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New diagnosed heart failure with renal insufficiency -- Cardiac MRI-guided clinical decision making
  • Calin Maniu,
  • Kana Fujikura
Calin Maniu
Johns Hopkins Medicine
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Kana Fujikura
National Institutes of Health
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A 63 year-old female with multiple atherosclerotic risk factors presented with newly diagnosed heart failure. Clinical presentation and initial work-up studies (e.g. laboratory findings, ECG, and echocardiography) were indeterminate for ischemic or non-ischemic etiology. As she developed contrast-induced nephropathy, coronary angiography was deferred and cardiac MRI was performed instead. Cardiac MRI elegantly demonstrated non-ischemic cardiomyopathy that was subsequently confirmed by invasive coronary angiography. This case emphasizes the important role of cardiac MRI in establishing the etiology of cardiomyopathy, ultimately altering the clinical management of the patient with newly diagnosed heart failure.