Open Journal of Medical Imaging

Volume 2, Issue 2 (June 2012)

ISSN Print: 2164-2788   ISSN Online: 2164-2796

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Prognostic Utility of Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography in the Obese African American Population

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DOI: 10.4236/ojmi.2012.22009    2,920 Downloads   5,547 Views   Citations


Background: The predictive value of Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography (DSE) in the obese African American patient population is not well known. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study of 555 African American patients between 1/1/2001-12/31/2001. DSE responses were classified into normal, ischemia, scar, or scar +/? ischemia. End-points utilized were all cause death (ACD) and major adverse cardiac events (MACE). Results: There were a total of 409 obese patients and 146 non-obese patients. By multi-variate analysis only the scar group in the obese population predicted ACD (p = 0.003) and combined MACE (p = 0.014). Kaplan Meir analysis demonstrated that only the scar group was associated with decrease in freedom from all cause death (p < 0.001) and combined MACE (p < 0.001). Conclusion: DSE retains its prognostic power in the obese African American population and scar has important impli-cations for MACE.

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A. Khan, E. Valdiviezo, G. Singh, S. Kanjanauthai, W. Nazneen and K. Ananthasubramaniam, "Prognostic Utility of Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography in the Obese African American Population," Open Journal of Medical Imaging, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2012, pp. 50-56. doi: 10.4236/ojmi.2012.22009.

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