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Myocardial perfusion imaging with 82-rubidium positron emission tomography (82Rb-PET) is increasingly used to assess stable coronary artery disease (CAD). We aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of 82Rb-PET-derived parameters in patients with symptoms suggestive of CAD but no significant reversible or irreversible perfusion defects. Among 3726 consecutive patients suspected of stable CAD who underwent 82Rb-PET between January 2018 and August 2020, 2175 had no regional perfusion defects. Among these patients, we studied the association of 82Rb-PET-derived parameters with a composite endpoint of all-cause mortality, hospitalization for unstable angina pectoris, acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, or ischaemic stroke. During a median follow up of 1.7 years (interquartile range 1.1-2.5 years), there were 148 endpoints. Myocardial blood flow (MBF) reserve (MFR), MBF during stress, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), LVEF-reserve, heart rate reserve, and Ca score were associated with adverse outcomes. In multivariable Cox model adjusted for patient and 82Rb-PET characteristics, MFR < 2 (hazard ratio (HR) 1.75, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.24-2.48), LVEF (HR 1.38 per 10% decrease, 95% CI 1.24-1.54), and LVEF-reserve (HR 1.19 per 5% decrease, 95% CI 1.07-1.31) were significant predictors of endpoints. Results were consistent in subgroups defined by gender, history of ischaemic heart disease, low LVEF, and atrial fibrillation. MFR, LVEF, and LVEF-reserve derived from 82Rb-PET provide prognostic information on cardiovascular outcomes in patients with no perfusion defects. This may aid in identifying patients at risk and might provide an opportunity for preventive interventions. © The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email:


Maira Rauf, Kim W Hansen, Søren Galatius, Niels Wiinberg, Louise Scouborg Brinth, Signe Højstrup, Ulrik Talleruphuus, Eva Prescott. Prognostic implications of myocardial perfusion imaging by 82-rubidium positron emission tomography in male and female patients with angina and no perfusion defects. European heart journal. Cardiovascular Imaging. 2023 Jan 23;24(2):212-222

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