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Clin Res Cardiol ; 109(1): 115-123, 2020 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31236690

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INTRODUCTION: The DANISH trial raised doubts about the effectiveness of primary prevention of sudden cardiac death by ICD implantation among patients with non-ischemic heart failure. We sought to analyse data from the EVITA-HF registry to give an answer from real-world registry data to the DANISH trial. METHODS: 1804 patients were identified from the EVITA-HF registry with chronic heart failure (CHF) due to ischemic or dilated heart disease and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction of ≤ 35%. The patients were divided into two groups: Patients with newly implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD group; mean age 66 ± 12 years, 77% male) and without ICD (no-ICD group; mean age 66 ± 14 years, 77% male). The subgroups were compared with regard to mortality and predictive parameters affecting survival. RESULTS: Cardiovascular risk factors were similar among patients in the non-ICD group (n = 1473) compared to ICD group (n = 331). After 1-year follow-up patients with ischemic heart disease showed a significant improved survival in the ICD group compared to non-ICD group [92.1% vs. 80.6%, HR 0.37 (0.22-0.62)]. Patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy did not show a difference with regard to survival between the ICD and the non-ICD group [93.7% vs. 93.1%, HR 0.92 (0.43-1.97)]. The data were stable in a Cox-regression model. CONCLUSION: In a real-world setting, no benefit was evident for patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction by adding ICD therapy in a short-term follow-up of 12 months in contrast to patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy.

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ESC Heart Fail ; 2019 Dec 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31802644

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Cardiac sarcoidosis is a chronic inflammatory disease with a large spectrum of symptoms that can mimic diseases such as dilated, hypertrophic, or arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathies. It can be asymptomatic but can also present with ventricular arrhythmias, conduction disease, and heart failure (HF) or even sudden cardiac death (SCD). We present here the case of a patient transplanted due to end-stage arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), fulfilling the task force criteria. A few years after successful heart transplantation (HTX), the patient developed similar symptoms and morphofunctional changes of the heart, which led to critical re-evaluation of his primary diagnosis.

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Heart Fail Rev ; 2019 Jul 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31364027

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This study aims to assess the comparative benefit and risk profile of treatment with mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) with regard to all-cause mortality (primary endpoint), cardiovascular mortality, or heart failure (HF)-related hospitalization (secondary endpoints) and the safety endpoints hyperkalemia, acute renal failure, and gynecomastia in patients with chronic HF. We conducted a systematic review and network meta-analysis following PRISMA-P and PRISMA-NMA guidelines. From 16 different sources, 14 randomized controlled trials totaling 12,213 patients testing an active treatment of either spironolactone, eplerenone, or canrenone/potassium-canreonate in adults with symptomatic HF due to systolic dysfunction reporting any of the above endpoints were retained. Efficacy in comparison to placebo/standard medical care with respect to all-cause mortality was confirmed for spironolactone and eplerenone while no conclusion could be drawn for canrenone (HR 0.69 (0.62; 0.77), 0.82 (0.75; 0.91), and 0.50 (0.17; 1.45), respectively). Indirect comparisons hint a potential (non-significant) preference of spironolactone over eplerenone (HR 0.84 (0.68; 1.03)). The overall risk of bias was low to intermediate. Results for secondary endpoints as well as sensitivity analyses essentially mirrored these findings. The beta-blocker adjusted meta-analysis for the primary endpoint showed the same tendency as the unadjusted one (HR 0.39 (0.07; 2.03)). Results need to be interpreted with caution, though, as the resultant mix of patient- and study-level covariates produced unstable statistical modeling. We found no significant and systematic superiority of either MRA regarding efficacy toward all endpoints considered in both direct and indirect comparisons.

