Cardiac Complications After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
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)
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).