Usefulness of the dipyridamole-Doppler test for diagnosis of coronary artery disease

Luciano Agati, Luciano Arata, Carlo Peraldo Neja, Carla Manzara, Carlo Iacoboni, Carmine D. Vizza, Maria Penco, Francesco Fedele, Armando Dagianti

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Two-dimensional and Doppler echocardiographic studies and a hemodynamic investigation were performed during dipyridamole testing in 42 subjects (13 control subjects and 29 patients with coronary artery disease [CAD]), to evaluate the ability of dipyridamole Doppler echocardiography in identifying patients with ischemic left ventricular dysfunction. In the control group, after dipyridamole infusion, Doppler-derived parameters increased significantly from baseline (p <0.001). In patients with CAD, peak flow velocity, flow velocity integral and stroke volume failed to increase after dipyridamole infusion (0.89 ± 0.21 to 0.85 ± 0.18 m/s, difference not significant; 14 ± 3 to 12 ± 4 cm, difference not significant, and 56 ± 13 to 50 ± 14 ml/ beat, p <0.05, respectively). Heart rate, rate pressure product, systemic vascular resistance and mean right atrial pressure had similar variations in the 2 groups. Changes in the 3 Doppler-derived parameters are closely related to the variations of peak positive dP dt, stroke volume (thermodilution) and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure and are closely related to the coronary angiography jeopardy score and to the appearance of wall motion abnormalities. Thus, by combining Doppler and 2-dimensional echocardiography, dipyridamole-induced myocardial ischemia may be detected in a high percentage of CAD patients, providing a sensitive tool for identifying patients with high-risk coronary artery anatomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-834
Number of pages6
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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