The TAPSE/PASP ratio and MELD score in patients with advanced heart failure Das TAPSE/PASP-Verhältnis und der MELD-Score bei Patienten mit fortgeschrittener Herzinsuffizienz

Acar R. D., Acar Ş., Doğan C., Bayram Z., Karaduman A., Uysal S., ...More

Herz, vol.46, pp.75-81, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00059-019-04879-x
  • Journal Name: Herz
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.75-81
  • Keywords: Advanced heart failure, Arterial pressure, MELD score, Right ventricular-arterial uncoupling, TAPSE/PASP
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Introduction: The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between the tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion/pulmonary arterial systolic pressure (TAPSE/PASP) ratio and model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score in patients with advanced heart failure. Methods: A total of 103 patients with advanced heart failure evaluated for candidacy for heart transplantation were included in this study. TAPSE was measured by M‑mode echocardiography and cardiac catheterization was performed. TAPSE/ PASP ratio and MELD score were calculated. Results: The median age of patients was 49 (40.5–54) years and the majority were male (92%). The percentage of patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy was 40%. The mean value of the groupʼs MELD score was 10 ± 3.3 and the median value of TAPSE/PASP 0.24 (0.18–0.34). There was a moderate negative correlation between TAPSE/PASP and MELD score (r: −0.38, p < 0.001). Right atrial pressure (RAP) and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) were also negatively correlated with TAPSE/PASP (correlation coefficients were r: −0.562 and r: −0.575, respectively). In patients with a lower TAPSE/PASP ratio, MELD score, LVEDP and RAP were higher and tricuspid regurgitation was more severe, but there were no significant differences between cardiac output (CO) and mean aortic pressure (mean BP). The presence of ischemia was found to be an independent predictor for lower values of TAPSE/PASP. Conclusion: The lower TAPSE/PASP obtained on echocardiography may be a sign of the multi-organ failure defined as a high MELD score in patients with advanced heart failure.