Cardiac Complications After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Cardiac Complications After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a serious condition, and a myocardial injury or dysfunction could contribute to the outcome.

Acute cardiac complications frequently occur after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). These complications include electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities, the release of cardiac biomarkers, and the development of acute stress-induced heart failure resembling Takotsubo cardiomyopathy 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6)

non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, ST-elevation myocardial infarction and cardiac arrest, but their clinical relevance is unclear.



Lång et al. assessed the prevalence and prognostic impact of cardiac involvement in a cohort with SAH in a prospective observational multicenter study. They included 192 patients treated for non traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage. They performed ECG recordings, echocardiogram, and blood sampling within 24 h of admission and on days 3 and 7 and at 90 days. The primary endpoint was the evidence of cardiac involvement at 90 days, and the secondary endpoint was to examine the prevalence of a myocardial injury or dysfunction. The median age was 54.5 (interquartile range [IQR] 48.0-64.0) years, 44.3% were male and the median World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies grading for subarachnoid hemorrhage score was 2 (IQR 1-4). At day 90, 22/125 patients (17.6%) had left ventricular ejection fractions ≤ 50%, and 2/121 patients (1.7%) had evidence of a diastolic dysfunction as defined by mitral peak E-wave velocity by peak e’ velocity (E/e’) > 14. There was no prognostic impact from echocardiographic evidence of cardiac complications on neurological outcomes. The overall prevalence of cardiac dysfunction was modest. They found no demographic or SAH-related factors associated with 90 days cardiac dysfunction 7).


Among patients suffering from cardiac events at the time of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, those with myocardial infarction and in particular those with a troponin level greater than 1.0 mcg/L had a 10 times increased risk of death 8).


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Tung P, Kopelnik A, Banki N, et al. Predictors of neurocardiogenic injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Stroke. 2004;35:548–551. doi: 10.1161/01.STR.0000114874.96688.54.
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Banki N, Kopelnik A, Tung P, et al. Prospective analysis of prevalence, distribution, and rate of recovery of left ventricular systolic dysfunction in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Neurosurg. 2006;105:15–20. doi: 10.3171/jns.2006.105.1.15.
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Lee VH, Connolly HM, Fulgham JR, Manno EM, Brown JRD, Wijdicks EFM. Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: an underappreciated ventricular dysfunction. J Neurosurg. 2006;105:264–270. doi: 10.3171/jns.2006.105.2.264.
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Oras J, Grivans C, Bartley A, Rydenhag B, Ricksten SE, Seeman-Lodding H. Elevated high-sensitive troponin T on admission is an indicator of poor long-term outcome in patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage: a prospective observational study. Crit Care (Lond, Engl) 2016;20:11. doi: 10.1186/s13054-015-1181-5.
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van der Bilt IA, Hasan D, Vandertop WP, et al. Impact of cardiac complications on outcome after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a meta-analysis. Neurology. 2009;72:635–642. doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000342471.07290.07.
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Lång M, Jakob SM, Takala R, Lyngbakken MN, Turpeinen A, Omland T, Merz TM, Wiegand J, Grönlund J, Rahi M, Valtonen M, Koivisto T, Røsjø H, Bendel S. The prevalence of cardiac complications and their impact on outcomes in patients with non-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage. Sci Rep. 2022 Nov 22;12(1):20109. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-24675-8. PMID: 36418906.
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Ahmadian A, Mizzi A, Banasiak M, Downes K, Camporesi EM, Thompson Sullebarger J, Vasan R, Mangar D, van Loveren HR, Agazzi S. Cardiac manifestations of subarachnoid hemorrhage. Heart Lung Vessel. 2013;5(3):168-78. PubMed PMID: 24364008; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3848675.

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