Background: Tissue synchronizing imaging (TSI) allows visual detection of asynchronous myocardial contraction. Although it is a screening tool for the detection of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony, its use as a qualitative method to assess dyssynchrony has not been studied. We evaluated the correlation of the visual assessment of dyssynchrony using TSI with quantitative assessment, the value of visual assessment to predict reverse remodeling to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Methods: Echocardiograms from 100 consecutive patients were retrospectively evaluated. We compared visual TSI assessment with the qualitative assessment of dyssynchrony obtained by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI). The utility of visual assessment as a predictor of response to CRT was evaluated in 43 patients. Results: In 86% of the cases, visual assessment was possible, and reproducibility was unrelated to observer experience. Each grade of visual dyssynchrony corresponded to a range of values of time to peak velocity (TPV) gradient (p < 0.001). Grade ≥1 dyssynchrony by visual assessment had 90% sensitivity and 95% specificity to identify ≥65 ms TPV gradient of LV opposing walls, and 93% sensitivity and 70% specificity to predict reverse LV remodeling. Conclusion: LV dyssynchrony may be visually assessed by TSI, which can also predict reverse LV remodeling.
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Left ventricular reverse remodeling
- Tissue Doppler imaging
- Tissue synchronization imaging