Left ventricular dysfunction after mitral valve repair - The fallacy of "normal" preoperative myocardial function

Eduard Quintana, Rakesh M. Suri, Nassir M. Thalji, Richard C. Daly, Joseph A. Dearani, Harold M. Burkhart, Zhuo Li, Maurice Enriquez-Sarano, Hartzell V. Schaff

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Results Postoperative outcomes were comparable between patients; however, those with an EF of <50% (n = 314, 18.4%) had significantly greater enlargement in systolic dimension (left ventricular end-systolic diameter, -0.6 vs 4.3 mm; P <.001) and decrease in right ventricular systolic pressure (-2.7 vs -7.8 mm Hg; P <.001) immediately after repair. On longitudinal follow-up, early LV impairment persisted, with EF recovering to preoperative levels (>60%) in only one third of patients with postrepair EF <50% versus two thirds of those with an EF of ≥50% (P <.001). The overall survival at 5, 10, and 15 years of follow-up was 95%, 85%, and 70.8%, respectively. Although early postoperative EF < 50% was not a significant determinant of late survival, when adjusting for older age (hazard ratio [HR], 1.09), hypertension (HR, 1.38), New York Heart Association class III or IV (HR, 1.71), and preoperative atrial fibrillation (HR, 2.33), postoperative EF < 40% conferred a 70% increase in the hazard of late death (HR, 1.74; 95% confidence interval, 1.03-2.92; P =.037). A preoperative right ventricular systolic pressure >49 mm Hg and left ventricular end-systolic diameter >36 mm were independently associated with a 4.4- and 6.5-fold increased risk of developing a postoperative EF < 40% (P <.001, for both).

Conclusions De novo postoperative LV dysfunction is not uncommon in patients with "normal" preoperative EF undergoing mitral valve repair. LV dysfunction can persist, impairing recovery of LV size, function, and survival. The consideration of mitral repair before the onset of excessive LV dilation or pulmonary hypertension, even in those with preserved EF, seems warranted.

Objective A proportion of patients experience a decrease in left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) after mitral valve repair; however, predictors and long-term consequences remain unclear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2752-2762
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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