Left ventricular regional function and maximal exercise capacity in aortic stenosis.
; ; DAVIN, Laurent et al
in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (in press)
AIMS: The objective assessment of maximal exercise capacity (MEC) using peak oxygen consumption (VO2) measurement may be helpful in the management of asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) patients. However ... [more ▼]
AIMS: The objective assessment of maximal exercise capacity (MEC) using peak oxygen consumption (VO2) measurement may be helpful in the management of asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) patients. However, the relationship between left ventricular (LV) function and MEC has been relatively unexplored. We aimed to identify which echocardiographic parameters of LV systolic function can predict MEC in asymptomatic AS. METHODS AND RESULTS: Asymptomatic patients with moderate to severe AS (n = 44, aortic valve area <1.5 cm2, 66 ± 13 years, 75% of men) and preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF > 50%) were prospectively referred for resting echocardiography and cardiopulmonary exercise test. LV longitudinal strain (LS) of each myocardial segment was measured by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) from the apical (aLS) 4-, 2-, and 3-chamber views. An average value of the LS of the analysable segments was provided for each myocardial region: basal (bLS), mid (mLS), and aLS. LV circumferential and radial strains were measured from short-axis views. Peak VO2 was 20.1 ± 5.8 mL/kg/min (median 20.7 mL/kg/min; range 7.2-32.3 mL/kg/min). According to the median of peak VO2, patients with reduced MEC were significantly older (P < 0.001) and more frequently females (P = 0.05). There were significant correlations between peak VO2 and age (r = -0.44), LV end-diastolic volume (r = 0.35), LV stroke volume (r = 0.37), indexed stroke volume (r = 0.32), and E/e' ratio (r = -0.37, all P < 0.04). Parameters of AS severity and LVEF did not correlate with peak VO2 (P = NS for all). Among LV deformation parameters, bLS and mLS were significantly associated with peakVO2 (r = 0.43, P = 0.005, and r = 0.32, P = 0.04, respectively). With multivariable analysis, female gender (β = 4.9; P = 0.008) and bLS (β = 0.50; P = 0.03) were the only independent determinants (r2 = 0.423) of peak VO2. CONCLUSION: In asymptomatic AS, impaired LV myocardial longitudinal function determines reduced MEC. Basal LS was the only parameter of LV regional function independently associated with MEC. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 40 (10 ULg)
STRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY FOR VALVE DISEASE/: AORTIC REGURGITATION AND MITRAL STENOSIS
LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ;
in ASE's comprehensive echocardiography, second edition (2016)Detailed reference viewed: 6 (0 ULg)
STENOSE AORTIQUE SEVERE ASYMPTOMATIQUE A FRACTION D'EJECTION VENTRICULAIRE GAUCHE PRESERVEE. EVALUATION A L'EFFORT: QUELS RESULTATS ET QUELLES DECISIONS?
; ; et al
in Annales de Cardiologie et d'Angeiologie (2015), 64(2), 100-108Detailed reference viewed: 28 (4 ULg)
Exercice stress echocardiography in secondary mitral regurgitation : impact of pulmonary hypertension
; PIERARD, Luc ; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio
in Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases (2015, January), 7Detailed reference viewed: 3 (0 ULg)
Cardiovascular outcome in systemic sclerosis.
; ; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena et al
in Acta cardiologica (2015), 70(5), 554-63
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular involvement is recognized as a poor prognostic factor in systemic sclerosis (SSc). The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of nailfold video-capillaroscopy (NVC ... [more ▼]
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular involvement is recognized as a poor prognostic factor in systemic sclerosis (SSc). The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of nailfold video-capillaroscopy (NVC), brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) blood level and exercise echocardiography to predict the occurrence of cardiovascular events in SSc. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 65 patients with SSc (age 54+/-14 years, 30% female) followed in CHU Sart-Tilman, Liege, Belgium. All patients underwent graded semi-supine exercise echocardiography. Both baseline resting pulmonary hypertension (PH) and PH during follow-up (FUPH) were defined as systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (sPAP)>35 mmHg, and exercise-induced PH (EIPH) as sPAP>50 mmHg during exercise. RESULTS: EIPH was present in 21 patients. During FU (27+/-18 months), 13 patients developed FUPH and 9 presented cardiovascular complications. Patients with cardiovascular events were significantly older (63+/-14 vs 52+/-13 years; P=0.03), presented more frequently NVC grade>2 (89 vs 43%; P=0.009), had higher resting and exercise sPAP (30+/-6 vs 24+/-6; P=0.007 and 57+/-13 vs 44+/-13 vs mmHg; P=0.01, respectively), and higher BNP blood level (112+/-106 vs 26+/-19 pg/ml; P=0.0001). After adjustment for age and gender, NVC grade>2 (ss=2.4+/-1.1; P=0.03), EIPH (ss=2.30+/-1.13; P=0.04), FUPH (ss=0.24+/-0.09; P=0.01 and ss=3.52+/-1.16; P=0.002, respectively;) and BNP (ss=0.08+/-0.04; P=0.02) were independent predictors of CV events. Beyond age, an incremental value of EIPH, BNP and NVC grade>2 was predictive of cardiovascular events (P<0.001). CONCLUSION: Cardiovascular complications are not rare in SSc (18%). NVC, BNP blood level assessment and exercise echocardiography could be useful tools to identify patients at risk of SSc. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 12 (1 ULg)
Impact of Serial B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Changes for Predicting Outcome in Asymptomatic Patients With Aortic Stenosis.
; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ; et al
in The Canadian journal of cardiology (2015)
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the impact on the outcome of serial B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) changes during follow-up in asymptomatic patients with >/= moderate aortic stenosis ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the impact on the outcome of serial B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) changes during follow-up in asymptomatic patients with >/= moderate aortic stenosis (AS) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction. METHODS: We prospectively screened 69 patients who underwent comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography, BNP level measurement at baseline and after every 6 or 12 months. Annualized BNP changes were calculated as the difference between the last and baseline BNP measurements divided by the duration of follow-up. The primary endpoint was the occurrence of symptoms, aortic valve replacement, or cardiovascular death. RESULTS: During a follow-up of 30 +/- 19 months, 43 patients experienced a cardiac event. These patients were significantly older (73 +/- 9 vs 65 +/- 16 years; P = 0.010), had more often dyslipidemia (79% vs 42%; P = 0.038), more severe AS (peak velocity: 3.9 +/- 0.6 vs 3.5 +/- 0.6 m/s; P = 0.002), larger indexed left atrial area (10.2 +/- 2.5 vs 8.7 +/- 1.9 cm2/m2; P = 0.006), and a higher increase in annualized BNP (+90 +/- 155 vs +7 +/- 49 pg/mL/y; P = 0.010). Patients with higher annualized BNP changes (> 20 pg/mL/y) had a significantly lower cardiac event-free survival (1 year: 63 +/- 8% vs 97 +/- 3%; 3 years: 31 +/- 8% vs 68 +/- 8%; P < 0.001). Using the multivariate Cox proportional hazards model, higher annualized BNP changes were significantly associated with increased risk of cardiac events (hazard ratio: 2.73, 95% confidence interval: 1.27-5.86; P = 0.010) after adjustment for age, dyslipidemia, and echocardiographic parameters. CONCLUSIONS: In asymptomatic patients with AS and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, the use of serial BNP changes may help to anticipate development of class I indication for aortic valve replacement. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 27 (0 ULg)
New biomarkers for primary mitral regurgitation.
