53.2 +/- 35.5, post-%WT 42.5 +/- 17.0, P = .40).

Conclusions: Our results demonstrated more significantly increased MBF post-CABG than pre-CABG, particularly in revascularized areas. Regional MBF before CABG may predict MBF and LV function recovery, in the short term, after CABG.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary Artery Bypass*
  • Coronary Circulation / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cine
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Recovery of Function
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*
  • Ventricular Function, Left