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ESC Heart Fail ; 6(4): 640-648, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31259484

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AIMS: Co-morbid atrial fibrillation (AF) increases both mortality and N-terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentrations in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). It is unclear whether AF worsens prognosis independently from NT-proBNP concentrations. If AF was an independent risk factor, NT-proBNP levels for outcome prediction would need to be adjusted in patients with AF. We aimed to analyse the influence of AF on the prognostic value of NT-proBNP in patients with CHF. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 2541 consecutive CHF patients with sinus rhythm (SR) or AF were identified in the outpatients' CHF registry of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Of these, 250 patients with SR were individually matched to 250 patients with AF with respect to NT-proBNP, New York Heart Association functional class, sex, age, and aetiology of CHF. In the general sample, both AF and NT-proBNP were associated with all-cause mortality [hazard ratio (HR) = 1.96, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.61-2.39, P < 0.001; and HR = 1.03 per 1000 ng/L increase, 95% CI 1.02 to 1.04, P < 0.001, respectively]. After matching, NT-proBNP retained its prognostic power (HR = 1.13 per 1000 ng/L increase, 95% CI 1.10 to 1.16, P < 0.001), but AF did not (HR = 0.91, 95% CI 0.66 to 1.25, P = 0.56). Despite similar prognosis, matched patients with SR were in more advanced CHF than were AF patients as indicated by a lower left ventricular ejection fraction (30 ± 13% vs. 34 ± 14%, P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: The prognostic value of NT-proBNP in CHF is not influenced by concomitant AF. AF, in return, might be a surrogate of a worse cardiac condition rather than an independent risk factor.

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Chest ; 156(4): 706-714, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31047956

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BACKGROUND: Angiotensin peptides have been implicated in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) pathogenesis. Angiotensin modulators are used to treat arterial hypertension, a frequent comorbidity of IPF. This post hoc analysis evaluated associations of antihypertensive treatments with disease-related outcomes in IPF. METHODS: All patients randomized to placebo (n = 624) in the CAPACITY and ASCEND studies were categorized by antihypertensive treatment at baseline. Outcomes of disease progression (first occurrence of ≥ 10% absolute decline in % predicted FVC, ≥ 50-m decline in 6-min walk distance, or death) and all-cause mortality were assessed over 52 weeks. RESULTS: At baseline, 111 and 121 patients were receiving an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi) or an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), respectively; 392 were receiving neither. In multivariable analyses adjusted for differences in baseline characteristics compared with the non-ACEi/ARB group, ACEi treatment (hazard ratio [HR], 0.6 [95% CI, 0.4-0.9]; P = .026), but not ARB (HR, 0.9 [95% CI, 0.6-1.2]; P = .413), was associated with slower disease progression. Furthermore, the increase in all-cause mortality associated with cardiovascular disease was not observed in the ACEi group (HR, 1.1 [95% CI, 0.5-2.9]; P = .782), which presented a similar percentage of IPF-related mortality as the non-ACEi/ARB group (3.6% vs 3.6%). In contrast, patients in the ARB group had greater risk of all-cause mortality (HR, 2.5 [95% CI, 1.2-5.2]). These observations were validated in a pooled analysis that included patients from the INSPIRE trial. CONCLUSIONS: Prospective clinical trials are needed to evaluate whether angiotensin modulators may be beneficial to clinical outcomes in IPF. TRIAL REGISTRY: ClinicalTrials.gov; Nos.: NCT01366209, NCT00287716, NCT00287729, NCT00075998; URL: www.clinicaltrials.gov).

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ESC Heart Fail ; 6(2): 271-279, 2019 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30815994

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AIMS: Each episode of acute decompensated heart failure (HF) incrementally adds to mortality. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) offers an alternative therapeutic option in refractory HF and reduces the incidence of decompensation episodes. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of PD, in terms of functional status, surrogate endpoints, rate of hospitalizations, and mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study is based on the registry of the German Society of Nephrology, involving 159 patients receiving PD treatment due to refractory HF between January 2010 and December 2014. Body weight was reduced by PD (82.2 ± 14.9 to 78.4 ± 14.8 kg, P < 0.001), and significant improvements in New York Heart Association functional class (3.38 ± 0.55 to 2.85 ± 0.49, P < 0.001) were found already after 3 months. Left ventricular ejection fraction did not change (31.5 ± 13.8 to 34.0 ± 15.7%, P = 0.175). C-reactive protein improved with PD treatment (33.7 ± 52.6 to 17.1 ± 26.3 mg/L, P = 0.004). Blood urea nitrogen/creatinine ratio decreased significantly (148.7 ± 68.3 to 106.7 ± 44.8 mg/dL, P < 0.001). Hospitalization rates decreased significantly (total number 2.86 ± 1.88 to 1.90 ± 1.78, P = 0.001, and 39.2 ± 30.7 to 27.1 ± 25.2 days, P = 0.004). One year mortality was 39.6% in end-stage HF patients treated with PD. CONCLUSIONS: Peritoneal dialysis offers an additional therapeutic option in end-stage HF and is associated with improved New York Heart Association classification and reduced hospitalization. Although PD treatment was associated with various benefits, further studies are necessary to identify which patients benefit the most from PD.


