Left-atrial long-axis shortening allows effective quantification of atrial function and optimized risk prediction following acute myocardial infarction

Sören J. Backhaus, Simon F. Rösel, Thomas Stiermaier, Jonas Schmidt-Rimpler, Ruben Evertz, Alexander Schulz, Torben Lange, Johannes T. Kowallick, Shelby Kutty, Boris Bigalke, Matthias Gutberlet, Gerd Hasenfuß, Holger Thiele, Ingo Eitel, Andreas Schuster*

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit
3 Zitate (Scopus)


Aims Deformation imaging enables optimized risk prediction following acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, costly and time-consuming post processing has hindered widespread clinical implementation. Since manual left-ventricular long-axis strain (LV LAS) has been successfully proposed as a simple alternative for LV deformation imaging, we aimed at the validation of left-atrial (LA) LAS. Methods The AIDA STEMI and TATORT-NSTEMI trials recruited 795 patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction and 440 with non- and results ST-elevation myocardial infarction. LA LAS was assessed as the systolic distance change between the middle of a line connecting the origins of the mitral leaflets and either a perpendicular line towards the posterior atrial wall (LAS90) or a line connecting to the LA posterior portion of the greatest distance irrespective of a predefined angle (LAS). Primary endpoint was major adverse cardiac event (MACE) occurrence within 12 months. There were no significant differences between LA LAS and LAS90, both with excellent reproducibility. LA LAS correlated significantly with LA reservoir function (Es, r = 0.60, P < 0.001). Impaired LA LAS resulted in higher MACE occurrence [hazard ratio (HR) 0.85, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.82–0.88, P < 0.001]. LA LAS (HR 0.90, 95% CI 0.83–0.97, P = 0.005) and LV global longitudinal strain (GLS, P = 0.025) were the only independent predictors for MACE in multivariate analyses. C-statistics demonstrated incremental value of LA LAS in addition to GLS (P = 0.016) and non-inferiority compared with FT Es (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve 0.74 vs. 0.69, P = 0.256). Conclusion Left-atrial LAS provides fast and software-independent approximations of quantitative LA function with similar value for risk prediction compared with dedicated deformation imaging.

ZeitschriftEuropean Heart Journal Open
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 01.09.2022

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