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Lung diffusion capacity in advanced heart failure: relation to central haemodynamics and outcome

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AIMS: Patients with heart failure (HF) are known to have a reduced pulmonary diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide (DLCO ), but little is known about how lung function relates to central haemodynamics. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between haemodynamic variables and pulmonary diffusion capacity adjusted for alveolar volume in congestive HF patients and to analyse how predicted DLCO /VA affects mortality in relation to the haemodynamic status.

METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively studied right heart catheterization (RHC) and lung function data on 262 HF patients (mean age 51 ± 13 years) with a left ventricular ejection fraction < 45% referred non-urgently for evaluation for heart transplantation (HTX) or left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Univariate and multivariate linear regression models were constructed to examine the associations between predicted values of DLCO /VA , forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1 ), and haemodynamic parameters [pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP), central venous pressure, cardiac index, mean pulmonary artery pressure, and mean arterial pressure] as well as other factors known to affect lung function in HF. FEV1 was reduced to <80% of predicted value in 55% of the population, and DLCO/ VA was reduced in 63% of the population. DLCO /VA correlated positively with pulmonary capillary wedge pressure in both univariate and multivariate analyses for all included patients (P < 0.001 and P = 0.045, respectively) and a restricted population of patients with the shortest time between RHC and lung function testing (P = 0.005, P = 0.015). DLCO /VA predicted mortality in multivariate models [hazard ratio 1.5 (1.1-2.1)] but not the combined endpoint of death, LVAD implantation, or HTX. There was no significant correlation between haemodynamics and predicted FVC or FEV1 .

CONCLUSIONS: Pulmonary diffusion capacity correlates positively with left ventricular fillings pressures, and reduced values predict increased mortality in patients with HF. This might be driven by increased lung capillary volume in patients with pulmonary congestion.

TidsskriftESC Heart Failure
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)379-387
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2019

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© 2019 The Authors. ESC Heart Failure published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology.

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