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Insuficiência Cardíaca/terapia , Diálise Peritoneal/métodos , Sistema de Registros , Volume Sistólico/fisiologia , Doença Aguda , Idoso , Feminino , Seguimentos , Alemanha/epidemiologia , Insuficiência Cardíaca/mortalidade , Insuficiência Cardíaca/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Masculino , Estudos Prospectivos , Taxa de Sobrevida/tendências , Fatores de Tempo , Resultado do Tratamento
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Heart Fail Rev ; 24(4): 461-472, 2019 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30874955

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The majority of patients with chronic heart failure (HF) receive long-term treatment with loop diuretics. The comparative effectiveness of different loop diuretics is unknown. We searched PubMed, clinicaltrials.gov , the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and the European Union Clinical Trials Register for randomised clinical trials exploring the efficacy of the loop diuretics azosemide, bumetanide, furosemide or torasemide in patients with HF. Comparators included placebo, standard medical care or any other active treatment. The primary endpoint was all-cause mortality. Secondary endpoints included cardiovascular mortality, HF-related hospitalisation and any combined endpoint thereof. Hypokalaemia and acute renal failure were defined as additional safety endpoints. Evidence was synthesised using network meta-analysis (NMA). Thirty-four trials reporting on 2647 patients were included. The overall quality of evidence was rated as moderate. NMA demonstrated no significant differences between loop diuretics with respect to all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality or hypokalaemia. In contrast, torasemide ranked best in terms of HF hospitalisation, and there was a trend towards benefits with torasemide with regard to occurrence of acute renal failure. Sensitivity analyses excluding trials with a follow-up < 6 months, trials with a cross-over design and those including < 25 patients confirmed the main results. We found no significant superiority of either loop diuretic with respect to mortality and safety endpoints. However, clinicians may prefer torasemide, as it was associated with fewer HF-related hospitalisations.

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Clin Biochem ; 67: 7-11, 2019 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30872042

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long term biological variation of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) in stable outpatients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: After applying 8 exclusion criteria to 965 patients, hs-cTnT was measured at index visit and at a 12-month interval in 169 stable outpatients presenting for routine follow-up visits for any CVD. Stability was defined as absence of any endpoint within the follow-up period. Reference change values (RCVs) and minimal important differences (MIDs) were determined to assess biological variation of hs-cTnT. RESULTS: MID and RCV for the 12 months interval in patients were 3.8 ng/L or 44.2%, respectively. MID and transformed MID values were lower than the corresponding RCV with a value of 5.1 ng/L for the transformed RCV and 28.1% for the transformed MID. Similar patterns were shown in different subgroups as sex, age, and renal function. We observed a baseline hs-cTnT value dependent change of MID and RCV with increasing values for MID and decreasing values for RCV which converge to stable values between a baseline hs-cTNT value of 11 to 25 ng/L. CONCLUSIONS: Biological variation of hs-cTnT over 12 months in stable outpatients depends on the concentration at index visit, and is consistent among important prespecified subgroups. MID shows a low biovariability over 12 months. Clinical Trials Identifier:NCT01954303.


