Structural epicardial disease and microvascular function are determinants of an abnormal longitudinal myocardial blood flow difference in cardiovascular risk individuals as determined with PET/CT

Valenta, Ines ; Quercioli, Alessandra ; Vincenti, Gabriella ; Nkoulou, René ; Dewarrat, Stephan ; Rager, Olivier ; Zaidi, Habib ; Seimbille, Yann ; Mach, Francois ; Ratib, Osman ; Schindler, Thomas

In: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, 2010, vol. 17, no. 6, p. 1023-1033

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    Background: The aim of this study was to determine whether epicardial structural disease may affect the manifestation of a longitudinal decrease in myocardial blood flow (MBF) or MBF difference during hyperemia in cardiovascular risk individuals, and its dependency on the flow increase. Methods and Results: In 54 cardiovascular risk individuals (at risk) and in 26 healthy controls, MBF was measured with 13N-ammonia and PET/CT in mL/g/min at rest and during dipyridamole stimulation. Computed tomography coronary angiography (CTA) was performed using a 64-slice CT of a PET/CT system. Absolute MBFs during dipyridamole stimulation were mildly lower in the mid-distal than in the mid-LV myocardium in controls (2.20±.51 vs 2.29±.51, P<.0001), while it was more pronounced in at risk with normal and abnormal CTA (1.56±.42 vs 1.91±.46 and 1.18±.34 vs 1.51±.40mL/g/min, respectively, P<.0001), resulting in a longitudinal MBF difference that was highest in at risk with normal CTA, intermediate in at risk abnormal CTA, and lowest in controls (.35±.16 and .22±.09 vs .09±.04mL/g/min, respectively, P<.0001). On multivariate analysis, log-CCS and mid-LV hyperemic MBF increase, indicative of microvascular function, were independent predictors of the observed longitudinal MBF difference (P≤.004 by ANOVA). Conclusions: Epicardial structural disease and microvascular function are important determinants of an abnormal longitudinal MBF difference as determined with PET/CT