Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Transplantation. 2008 Nov 27;86(10):1395-400. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e318189049a.

Sirolimus as primary immunosuppressant reduces left ventricular mass and improves diastolic function of the cardiac allograft.

Author information

  • 1Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and the William J. von Liebig Transplant Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.



Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and diastolic dysfunction occur after cardiac transplantation. We investigated sirolimus (SRL) as primary immunosuppression for the attenuation of LVH and diastolic dysfunction of the cardiac allograft.


Seventy cardiac transplant recipients were converted to SRL, 5.79+/-3.90 years after transplant, with complete calcineurin-inhibitor (CNI) withdrawal. Three consecutive echocardiographic studies, 1 year apart, were analyzed for changes in left ventricular (LV) mass and diastolic function during CNI and SRL treatment.


Changes in systolic (P=0.69) and diastolic blood pressures (BP) (P=0.32) did not differ between SRL and CNI treatment. LV mass and LV mass index increased (185.03+/-41.59-197.21+/-47.39 g, P=0.033 and 94.20+/-18.64-98.93+/-20.08 g/m; P=0.030) during CNI and decreased (197.21+/-47.39-187.59+/-48.88 g, P=0.025 and 98.93+/-20.08-94.06+/-20.31 g/m P=0.050) during SRL. The difference in Delta LV mass and Delta LV mass index was significant (P=0.011 and P=0.017, respectively) and was not associated with changes in BP. Left atrium volume index increased during CNI (46.73+/-16.3 5-54.20+/-18.47 cm/m, P=0.006) and decreased during SRL (54.20+/-18.47-49.75+/-18.40 cm/m, P=0.0036). The difference in left atrium (Delta LA) volume index was significant (P=0.002) and was not associated with changes in BP.


Withdrawal of CNI and replacement with SRL in cardiac transplant recipients results in a decrease in LV mass and improvement in diastolic function. SRL may be useful to attenuate LVH and improve cardiac allograft diastolic function.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk