Echocardiographic predictors of sudden cardiac death

Suma H. Konety, Ryan J. Koene, Faye L. Norby, Tony Wilsdon, Alvaro Alonso, David Siscovick, Nona Sotoodehnia, John Gottdiener, Ervin R. Fox, Lin Y. Chen, Selcuk Adabag, Aaron R. Folsom

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Background - This study assessed the echocardiographic predictors of sudden cardiac death (SCD) within 2 population-based cohorts. Methods and Results - Echocardiograms were obtained on 2383 participants (1993-1995) from the ARIC study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities; 100% black) and 5366 participants (1987-1989 and 1994-1995) from the CHS (Cardiovascular Health Study). The main outcome was physician-adjudicated SCD. We used Cox proportional-hazards models with incident coronary heart disease and heart failure as time-dependent covariates to assess the association between echocardiographic variables and SCD, adjusting for Framingham risk score variables, coronary heart disease, and renal function. Cohort-specific results were meta-analyzed. During a median follow-up of 7.3 and 13.1 years, 44 ARIC study participants and 275 CHS participants had SCD, respectively. In the meta-analyzed results, the adjusted hazard ratios (95% confidence intervals) for predictors of SCD were 3.07 (2.29-4.11) for reduced left ventricular ejection fraction; 1.85 (1.36-2.52) for mitral annular calcification; 1.64 (1.07-2.51) for mitral E/A >1.5, and 1.52 (1.14-2.02) for mitral E/A <0.7 (versus mitral E/A 0.7-1.5); 1.30 (1.15-1.48) per 1 SD increase in left ventricular mass; and 1.15 (1.02-1.30) per 1 SD increase in left atrial diameter. A receiver-operating characteristic model for prediction of SCD using Framingham risk score variables had a C statistic of 0.61 for ARIC study and 0.67 for CHS; the full multivariable model including all echocardiographic variables had a C statistic of 0.76 for ARIC study and 0.74 for CHS. Conclusions - In addition to reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, we identified other echocardiographic-derived variables predictive for SCD that provided incremental value compared with clinical risk factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere004431
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

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Funding Information:
The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study is performed as a collaborative study supported by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute contracts (HHSN268201100005C, HHSN268201100006C, HHSN268201100007C, HHSN268201100008C, HHSN2682011 00009C, HHSN268201100010C, HHSN268201100011C, and HHSN 268201100012C). SCD adjudication in ARIC study was supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. We thank the staff and participants of the ARIC study for their important contributions. This research was supported by contracts HHSN268201200036C, HHSN268200800007C, N01HC55222, N01HC85079, N01HC85080, N01HC85081, N01HC85082, N01HC85083, and N01HC85086 and a grant U01HL080295 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), with additional contribution from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Additional support was provided by R01AG023629 from the National Institute on Aging. A full list of principal CHS investigators and institutions can be found at Support for Dr Sotoodehnia was provided by HL111089, HL116747, and HL092111.

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© 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.


  • echocardiography
  • heart
  • risk factors
  • sudden cardiac death


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