Background: The relation between systolic pulmonary pressure (sPAP) and left atrium in patients with heart failure (HF) is unclear. Diastolic dysfunction, expressed as restrictive mitral filling pattern (RMP), and functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) are associated with both LA enlargement and increased sPAP. We aimed to evaluate whether atrial dilation might modulate the consequences of RMP and FMR on the pulmonary circulation of patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Methods: 1256 HFrEF patients were retrospectively recruited in four Italian centers. Left ventricular (LVD) and atrial (LAD) diameters were measure by m-mode, and EF were measured. RMP was defined as E-wave deceleration time lower than 140 ms. FMR was quantitatively measured. sPAP was evaluated based on maximal tricuspid regurgitant velocity and estimated right atrial pressure. Results: Final study population was formed by 1005 patients because of unavailability of sPAP in 252 patients. Mean EF was 33 ± 3, 35% had RMP, 67% had mild, and 26% moderate-to-severe FMR. 69% of patients had increased sPAP. A significant association was observed between sPAP and EF, RMP, FMR, and LAD (p < 0.0001 for all). At multivariate analysis, LAD was positively associated with sPAP (p < 0.0001) independently of EF, RMP, and FMR. Analogously, LAD (p < 0.05) was associated with more severe symptoms and worse prognosis after adjustment for LV function and FMR. Conclusion: LA dilation was positively associated with sPAP independently of EF, RMP, and FMR. This highlights that LA size should be considered a marker of the severity of the disease.
- Heart failure
- Left atrium
- Pulmonary hypertension
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging