Myocardial perfusion imaging using gated SPECT in heart failure patients undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy

Roberto Sciagrà, Marzia Giaccardi, Maria Cristina Porciani, Andrea Colella, Antonio Michelucci, Paolo Pieragnoli, Gianfranco Gensini, Alberto Pupi, Luigi Padeletti

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Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) by biventricular pacing is indicated in patients with severe heart failure and left bundle branch block who remain symptomatic despite optimal medical therapy. The relationship between baseline resting perfusion pattern and hemodynamic response to CRT has not been fully investigated. We tested the usefulness of perfusion gated SPECT for baseline evaluation and follow-up of these patients. Methods: In 20 patients, we performed gated SPECT before CRT and at the 3-mo follow up. Left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF), end-diastolic (ED) and end-systolic (ES) volume indexes (VI), and wall motion score index (WMSI) were measured and compared with clinical outcome. Results: One patient died before follow-up. The 19 remaining patients were classified into 1 of 2 groups according to the presence (group A) or absence (group B) of a significant severe perfusion defect at baseline before CRT. At the 3-mo follow-up, 6 of 10 group A and 8 of 9 group B patients had an improvement in New York Heart Association class. In both groups, quality of life, 6-min walking distance, and WMSI significantly improved. In group A, no significant change was registered in LVEF, LVEDVI, or LVESVI. In group B, LVEF increased from 23.1% ± 8% to 27.1% ± 11% (P <0.03) and LVEDVI and LVESVI decreased from 159 ± 70 mL to 135 ± 68 mL (P <0.02) and from 127 ± 67 mL to 104 ± 65 mL (P <0.01), respectively. Conclusion: Perfusion gated SPECT appears useful to characterize and follow up candidates for CRT. Despite clinical improvement, patients with severe resting perfusion defects do not show significant improvement in LVEF or reduction in LV volumes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2004


  • Heart failure
  • Pacing
  • Perfusion scintigraphy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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