Coronary risk stratification in patients with end-stage lung disease

Aditya K. Kaza, Jeffrey F. Dietz, John A. Kern, David R. Jones, Mark K. Robbins, Steven M. Fiser, Stewart M. Long, James D. Bergin, Irving L. Kron, Curtis G. Tribble

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Background: Significant coronary artery disease (CAD) has been a contraindication for listing patients for lung transplantation. We hypothesize that coronary risk stratification can help identify a sub-set of patients who need additional diagnostic tools and intervention. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of 72 consecutive patients who underwent lung transplantation at our institution from 1995 to 2000. Further, a review of patients who are currently listed for transplantation yielded 48 patients. We then identified the various risk factors for CAD, the diagnostic tools used, and pre-operative intervention. Risk factors identified included smoking history, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, CAD, congestive heart failure, age >50, and arrhythmias. Based on these risk factors, the patients were then classified into 2 groups: low risk (≤1 risk factors) and high risk (≥2 risk factors). We identified the patients in each group who underwent coronary angiography (CA), those with angiographic evidence of CAD, and those who received pre-operative intervention. Results: Of the 72 patients who underwent lung transplantation, 48 were identified as at high risk for CAD. Of these, 5 patients had CAD diagnosed before surgery using CA, and 1 patient received pre-operative intervention. Of the 48 patients currently on the lung transplant list, we identified 28 patients as high risk for CAD, 12 of whom were noted to have CA, and 2 of whom received pre-operative intervention. Conclusions: Although CAD was once a contraindication for lung transplantation, pre-operative risk stratification allows identification of CAD with CA in a high-risk group. We believe that by using appropriate pre-operative cardiac intervention, patients with severe CAD could successfully undergo lung transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-339
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation


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