Prognostic Value of Late Gadolinium Enhancement for the Prediction of Cardiovascular Outcomes in Dilated Cardiomyopathy Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Background: Dilated cardiomyopathy is associated with increased risk of major cardiovascular events. Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is a unique tissue-based marker that, in single-center studies, suggests strong prognostic value. We retrospectively studied associations between LGE presence and adverse cardiovascular events in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy in a multicenter setting as part of an emerging global consortium (MINICOR [Multi-Modal International Cardiovascular Outcomes Registry]). Methods: Consecutive patients with dilated cardiomyopathy referred for cardiac magnetic resonance (2000–2017) at 12 institutions in 4 countries were studied. Using multivariable Cox proportional hazard and semiparametric Fine and Gray models, we evaluated the association between LGE and the composite primary end point of all-cause mortality, heart transplantation, or left ventricular assist device implant and a secondary arrhythmic end point of sudden cardiac death or appropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shock. Results: We studied 1672 patients, mean age 56±14 years (29% female), left ventricular ejection fraction 33±11%, and 25% having New York Heart Association class III to IV; 650 patients (39%) had LGE. During 2.3 years (interquartile range, 1.0–4.3) follow-up, 160 patients experienced the primary end point, and 88 experienced the arrhythmic end point. In multivariable analyses, LGE was associated with 1.5-fold (hazard ratio, 1.45 [95% CI, 1.03–2.04]) risk of the primary end point and 1.8-fold (hazard ratio, 1.82 [95% CI, 1.20–3.06]) risk of the arrhythmic end point. Primary end point risk was increased in patients with multiple LGE patterns, although arrhythmic risk was higher among patients receiving primary prevention implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and widening QRS. Conclusions: In this large multinational study of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, the presence of LGE showed strong prognostic value for identification of high-risk patients. Randomized controlled trials evaluating LGE-based care management strategies are warranted.


  • Alba, Carolina
  • Gaztañaga, Juan
  • Foroutan, Farid
  • Thavendiranathan, Paaladinesh
  • Merlo, Marco
  • Alonso-Rodriguez, David
  • Vallejo-García, Victor
  • Vidal-Perez, Rafael
  • Corros-Vicente, Cecilia
  • Barreiro-Pérez, Manuel
  • Pazos-López, Pablo
  • Perez-David, Esther
  • Dykstra, Steven
  • Flewitt, Jacqueline
  • Pérez-Rivera, José Ángel
  • Vazquez-Caamaño, Maria
  • Katz, Stuart D
  • Sinagra, Gianfranco
  • Køber, Lars
  • Poole, Jeanne
  • Ross, Heather
  • Farkouh, Michael E
  • White, James A

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  • April 2020

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