Cine MRI characterizes HFpEF and HFrEF in post-capillary pulmonary hypertension

Kai Lin*, Roberto Sarnari, Ashitha Pathrose, Daniel Z. Gordon, Julie Blaisdell, Michael Markl, James C. Carr

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Purpose: To test the hypothesis that cine MRI can be used to characterize features of left and right ventricles in post-capillary pulmonary hypertension (PH) caused by heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Methods: With the approval of institution review board (IRB), 28 consecutive post-capillary PH patients (11 males, 62.1 ± 13.4 years old, range 39–89 years old) underwent cine MRI scans. Cine MRI-derived left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (LVEF) and other function, motion, and deformation indices (acquired with heart deformation analysis [HDA]) were compared between PH-HFpEF (defined as LVEF ≥ 50 %]) and PH-HFrEF (LVEF < 50 %) patients and were related with right ventricular (RV) indices and right heart catheterization (RHC)-derived pulmonary artery measurements. Results: Totally 19 patients (68 %, 95 % confident interval [CI] 49 %–86 %) were assigned to PH-HFpEF group while 9 (32 %) was assigned to the PH-HFrEF group. There were differences of LV and right ventricular (RV) global functional indices, LV mass, LV displacement, velocity, strain and strain rate between the two patient groups. Cine MRI-derived LV indices had broad associations with RV indices and RHC measurements. LVEF was negatively correlated with pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) (r = -0.5, p = 0.007). LV cardiac index (LVCI) was associated with systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP) (r = 0.443, p = 0.018). Conclusions: PH-HFpEF and PH-HFrEF patients present dissimilar function, motion and deformation features in LV and RV. Cine MRI-derived LV measures are correlated with hemodynamic abnormalities of PH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number109679
JournalEuropean journal of radiology
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Cine MRI
  • HFpEF
  • HFrEF
  • Heart deformation analysis
  • Post-capillary pulmonary hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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