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Europace ; 20(11): 1813-1818, 2018 11 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29509903


Aims: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established procedure for patients with heart failure. However, trials evaluating its efficacy did not include patients with chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy (CCC). We aimed to assess the role of CRT in a cohort of patients with CCC. Methods and results: This retrospective study compared the outcomes of CCC patients who underwent CRT with those of dilated (DCM) and ischaemic cardiomyopathies (ICM). The primary endpoint was all-cause mortality and the secondary endpoints were the rate of non-advanced New York Heart Association (NYHA) class 12 months after CRT and echocardiographic changes evaluated at least 6 months after CRT. There were 115 patients in the CCC group, 177 with DCM, and 134 with ICM. The annual mortality rates were 25.4%, 10.4%, and 11.3%, respectively (P < 0.001). Multivariate analysis adjusted for potential confounders showed that the CCC group had a two-fold [hazard ratio 2.34 (1.47-3.71), P < 0.001] higher risk of death compared to the DCM group. The rate of non-advanced NYHA class 12 months after CRT was significantly higher in non-CCC groups than in the CCC group (DCM 74.0% vs. ICM 73.9% vs. 56.5%, P < 0.001). Chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy and ICM patients had no improvement in the echocardiographic evaluation, but patients in the DCM group had an increase in left ventricular ejection fraction and a decrease in left ventricular end-diastolic diameter. Conclusion: This study showed that CCC patients submitted to CRT have worse prognosis compared to patients with DCM and ICM who undergo CRT. Studies comparing CCC patients with and without CRT are warranted.

Terapia de Ressincronização Cardíaca , Cardiomiopatia Chagásica , Brasil/epidemiologia , Terapia de Ressincronização Cardíaca/efeitos adversos , Terapia de Ressincronização Cardíaca/métodos , Cardiomiopatia Dilatada/diagnóstico , Cardiomiopatia Dilatada/mortalidade , Cardiomiopatia Dilatada/fisiopatologia , Cardiomiopatia Dilatada/terapia , Cardiomiopatia Chagásica/diagnóstico , Cardiomiopatia Chagásica/mortalidade , Cardiomiopatia Chagásica/fisiopatologia , Cardiomiopatia Chagásica/terapia , Desfibriladores Implantáveis , Ecocardiografia/métodos , Feminino , Insuficiência Cardíaca/etiologia , Insuficiência Cardíaca/mortalidade , Insuficiência Cardíaca/terapia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Volume Sistólico
Int J Infect Dis ; 19: 87-90, 2014 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24291467


Lead endocarditis (LE) is one of the most feared complications and remains a challenging diagnosis in cardiology due to the possibility of an obscure clinical course and symptoms, leading to a delayed diagnosis, or even no diagnosis. (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) appears to be a valuable imaging technique and has been shown to have advantages in the diagnosis of patients with fever of unknown origin. We present the case of a 52-year-old man with a 3-year history of intermittent fever, chills, anemia, and weight loss (13kg). He was submitted to an extensive investigation to clarify his symptoms and all results were negative. LE was finally diagnosed by FDG PET/CT. This examination could become a useful noninvasive method for the detection of LE at an earlier stage, thus avoiding repeated tests and reducing the length of hospital stay.

Endocardite não Infecciosa/etiologia , Febre de Causa Desconhecida/etiologia , Fluordesoxiglucose F18 , Marca-Passo Artificial/efeitos adversos , Tomografia por Emissão de Pósitrons/métodos , Compostos Radiofarmacêuticos , Anemia , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Endocardite não Infecciosa/diagnóstico por imagem , Febre de Causa Desconhecida/diagnóstico por imagem , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Reoperação , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Perda de Peso