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Doenças Cardiovasculares/sangue , Pacientes Ambulatoriais , Troponina T/sangue , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Humanos , Estudos Longitudinais , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Fatores de Tempo
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Int J Cardiol ; 289: 83-90, 2019 08 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30827731

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BACKGROUND: Loop diuretics are given to the majority of patients with chronic heart failure (HF). Whether the different pharmacological properties of the three guideline-recommended loop diuretics result in differential effects on survival is unknown. METHODS: 6293 patients with chronic HF using either bumetanide, furosemide or torasemide were identified in three European HF registries. Patients were individually matched on both the respective propensity scores for receipt of the individual drug and dose-equivalents thereof. RESULTS: During a follow-up of 35,038 patient-years, 652 (53.7%), 2179 (51.9%), and 268 (30.4%) patients died amongst those prescribed bumetanide, furosemide, and torasemide, respectively. In univariable analyses of the general sample, bumetanide and furosemide were both associated with higher mortality as compared with torasemide treatment (HR 1.50, 95% CI 1.31-1.73, p < 0.001, and HR 1.34, CI 1.18-1.52, p < 0.001, respectively). Mortality was higher in bumetanide users when compared to furosemide users (HR 1.11, 95% CI 1.02-1.20, p = 0.01). However, there was no significant association between loop diuretic choice and all-cause mortality in any of the matched samples (bumetanide vs. furosemide, HR 1.03, 95% CI 0.93-1.14, p = 0.53; bumetanide vs. torasemide, HR 0.98, 95% CI 0.78-1.24, p = 0.89; furosemide vs. torasemide, HR 1.02, 95% CI 0.84-1.24, p = 0.82). The results were confirmed in subgroup analyses with respect to age, sex, left ventricular ejection fraction, NYHA functional class, cause of HF, rhythm, and systolic blood pressure. CONCLUSIONS: In patients with HF, mortality is not affected by the choice of individual loop diuretics.

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Heart ; 105(16): 1252-1259, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30792238

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OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiology, long-term outcomes and temporal trends in mortality in ambulatory patients with chronic heart failure (HF) with reduced (HFrEF), mid-range (HFmrEF) or preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) from three European countries. METHODS: We identified 10 312 patients from the Norwegian HF Registry and the HF registries of the universities of Heidelberg, Germany, and Hull, UK. Patients were classified according to baseline left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and time of enrolment (period 1: 1995-2005 vs period 2: 2006-2015). Predictors of mortality were analysed by use of univariable and multivariable Cox regression analyses. RESULTS: Among 10 312 patients with stable HF, 7080 (68.7%), 2086 (20.2%) and 1146 (11.1%) were classified as having HFrEF, HFmrEF or HFpEF, respectively. A total of 4617 (44.8%) patients were included in period 1, and 5695 (55.2%) patients were included in period 2. Baseline characteristics significantly differed with respect to type of HF and time of enrolment. During a median follow-up of 66 (33-105) months, 5297 patients (51.4%) died. In multivariable analyses, survival was independent of LVEF category (p>0.05), while mortality was lower in period 2 as compared with period 1 (HR 0.81, 95% CI 0.72 to 0.91, p<0.001). Significant predictors of all-cause mortality regardless of HF category were increasing age, New York Heart Association functional class, N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide and use of loop diuretics. CONCLUSION: Ambulatory patients with HF stratified by LVEF represent different phenotypes. However, after adjusting for a wide range of covariates, long-term survival is independent of LVEF category. Outcome significantly improved during the last two decades irrespective from type of HF.

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Acta Cardiol ; : 1-7, 2019 Jan 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30650019

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BACKGROUND: Incidence of stroke within 30 days after percutaneous mitral valve repair using the MitraClip varies from 0.7% and 2.6% between registries. Standard medical treatment after the MitraClip procedure, in the absence of risk factors requiring antithrombotic therapy such as atrial fibrillation, is dual antiplatelet therapy using aspirin and clopidogrel. ESC/EACTS and ACC/AHA surgical guidelines show a Class IIa indication for temporary antithrombotic therapy after mitral valve repair/bioprosthetic valve replacement within the first three months even in patients with no additional risk factors. METHODS: 470 patients were treated with the MitraClip receiving oral anticoagulation (Coumadin: INR 2.0-3.0) instead of dual antiplatelet therapy for at least 30 days after the procedure. The incidence of stroke, as well as major adverse events such as bleeding, were analysed in comparison to large registries and multi-centre studies. RESULTS: Incidence of stroke within 30 days was significantly reduced as compared to comparative cohorts (0.2% vs. Median 1.3% [0.7-2.6%]; p < .05). Cardiovascular risk factors such as age, atrial fibrillation, hypertension, diabetes, STS score and prior stroke did not differ significantly between cohorts (ns). Bleeding complications were not increased due to 30 days oral anticoagulation treatment (4.6% vs. Median 7.4% [3.4-13.6%]; ns). CONCLUSIONS: Temporary oral anticoagulation might be a strategy to reduce the incidence of stroke within the first 30 days after the MitraClip procedure. Bleeding events were not significantly altered due to temporary oral anticoagulation.

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PLoS One ; 13(8): e0202133, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30138394

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BACKGROUND: Symptoms indicating acute coronary syndrome are commonly seen in emergency rooms, but only 10% of patients are actually diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The Guidelines for the diagnosis of patients with suspected AMI include either multiple testing of cardiac troponin (cTN) or a single combined test of cTN and copeptin, which facilitates earlier diagnosis or exclusion of AMI. The aim of the present analysis was to investigate the impact of combined copeptin/cTN testing on health care resource consumption and related costs both during and after initial hospital treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: The analysis was based on the BIC-8 trial and financial data of participating study sites. A cost analysis was carried out primarily from the hospital perspective and secondarily from the perspective of German statutory health insurers. The underlying assumptions of the investigation were tested for robustness in additional sensitivity analyses. In total, the data of 713 patients (n = 359 combined copeptin/cTN testing, n = 354 serial cTN testing) were evaluated. From a hospital perspective, the combined copeptin/cTN testing showed a reduced number of medical procedures and a lower frequency of inpatient admissions. The average staff time was significantly reduced by a mean of 49 minutes (95% confidence interval (CI) 46 to 53) per patient, accompanied by a significant mean reduction of 131 minutes (95%CI 104 to 158) in the time patients stayed in the emergency room. The initial hospital treatment was less cost-intensive. Over the entire study period, no significant cost differences were observed between the groups for health insurance. CONCLUSION: The combined copeptin/cTN testing has the potential to save costs and staff time in acute care and for the entire hospital stay. The primary explanations for these findings are early identification and ruling out patients without AMI along with the associated reduced need for acute medical treatment. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01498731.


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Síndrome Coronariana Aguda/epidemiologia , Custos e Análise de Custo , Alta do Paciente , Síndrome Coronariana Aguda/diagnóstico , Idoso , Biomarcadores , Testes Diagnósticos de Rotina , Feminino , Glicopeptídeos/metabolismo , Custos de Cuidados de Saúde , Humanos , Seguro Saúde , Tempo de Internação , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Troponina/metabolismo
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ESC Heart Fail ; 5(6): 1108-1117, 2018 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29984916

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AIM: With an increasing prevalence of heart failure (HF), more patients with advanced disease have to be treated in cardiology units by sophisticated medical and interventional strategies. We therefore developed a dedicated advanced heart failure unit (AHFU) to target the specific needs of the many patients with advanced HF. We here present our concept and its impact on outcome in high-risk high-urgency (HU) heart transplant candidates. METHODS AND RESULTS: The eight-bed unit was established as an extension of the cardiologic intensive care and coronary care units in an intermediate care setting. Each bed was equipped with 24 h haemodynamic, respiratory, and arrhythmia monitoring. The unit is served 24/7 by five residents in cardiology, one staff cardiologist specializing in medical and interventional HF care, and 10 intensive care nurses. The cardiology team is supported by colleagues from cardiac surgery, sports medicine, psychosomatics, and the internal medicine departments. As an example of the intensified care on the AHFU, data from the cohorts of patients undergoing heart transplantation from HU status before (pre-AHFU 2008-11) and after establishment of the AHFU (AHFU 2012-15) were analysed. Interestingly, mortality on HU waiting list and post-heart transplant survival was comparable in both cohorts, despite significant increase in morbidity and co-morbidity as assessed by the Index for Mortality Prediction After Cardiac Transplantation model in the AHFU group. CONCLUSIONS: Our AHFU provides a unique and novel setting for the integration of modern pharmacological, interventional, surgical, and supportive HF therapy embedded in an academic heart centre. This may be a major step forward in the care of critical patients with advanced HF.


