Heart Transplant Patient Outcomes: 5-Year Mean Follow-Up by Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography

OBJECTIVES: We evaluate the feasibility and safety of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) as the first-line investigation in heart transplant patients and the rate of coronary allograft vasculopathy detected using CCTA.  


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  1. Interesting paper. CTA may be a reasonable alternative to some of the invasive angiograms (+/- IVUS). RV biopsies are stil needed. This study also suggest a longer time intervals (>1 year) for angiography (by CTA) in patints with initial normal CTA’s. I am not sure if our transplant collegues would agree, but perhaps if repeated scans are normal then it may be reasonable.

  2. See post from 11/7/2009 also:

    Comparison of dual source computed tomography versus intravascular ultrasound for evaluation of coronary arteries at least one year after cardiac transplantation.
    Schepis T, Achenbach S, Weyand M, Raum P, Marwan M, Pflederer T, Daniel WG, Tandler R, Kondruweit M, Ropers D.
    Am J Cardiol. 2009 Nov 15;104(10):1351-6.

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