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Scand Cardiovasc J. 2001 Feb;35(1):30-4.

Left ventricular diastolic filling is related to the atrioventricular plane displacement in patients with coronary artery disease.

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Department of Cardiology, Center of Heart and Lung Diseases, Malmö University Hospital, University of Lund, Malmö, Sweden.



Left atrioventricular plane displacement (AVPD) is often decreased and abnormalities in left ventricular diastolic filling are common in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). This study was designed to assess the relationship between AVPD and diastolic filling in patients with CAD.


AVPD was assessed by echocardiography and diastolic filling by transmitral and pulmonary venous pulsed Doppler in 170 consecutive patients (66 +/- 11 years) with proven CAD at coronary angiography. Diastolic filling was grouped as normal, mildly impaired and moderately to severely impaired.


A simple linear regression analysis showed that AVPD decreased in relation to increased severity of diastolic filling impairment (r = -0.36, p < 0.0001). In a multiple regression analysis, ejection fraction, diastolic filling, age and body surface were independently correlated with AVPD. Each millimetre of decrease in AVPD increased the probability of impaired diastolic filling by 28%.


AVPD was independently correlated with both left ventricular systolic function and diastolic filling in patients with CAD. Thus, given the same degree of ejection fraction, it was found that the greater the impairment in diastolic filling, the lower the AVPD.

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