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Cardiologia/organização & administração , Unidades de Cuidados Coronarianos/organização & administração , Insuficiência Cardíaca/cirurgia , Transplante de Coração , Listas de Espera/mortalidade , Feminino , Alemanha/epidemiologia , Insuficiência Cardíaca/epidemiologia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prevalência , Fatores de Risco , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Taxa de Sobrevida/tendências
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BMJ Open ; 8(7): e020204, 2018 07 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30056377

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OBJECTIVES: We examine the volume-outcome relationship in isolated transcatheter aortic valve implantations (TAVI). Our interest was whether the volume-outcome relationship for TAVI exists on the centre level, whether it occurs equally for different outcomes and how it develops over time. DESIGN: Secondary data analysis of electronic health records. The comprehensive German Federal Bureau of Statistics Diagnosis Related Groups database was queried for data on all isolated TAVI procedures performed in Germany between 2008 and 2014. Logistic and linear regression analyses were carried out. Risk adjustment was applied using a predefined set of patient characteristics to account for differences in the risk factor composition of the patient populations between centres and over time. Centres performing TAVI were stratified into groups performing <50, 50-99 and ≥100 procedures per year. SETTING: Germany 2008-2014. PARTICIPANTS: All patients undergoing isolated TAVI in the observation period. INTERVENTIONS: None. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURES: In-hospital mortality, bleeding, stroke, probability of ventilation >48 hours, length of hospital stay and reimbursement. RESULTS: Between 2008 and 2014, a total of 43 996 TAVI procedures were performed in 113 different centres in Germany with a total of 2532 cases of in-hospital mortality. Risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality decreases over the years and is lower the higher the annual procedure volume at the centre is. The magnitude of the latter effect declines over the observation period. Our results indicate a ceiling effect in the volume-outcome relationship: the volume-outcome relationship is eminent in circumstances of relatively unfavourable outcomes. Alongside improving outcomes, however, the volume-outcome relationship decreases. Also, a volume-outcome relationship seems to be absent in circumstances of constantly low event rates. CONCLUSIONS: The hypothesised volume-outcome relationship for TAVI exists but diminishes and may disappear over time. This should be taken into account when considering mandatory minimum thresholds.


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Estenose da Valva Aórtica/cirurgia , Valva Aórtica/cirurgia , Implante de Prótese de Valva Cardíaca , Substituição da Valva Aórtica Transcateter , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Cateterismo Cardíaco , Registros Eletrônicos de Saúde , Feminino , Alemanha , Mortalidade Hospitalar , Humanos , Modelos Lineares , Modelos Logísticos , Masculino , Fatores de Risco , Resultado do Tratamento
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ESC Heart Fail ; 5(5): 892-901, 2018 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30058757

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AIMS: Functional mitral regurgitation is complicating end-stage heart failure and potential heart transplantation by increasing pulmonary artery pressures. The aim of the present study was to investigate feasibility and haemodynamic effects of percutaneous mitral valve edge-to-edge repair using the MitraClip™ device in patients with end-stage heart failure awaiting heart transplantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this retrospective study, we identified nine patients suffering from end-stage heart failure listed for heart transplantation in whom moderate-severe or severe functional mitral regurgitation was recognized and treated with percutaneous mitral valve edge-to-edge repair. Twenty-two patients listed for heart transplantation and presenting with moderate-severe or severe functional mitral regurgitation treated in the pre-MitraClip™ era served as controls. Patients were analysed at two separate time points: MitraClip™ group: pre-procedure and post-procedure (follow-up: 215 ± 53 days) and control group: study entry with recognition of moderate-severe or severe functional mitral regurgitation (follow-up: 197 ± 47 days). Percutaneous mitral valve edge-to-edge repair with the MitraClip™ was feasible and safe in our high-risk end-stage heart failure population. The intervention resulted in significant reduction of mitral regurgitation (grade 3.0 [0.5] to 1.5 [0.5]; P = 0.009), left atrial diameter (51 mm [16] to 49 mm [4]; follow-up MitraClip™ vs. control group P = 0.0497), pulmonary artery pressures (sPA 50 mmHg [15] to 45 mmHg [10]; P = 0.02; mPA 34 mmHg [8] to 30 mmHg [10]; P = 0.02), and New York Heart Association class (3.5 [1.0] to 3.0 [0.5]; P = 0.01) and improved mixed-venous oxygen saturation (57% [11] to 55% [7]; follow-up MitraClip™ vs. control group P = 0.02). No changes in the control group were observed. CONCLUSIONS: MitraClip™ implantation as 'bridge-to-transplant' strategy in patients with end-stage heart failure and severe functional mitral regurgitation awaiting heart transplantation is feasible and appears to result in favourable haemodynamic effects.


