Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction as a Mechanism of Angina in Severe AS: Prospective Adenosine-Stress CMR Study.

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Although a common symptom in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) without obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), little is known about the pathogenesis of exertional angina.


This study sought to prove that microvascular dysfunction is responsible for chest pain in patients with severe AS and normal epicardial coronary arteries using adenosine-stress cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging.


Between June 2012 and April 2015, 117 patients with severe AS without obstructive CAD and 20 normal controls were enrolled prospectively. After exclusions, study patients were divided into 2 groups according to presence of exertional chest pain: an angina group (n = 43) and an asymptomatic group (n = 41), and the semiquantitative myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI) was calculated.


MPRI values were significantly lower in severe AS patients than in normal controls (0.90 ± 0.31 vs. 1.25 ± 0.21; p < 0.001), and were much lower in the angina group than the asymptomatic group (0.74 ± 0.25 vs. 1.08 ± 0.28; p < 0.001). In logistic regression analysis, the only independent predictor for angina was MPRI (odds ratio: 0.003; p < 0.001). Univariate associations with MPRI were identified for diastolic blood pressure, E/e' ratio, left ventricular volume and ejection fraction, cardiac index, presence of late gadolinium enhancement, and left ventricular mass index (LVMI). In multivariate analysis, LVMI was the strongest contributing factor to MPRI (standardization coefficient: -0.428; p < 0.001).


Our results suggest that, in patients with severe AS without obstructive CAD, angina is related to impaired coronary microvascular function along with LV hypertrophy detectable by semiquantitative MPRI using adenosine-stress CMR.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ahn, J-H; Kim, SM; Park, S-J; Jeong, DS; Woo, M-A; Jung, S-H; Lee, S-C; Park, SW; Choe, YH; Park, PW; Oh, JK

Published Date

  • March 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 67 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1412 - 1422

PubMed ID

  • 27012401

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-3597

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0735-1097

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.01.013


  • eng