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e 94 percent and 88 percent, respectively, for individuals with a TAPSE of 1.8 cm or greater. If the TAPSE was less, the survival rates were 60 percent at one year and 50 percent at two years."

The researchers said that patients with a TAPSE of less than 1.8 cm, showing more advanced right ventricular dysfunction, had a dramatically reduced survival rate over the average follow-up time of 19 months. Patients with a TAPSE of less than 1.5 cm had an especially poor outcome.

"Our results suggest that TAPSE is a robust measure of right ventricular function and a powerful predictor of patient survival in pulmonary hypertension," said Dr. Hassoun.

The investigators noted that they believed the TAPSE test should be incorporated into the echocardiographic assessment of all patients were pulmonary artery hypertension.


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American Thoracic Society
1-Nov-2006


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