Multidetector computed tomography assessment of cardiac comorbidity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Bastarrika G, Simón-Yarza I, Viteri-Ramírez G, Etxano J, Slon PJ.
Servicio de Radiología, Clínica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Navarra, España
Cardiac comorbidity is one of the most important prognostic factors in lung disease, especially in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The imaging techniques available for the study of this systemic manifestation concomitant with COPD include heart catheterization, transthoracic echocardiography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) represents a significant advance in this field because it enables the acquisition of simultaneous studies of the cardiopulmonary anatomy that go beyond anatomic and morphologic analysis to include a functional approach to this condition. In this article, we review the practical aspects necessary to evaluate cardiac comorbidity in patients with COPD, both from the point of view of pulmonary hypertension and of the analysis of ventricular dysfunction and coronary heart disease.
CITATION Radiologia. 2012 Jul 24