Utility and safety of coronary angiography in patients with acute infective endocarditis who required surgery

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 Sep;164(3):905-913.e19. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2020.08.117. Epub 2020 Oct 7.


Objectives: To assess the benefit/risk ratio to perform a coronary angiography (CA) before surgery for infective endocarditis (IE).

Methods: We conducted a single-center prospective registry including 272 patients with acute IE intended for surgery and compared patients who underwent a preoperative CA (n = 160) with those who did not (n = 112). A meta-analysis of 3 observational studies was also conducted and included 551 patients: 342 who underwent a CA and 209 who did not.

Results: In our registry, combined bypass surgery (CABG) was performed in 17% of the patients with preoperative CA. At 2 years, the rate of the primary composite end point (all-cause death, new systemic embolism, stroke, new hemodialysis) was similar in the CA (38%) and no-CA (37%) groups. In-hospital and 2-year individual end points were all similar between groups. There were only 2 episodes of systemic embolism after CA and only one possibly related to a vegetation dislodgement. In the meta-analysis, combined CABG was performed in 18% of the patients with preoperative CA. All-cause death was similar in both groups: odds ratio, 0.98 [0.62-1.53], P = .92. Only 5 cases of systemic embolism possibly related to a vegetation dislodgement were reported. New hemodialysis was numerically more frequent in the CA group: odds ratio, 1.68 [0.79-3.58] (18% vs 14%, P = .18).

Conclusions: In daily practice, two-thirds of the patients with acute IE who required surgery have a preoperative CA leading to a combined CABG in 18% of the patients. Our results suggest that to perform a preoperative CA in this context is not associated with improved prognosis.

Keywords: coronary angiography; infective endocarditis; surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Angiography / adverse effects
  • Embolism*
  • Endocarditis* / complications
  • Endocarditis* / diagnostic imaging
  • Endocarditis* / surgery
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial* / complications
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial* / diagnostic imaging
  • Endocarditis, Bacterial* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors