Assessment of Mitral Annular Plane Systolic Excursion in Patients With Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction

Dagmar F. Hernandez-Suarez, Francisco Lopez-Menendez, Abiel Roche-Lima, Angel Lopez-Candales


Background: Mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE) is a well-known surrogate measurement of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and prognostic factor for many cardiac conditions. However, little is known about its role in assessing LV diastolic function; we therefore sought to identify potential determinants of MAPSE in patients with LV diastolic dysfunction (LVDD).

Methods: Our echocardiographic database was queried for studies of patients with normal sinus. Patients were allocated into three groups: LVDD 0, LVDD 1 and LVDD 2 in accordance with LVDD stages recommended by the American Society of Echocardiography guidelines.

Results: A total of 107 echocardiographic studies were included in the study. The mean MAPSE was 1.22 ± 0.32 cm. Groups LVDD 0 (n = 23), LVDD 1 (n = 43), and LVDD 2 (n = 41) were significantly different in most of the studied variables. Particularly, MAPSE differed between the three groups (P < 0.01). A multiple regression analysis showed that age, LVEF and LV mass index were predictors of MAPSE instead of LVDD and left atrial measurements. Finally, a regression model was constructed to predict MAPSE in the studied group showing that age and LVEF explained a 46% of the MAPSE variation. A two-way contour plot was illustrated to ease the model interpretation.

Conclusions: Age and measures of LV systolic function correlated well with MAPSE. A simplified model to predict MAPSE based on age and LVEF is proposed. Additional studies are needed to examine the potential role of MAPSE in identifying symptoms and overall prognosis in LVDD patients.

Cardiol Res. 2019;10(2):83-88


Echocardiography; Mitral annular plane systolic excursion; Diastolic dysfunction

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