; ; MOONEN, Marie et al
in Clinical proteomics (2015), 12
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation is a frequent valvular heart disease affecting around 2.5 % of the population with prevalence directly related to aging. Degeneration of mitral valve is broadly considered ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation is a frequent valvular heart disease affecting around 2.5 % of the population with prevalence directly related to aging. Degeneration of mitral valve is broadly considered as a passive ongoing pathophysiological process and little is known about its physiological deregulation. The purpose of this study was to highlight new biomarkers of mitral regurgitation in order to decipher the underlying pathological mechanism as well as to allow the diagnosis and the monitoring of the disease. RESULTS: Modulation of various blood proteins expression was examined in patients suffering from different grades of mitral regurgitation (mild, moderate and severe) compared to healthy controls. To this end, several routine clinical assays and the multi analyte profile technology targeting 184 proteins were used. High-density lipoprotein, apolipoprotein-A1, haptoglobin and haptoglobin-alpha2 chain levels significantly decreased proportionally to the degree of mitral regurgitation when compared to controls. High-density lipoprotein and apolipoprotein-A1 levels were associated with effective regurgitant orifice area and regurgitant volume. Apolipoprotein-A1 was an independent predictor of severe mitral regurgitation. Moreover, with ordinal logistic regression, apolipoprotein-A1 remained the only independent factor associated with mitral regurgitation. In addition, myxomatous mitral valves were studied by immunocytochemistry. We observed an increase of LC3, the marker of autophagy, in myxomatous mitral valves compared with healthy mitral valves. CONCLUSION: These potential biomarkers of mitral regurgitation highlighted different cellular processes that could be modified in myxomatous degenerescence: reverse cholesterol transport, antioxidant properties and autophagy. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 25 (4 ULg)
The STIB score: a simple clinical test to predict clopidogrel resistance.
; ; et al
in Acta Cardiologica (2015), 70
STIB HPR score allows identification of patients with a high probability of resistance to clopidogrel based on diabetes, Hb<13.9g/dl and BMI > 28kg/m². This bedside clinical test could be useful for the ... [more ▼]
STIB HPR score allows identification of patients with a high probability of resistance to clopidogrel based on diabetes, Hb<13.9g/dl and BMI > 28kg/m². This bedside clinical test could be useful for the indentification of patients in whom another P2Y12 inhibitor should be recommended before and after PCI. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 17 (1 ULg)
Active and total myeloperoxidase in coronary artery disease and relation to clinical instability.
GACH, Olivier ; BROGNEAUX, Cédric ; Franck, Thierry et al
in Acta cardiologica (2015), 70(5), 522-7Detailed reference viewed: 14 (2 ULg)
Elevated heart rate at 24-36 h after admission and in-hospital mortality in acute in non-arrhythmic heart failure
Lancellotti, Patrizio ; ANCION, Arnaud ; et al
in International journal of cardiology (2015), 182C
BACKGROUND: Elevated resting heart rate is associated with worse outcomes in chronic heart failure (HF) but little is known about its prognostic impact in acute setting. The main aim of the present study ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND: Elevated resting heart rate is associated with worse outcomes in chronic heart failure (HF) but little is known about its prognostic impact in acute setting. The main aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between resting heart rate obtained 24-36h after admission for acute non-arrhythmic HF and in-hospital mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined the association of heart rate with in-hospital mortality in a cohort of 712 patients admitted for acute HF. None of the patients had significant arrhythmias, required invasive ventilation, or presented with acute coronary syndrome or primary valvular disease. Forty patients (5.6%) died during the hospital stay. Those patients were significantly older (78+/-9 vs. 72+/-12years; p=0.0021), had higher heart rate (92+/-22 vs. 78+/-18bpm; p<0.0001), NT pro-BNP (p=0.0005), creatinine (p=0.023), were often diabetics (p=0.026) and had lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures (p<0.05). There was a significant graded relationship between the increase in mortality rate and tertile of heart rate (p<0.01). With multivariable analysis, age (p=0.037), heart rate (p<0.0001), diastolic blood pressure (p<0.001), prior ischemic heart disease (p=0.02) and creatinine (p=0.019) emerged as independent predictors of in-hospital mortality. After adjusting for predictors of poor prognosis, patients in the highest heart rate tertile had worst outcomes when compared with those in the lowest heart rate group (p=0.007). CONCLUSIONS: Higher heart rate 24-36h after admission for acute non-arrhythmic HF is associated with increased risk of in-hospital mortality. Early targeting of elevated heart rate might represent a complementary therapeutic challenge. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 22 (6 ULg)
EuroEcho-Imaging 2014: highlights.
