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Eur Heart J. 2008 Sep;29(17):2133-40. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehn072. Epub 2008 Apr 1.

Non-invasive diagnosis of ischaemic heart failure using 64-slice computed tomography.

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Department of Cardiology, Marie Lannelongue Hospital, 133 avenue de la Resistance, 92350 Le Plessis Robinson, France.



We evaluated the accuracy of 64-slice computed tomography (CT) to identify ischaemic aetiology of heart failure (IHF).


Ninety-three consecutive patients in sinus rhythm with dilated cardiomyopathy but without suspicion of coronary artery disease (CAD) were enrolled when admitted for angiography. Accuracy of CT to detect significant stenosis (>50% lumen narrowing) was compared with quantitative coronary angiography. IHF was defined as a significant stenosis on left main or proximal left anterior descending artery or two or more vessels. Forty-three out of 1395 segments (3%) were heavily calcified and excluded. CT correctly assessed 103 of 142 (73%) significant stenosis and identified 46 of 50 (92%) patients without and 42 of 43 (98%) patients with CAD, 60 of 62 (97%) patients without and 28 of 31 (90%) patients with IHF. Overall, accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of CT for identifying CAD by segment was 96, 73, 99, 92, and 97%, respectively; by patient was 95, 98, 92, 91, and 98%, respectively; and for identifying IHF was 95, 90, 97, 93, and 95%, respectively.


Non-invasive 64-slice CT assessment of the extent of CAD may offer a valid alternative to angiography for the diagnosis of IHF.

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