Comprehensive echocardiographic detection of treatment-related cardiac dysfunction in adult survivors of childhood cancer Academic Article uri icon


  • Treatment-related cardiac death is the primary, noncancer cause of mortality in adult survivors of childhood malignancies. Early detection of cardiac dysfunction may identify a high-risk subset of survivors for early intervention.This study sought to determine the prevalence of cardiac dysfunction in adult survivors of childhood malignancies.Echocardiographic assessment included 3-dimensional (3D) left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), global longitudinal and circumferential myocardial strain, and diastolic function, graded per American Society of Echocardiography guidelines in 1,820 adult (median age 31 years; range: 18 to 65 years) survivors of childhood cancer (median time from diagnosis 23 years; range: 10 to 48 years) exposed to anthracycline chemotherapy (n = 1,050), chest-directed radiotherapy (n = 306), or both (n = 464).Only 5.8% of survivors had abnormal 3D LVEFs (<50%). However, 32.1% of survivors with normal 3D LVEFs had evidence of cardiac dysfunction by global longitudinal strain (28%), American Society of Echocardiography-graded diastolic assessment (8.7%), or both. Abnormal global longitudinal strain was associated with chest-directed radiotherapy at 1 to 19.9 Gy (rate ratio [RR]: 1.38; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.14 to 1.66), 20 to 29.9 Gy (RR: 1.65; 95% CI: 1.31 to 2.08), and >30 Gy (RR: 2.39; 95% CI: 1.79 to 3.18) and anthracycline dose > 300 mg/m(2) (RR: 1.72; 95% CI: 1.31 to 2.26). Survivors with metabolic syndrome were twice as likely to have abnormal global longitudinal strain (RR: 1.94; 95% CI: 1.66 to 2.28) and abnormal diastolic function (RR: 1.68; 95% CI: 1.39 to 2.03) but not abnormal 3D LVEFs (RR: 1.07; 95% CI: 0.74 to 1.53).Abnormal global longitudinal strain and diastolic function are more prevalent than reduced 3D LVEF and are associated with treatment exposure. They may identify a subset of survivors at higher risk for poor clinical cardiac outcomes who may benefit from early medical intervention.


  • Armstrong, GT
  • Joshi, VM
  • Ness, KK
  • Marwick, TH
  • Zhang, N
  • Srivastava, D
  • Griffin, BP
  • Grimm, RA
  • Thomas, J
  • Phelan, D
  • Collier, P
  • Krull, KR
  • Mulrooney, DA
  • Green, DM
  • Hudson, MM
  • Robison, LL
  • Plana, JC

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  • 2015

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