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in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2015), 16(7), 703-711
The annual meeting of the European Association of Echocardiography (EuroEcho-Imaging) was held in Vienna, Austria. In the present paper, we present a summary of the 'Highlights' session.Detailed reference viewed: 20 (2 ULg)
Clinical Significance of Exercise Pulmonary Hypertension in Secondary Mitral Regurgitation.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ; ; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena et al
in The American journal of cardiology (2015)
In patients with heart failure, exercise echocardiography can help in risk stratification and decision making. The prognostic significance of exercise pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with ... [more ▼]
In patients with heart failure, exercise echocardiography can help in risk stratification and decision making. The prognostic significance of exercise pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with secondary mitral regurgitation (MR) remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to assess the prognostic value of exercise PH in patients with secondary MR and narrow QRS intervals. From 2005 to 2012, 159 consecutive patients with secondary MR, narrow QRS intervals, left ventricular dysfunction (mean ejection fraction 36 +/- 7%), and measurable systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (SPAP) during exercise echocardiography were included. Resting and exercise PH were defined as SPAP >50 and >60 mm Hg, respectively. Exercise PH was more frequent than resting PH (40% vs 13%, p <0.0001). On multivariate logistic regression, the independent determinants of exercise PH were resting SPAP (p <0.0001), exercise MR severity (p <0.0001), and e'-wave velocity (p = 0.004). The incidence of cardiac events during follow-up was significantly higher in patients with exercise PH compared with those without exercise PH (4 years: 40 +/- 7% vs 20 +/- 5%, p <0.0001). Patients with exercise PH exhibited higher rates of cardiac events and death than those with resting PH. In a multivariate Cox proportional hazards model, exercise PH was independently associated with the occurrence of cardiac events (p <0.0001). In conclusion, in patients with secondary MR, exercise PH is determined mainly by resting SPAP, left ventricular diastolic burden, and exercise MR severity. Exercise PH is a powerful predictor of poor outcomes, with a 5.3-fold increased risk for cardiac-related death during follow-up. These results highlight the added value of exercise echocardiography in secondary MR. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 19 (1 ULg)
Echocardiographic reference ranges for normal cardiac Doppler data: results from the NORRE Study.
; ; et al
in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2015)
AIMS: Reference values for Doppler parameters according to age and gender are recommended for the assessment of heart physiology, specifically for left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. In this study ... [more ▼]
AIMS: Reference values for Doppler parameters according to age and gender are recommended for the assessment of heart physiology, specifically for left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. In this study, we report normal reference ranges for Doppler parameters obtained in a large group of healthy volunteers. Echocardiographic data were acquired using state-of-the-art cardiac ultrasound equipment following Doppler acquisition and measurement protocols approved by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 449 (mean age: 45.8 +/- 13.7 years) healthy volunteers (198 men and 251 women) were enrolled at the collaborating institutions of the Normal Reference Ranges for Echocardiography (NORRE) study. A comprehensive echocardiographic examination was obtained from all subjects following predefined protocols. The majority of the Doppler diastolic parameters (e', E/e') as well as right ventricle systolic s' wave velocity were similar in men and women. Left ventricle s' wave velocity was higher in men than in women. E wave and e' were higher in younger subjects and decreased progressively in the older ones. E/e' ratio increased with ageing. Septal e' <8 cm/s was present in 19.7% of the subjects in the 40-60 year group and in 55% of those in the >/=60 year group. However, the cut-off value of average E/e' or lateral E/e' remained <15 or 13, respectively, in the majority of patients. CONCLUSION: The NORRE study provides the reference values for the most useful Doppler parameters in the evaluation of heart physiology. These data highlight the need of using age-specific reference values especially for the diagnosis of LV systolic and diastolic dysfunction and for the estimation of LV filling pressures. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 8 (2 ULg)
Pulmonary Hypertension in Valvular Disease: A Comprehensive Review on Pathophysiology to Therapy From the HAVEC Group.
