Background — Transient ischemic dilatation (TID) of the left ventricle is a potential marker of high risk obstructive coronary artery disease on stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). There is, however, interstudy variation in the diagnostic performance of TID for identification of severe and extensive coronary disease anatomy, and varied prognostic implications in the published literature.
Methods — We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and COCHRANE databases for studies where TID was compared with invasive or CT coronary angiography for evaluation of coronary artery stenosis. Two reviewers independently evaluated and abstracted data from each study. A bivariate random effects model was used to derive pooled sensitivities and specificities, in order to account for correlation between TID in MPI and anatomic disease severity.
Results — A total of 525 articles were reviewed, of which 51 met inclusion criteria. Thirty-one studies contributed to the analysis, representing a total of 2037 patients in the diagnostic meta-analysis and 9003 patients in the review of prognosis. The ratio above which TID was deemed present ranged from 1.13 to 1.38. Pooled sensitivity was 44% (95% CI 30%-60%) and specificity was 88% (95% CI 83%-92%) for the detection of extensive or severe anatomic coronary artery disease. Analysis of outcome data demonstrated increased cardiac event rates in patients with TID and an abnormal MPI. In otherwise normal perfusion, TID is an indicator of poor prognosis in patients with diabetes and/or a history of coronary disease.
Conclusions — Among patients undergoing MPI, the presence of TID is specific for the detection of extensive or severe coronary artery disease.
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