Journal of Liver: Disease & TransplantationISSN: 2325-9612

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Research Article, J Liver Dis Transplant Vol: 2 Issue: 1

Accuracy of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging to Diagnose Coronary Artery Disease in Patients Undergoing Liver Transplantation

Alba AC1*, Doumouras BS1, Mociornita AG1, Renner EL2 and Delgado DH1
1Cardiology, Heart Failure and Transplantation, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Canada
2Gastro-Intestinal Transplantation, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Canada
Corresponding author : Ana Carolina Alba
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Received: January 15, 2013 Accepted: May 10, 2013 Published: May 15, 2013
Citation: Alba AC, Doumouras BS, Mociornita AG, Renner EL, Delgado DH (2013) Accuracy of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging to Diagnose Coronary Artery Disease in Patients Undergoing Liver Transplantation. J Liver: Dis Transplant 2:1. doi:10.4172/2325-9612.1000109

Abstract

Accuracy of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging to Diagnose Coronary Artery Disease in Patients Undergoing Liver Transplantation

Assessing cardiac risk in patients with advanced liver disease is complex due to difficulties in evaluating patient’s functional capacity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI) to identify Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) in this group of patients. Cardiovascular disease is a common cause of death in patients with advanced liver disease pre- and posttransplantation. Myocardial perfusion imaging is a useful test to detect CAD. However, it does not add diagnostic value in the presence of normal or mildly positive results.

Keywords: Liver transplantation; Myocardial perfusion test; Sensitivity; Specificity

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