; ; et al
in JACC. Cardiovascular imaging (2015), 8(1), 83-99
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a classic pathophysiological consequence of left-sided valvular heart disease (VHD). However, as opposed to other forms of PH, there are relatively few published data on the ... [more ▼]
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a classic pathophysiological consequence of left-sided valvular heart disease (VHD). However, as opposed to other forms of PH, there are relatively few published data on the prevalence, impact on outcome, and management of PH with VHD. The objective of this paper is to present a systematic review of PH in patients with VHD. PH is found in 15% to 60% of patients with VHD and is more frequent among symptomatic patients. PH is associated with higher risk of cardiac events under conservative management, during valve replacement or repair procedures, and even following successful corrective procedures. In addition to its usefulness in assessing the presence and severity of VHD, Doppler echocardiography is a key tool in diagnosis of PH and assessment of its repercussion on right ventricular function. Assessment of pulmonary arterial pressure during exercise stress echocardiography may provide additional prognostic information beyond resting evaluation. Cardiac magnetic resonance is also useful for assessing right ventricular geometry and function, which provide additional prognostic information in patients with VHD and PH. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 19 (0 ULg)
Impact of gender difference in hospital outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention. Results of the Belgian Working Group on Interventional Cardiology (BWGIC) registry
LEMPEREUR, Mathieu ; ; et al
in EuroIntervention : Journal of EuroPCR in Collaboration with the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology (2014)
Aims: To determine whether there are gender-based differences in in-hospital outcomes among patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Methods and results: We studied a large cohort ... [more ▼]
Aims: To determine whether there are gender-based differences in in-hospital outcomes among patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Methods and results: We studied a large cohort using clinical data from a registry of 130,985 PCI procedures in Belgium, from January 2006 to February 2011. Compared to males, females were significantly older (70.3 vs. 64.8 years), and were more frequently diabetic or hypertensive. Men smoked more and more frequently had previous myocardial infarction (MI), previous PCI or previous coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Coronary artery disease (CAD) was less severe in women, and PCI to the left anterior descending artery was more common in female patients. Unadjusted in-hospital mortality rates were higher in females versus males (2.5% for women and 1.6% for men, p<0.0001). After multivariable analysis, female gender remained an independent predictor of mortality (odds ratio 1.35, 95% CI: 1.22-1.49, p<0.0001). Conclusions: Gender-based differences in hospital mortality rates after PCI were observed in this large registry. Female sex remained an independent predictor of mortality after multivariable adjustment. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 47 (6 ULg)
Réserve contractile dans l’insuffisance mitrale primaire asymptomatique
PIERARD, Luc ; ; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena et al
in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(S2), 8-11
Résumé : L’étude rapportée avait pour but de quantifier la réserve contractile ventriculaire gauche (VG) et d’évaluer son utilité pour la stratification du risque chez les patients asymptomatiques avec ... [more ▼]
Résumé : L’étude rapportée avait pour but de quantifier la réserve contractile ventriculaire gauche (VG) et d’évaluer son utilité pour la stratification du risque chez les patients asymptomatiques avec insuffisance mitrale (IM) primaire. Une échocardiographie au repos et à l’effort, incluant le suivi des marqueurs acoustiques, a été effectuée chez 115 patients consécutifs, présentant une IM primaire modérée ou sévère.La réserve contractile du VG est définie comme une augmentation induite par l’effort de la fraction d’éjection VG ≥ 4% ou de la déformation longitudinale VG ≥ 2%. La réserve contractile VG est absente dans approximativement la moitié de la population. Cette absence est un facteur prédictif indépendant d’événement cardiaque, s’il est évalué par les changements induits par l’effort de la fonction longitudinale VG, mais pas ceux de la fraction d’éjection VG. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 25 (2 ULg)
Impact of exercise pulmonary hypertension on postoperative outcome in primary mitral regurgitation.
