DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3956-9Pages: 1-7

Prognostic value of normal stress myocardial perfusion imaging and ventricular function in Japanese patients with chronic kidney disease: a study based on the J-ACCESS-3 database

1. Kanazawa University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine

2. Fukushima Medical University, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

3. Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Science

Correspondence to:
Tsunehiko Nishimura
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The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that a normal myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) study in chronic kidney disease (CKD) can provide benign prognostic information for the prediction of major cardiovascular events.


The study group consisted of 431 CKD patients (males, 64%; mean age, 72 ± 11 years) with normal SPECT imaging. Based on SPECT image and QGS data, 331 had a summed stress score of 3 or less, a summed difference score of 1 or less and normal cardiac function (males; end-systolic volume (ESV) ≤ 60 ml, females; ESV ≤ 40 ml, males, ejection fraction (EF) ≥ 49%; females, EF ≥ 50%).


During a 3-year follow-up period, there were a total of 27 major cardiovascular events, including cardiac death (n = 3), sudden death (n = 3), and acute coronary syndrome (n = 3), and 19 were hospitalized because of congestive heart failure. Kaplan–Meier analysis showed that the number of major cardiovascular events in patients with higher eGFR of ≥ 15 ml/min) were very few, and regarded as low risk. According to the eGFR status, namely < 15 (n = 58), 15 to < 30 (n = 97), 30 to < 45 (n = 131), ≥ 45 (n = 45), the higher cardiac event rate was observed in patients with eGFR of < 15 ml/min among the four groups. The major cardiovascular event rate in patients with the lowest eGFR (< 15) was twice as much than that in patients with eGFR of ≥ 30 ml/min. Lower hemoglobin (males, < 12 g/dl; females, < 11 g/dl) and higher CRP (CPR ≥ 0.3 mg/dl) were also the predictors of increased risk.


Normal stress SPECT images confer a benign prognosis in patients with CKD, but care must be taken for severely reduced renal function, which was associated with higher cardiac event.

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  • Accepted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Online: Mar 3, 2018

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