Relationship of left ventricular mass to coronary atherosclerosis and myocardial ischaemia: The CORE320 multicenter study

Satoru Kishi, Tiago A. Magalhaes, Richard T. George, Marc Dewey, Roger J. Laham, Hiroyuki Niinuma, Lisa Aronson Friedman, Christopher Cox, Yutaka Tanami, Joanne D. Schuijf, Andrea L. Vavere, Kakuya Kitagawa, Marcus Y. Chen, Cesar H. Nomura, Jeffrey A. Brinker, Frank J. Rybicki, Marcelo F. Di Carli, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Joao A.C. Lima

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Aims: The aim of this study was to investigate the association of left ventricular mass (LVM) with coronary atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction (MI). Methods: Patients(n = 338) underwent 320 × 0.5 mmdetector row coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography, invasive and results coronary angiography (ICA), and single-photon emission CT (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging. Quantitative coronary atheroma volume was obtained from the CT images for the entire coronary tree (19-segment model) with an arterial contour detection algorithm. Normalized total atheroma volume (NormTAV) was analysedto reflect quantitative total atheroma volume. LVM was measuredon myocardial CT images and indexed to height to the power of 2.7 (LVMi). Patients with obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) were defined as those with ≥50% diameter stenosis by quantitative ICA. Abnormal perfusion defect was defined as ≥1 abnormal myocardial segment by SPECT. The association of LVMi with coronary atherosclerosis and myocardial perfusion defect on SPECT at the patient level was determined with uni- and multivariable linear and logistic regression analyses. Obstructive CAD was present in 60.0% of enrolled patients. LVMi was independently associated with abnormal summed rest score[SRS; oddsratio (OR), 1.07;95%confidence interval (CI), 1.03-1.09] and summed stress score (OR, 1.04; 95% CI, 1.01-1.07). An increase in LVMi was also independently associated with that in NormTAV (coefficient, 10.44; 95% CI, 1.50-19.39) and SRS ≥1 (OR, 1.05; 95% CI, 1.01-1.10), even after adjusting for cardiovascular risk factors in patients without previous MI. Conclusions: LVM was independently associated with the presence of coronary artery atherosclerosis and MI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-176
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean heart journal cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2015


  • Atheroma volume
  • Coronary atherosclerosis
  • Left ventricular mass
  • Myocardial ischaemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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