; ; et al
in Heart (British Cardiac Society) (2014)
AIMS: The management of asymptomatic patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) remains controversial. Exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (ExPHT) was recently reported as a strong predictor of rapid ... [more ▼]
AIMS: The management of asymptomatic patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) remains controversial. Exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (ExPHT) was recently reported as a strong predictor of rapid onset of symptoms. We hypothesised that ExPHT is a predictor of postoperative cardiovascular events in patients with primary MR. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred and two patients with primary MR, no or mild symptoms (New York heart association (NYHA) </=2), and no LV dysfunction/dilatation, were prospectively recruited in 3 centres and underwent exercise-stress echocardiography. The presence of ExPHT was defined as an exercise systolic pulmonary arterial pressure >60 mm Hg. All patients were closely followed up and operated on when indication for surgery was reached. Postoperative events were defined as the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF), stroke, cardiac-related hospitalisation or death. Among the 102 patients included, 59 developed ExPHT (58%). These patients were significantly older than those without ExPHT (p=0.01). During a mean postoperative follow-up of 50+/-23 months, 28 patients (26%) experienced a predefined cardiovascular event. Patients with ExPHT had significantly higher rate of postoperative events (39% vs 12%, p=0.005); the rate of events was still higher in these patients (32% vs 9%, p=0.013), even when excluding early postoperative AF (ie, within 48 h). Event-free survival was significantly lower in the ExPHT group (all events: 5-year: 60+/-8% vs 88+/-5%, p=0.007, events without early AF: 5-year: 67+/-7% vs 90+/-4%, p=0.02). Using Cox multivariable analysis, ExPHT remained independently associated with higher risk of postoperative events in all models (all p</=0.04). CONCLUSIONS: ExPHT is associated with increased risk of adverse cardiac events following mitral valve surgery in patients with primary MR. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 11 (0 ULg)
Prognostic value of plasma B-type natriuretic peptide levels after exercise in patients with severe asymptomatic aortic stenosis.
; ; et al
in Heart (British Cardiac Society) (2014)
BACKGROUND: Exercise-stress echocardiography is useful in management and risk stratification of patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS). Resting B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level is ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND: Exercise-stress echocardiography is useful in management and risk stratification of patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS). Resting B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level is associated with increased risk of adverse events. The incremental prognostic value of BNP response during exercise is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the usefulness of plasma level of BNP during exercise to predict occurrence of events in asymptomatic patients with severe AS. METHODS: Resting and exercise-stress echocardiographic data and plasma BNP levels were prospectively collected in 211 asymptomatic AS patients in whom 157 had severe AS with preserved LVEF in two centres. The study end-point was the occurrence of death or aortic valve replacement. RESULTS: Plasma BNP level increased from rest to exercise (p<0.0001). During a mean follow-up of 1.5+/-1.2 years, 87 patients with severe AS reached the predefined end-point. Higher peak-exercise BNP level was associated with higher occurrence of adverse events (p<0.0001). In multivariate analysis, second and third tertiles of peak-exercise BNP (T2: HR=2.9; p=0.002 and T3: HR=5.3; p<0.0001, respectively) were powerful predictors of events compared with the first tertile. Further adjustment for resting BNP provided comparable results (T2: HR=2.8; p=0.003 and T3: HR=5.0; p<0.0001). This relationship persisted in both subsets of patients with low or high resting BNP. CONCLUSIONS: This study reports that peak-exercise BNP level provides significant incremental prognostic value beyond what is achieved by demographic and echocardiographic data, as well as resting BNP level. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 15 (0 ULg)