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Cateterismo Cardíaco/métodos , Procedimentos Cirúrgicos Cardíacos/métodos , Insuficiência Cardíaca/cirurgia , Transplante de Coração , Hemodinâmica/fisiologia , Valva Mitral/cirurgia , Listas de Espera , Ecocardiografia , Feminino , Seguimentos , Insuficiência Cardíaca/complicações , Insuficiência Cardíaca/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Valva Mitral/diagnóstico por imagem , Insuficiência da Valva Mitral/diagnóstico , Insuficiência da Valva Mitral/etiologia , Insuficiência da Valva Mitral/cirurgia , Desenho de Prótese , Implantação de Prótese/métodos , Estudos Retrospectivos , Resultado do Tratamento
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Clin Res Cardiol ; 107(11): 1040-1049, 2018 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29774407

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BACKGROUND: Beta blockers improve survival in patients with chronic systolic heart failure (CHF). Whether physicians should aim for target dose, target heart rate (HR), or both is still under debate. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified 1,669 patients with systolic CHF due to ischemic heart disease or idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy from the University Hospital Heidelberg and the Clinic of Ludwigshafen, Germany. All patients were treated with an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker and had a history of CHF known for at least 6 months. Target dose was defined as treatment with ≥ 95% of the respective published guideline-recommended dose. Target HR was defined as 51-69 bpm. All-cause mortality during the median follow-up of 42.8 months was analysed with respect to beta blocker dosing and resting HR. 201 (12%) patients met the dose target (group A), 285 (17.1%) met the HR target (group B), 627 (37.6%) met no target (group C), and 556 (33.3%) did not receive beta blockers (Group D). 5-year mortality was 23.7, 22.7, 37.6, and 55.6% for group A, B, C, and D, respectively (p < 0.001). Survival for group A patients with a HR ≥ 70 bpm was 28.8% but 14.8% if HR was 50-70 bpm (p = 0.054). CONCLUSIONS: Achieving guidelines recommended beta blocker dose or to HR control has a similar positive impact on survival. When on target dose, supplemental HR control additionally improves survival.


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Carvedilol/uso terapêutico , Insuficiência Cardíaca Sistólica/tratamento farmacológico , Frequência Cardíaca/efeitos dos fármacos , Metoprolol/uso terapêutico , Volume Sistólico/fisiologia , Antagonistas Adrenérgicos beta/uso terapêutico , Causas de Morte/tendências , Feminino , Seguimentos , Alemanha/epidemiologia , Insuficiência Cardíaca Sistólica/mortalidade , Insuficiência Cardíaca Sistólica/fisiopatologia , Frequência Cardíaca/fisiologia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Estudos Retrospectivos , Volume Sistólico/efeitos dos fármacos , Taxa de Sobrevida/tendências , Fatores de Tempo
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J Am Soc Echocardiogr ; 31(6): 733-742, 2018 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29402506

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BACKGROUND: Impaired left ventricular (LV) longitudinal function (LF) is a known predictor of cardiac events in patients with heart failure, but two-dimensional strain imaging, the reference method to measure myocardial deformation, is not always feasible or available. Therefore, reliable and reproducible alternatives are needed. The aim of the present study was to evaluate unidimensional longitudinal strain (ULS) as a simple echocardiographic parameter for the assessment of LV LF. METHODS: Two hundred two patients with dilated cardiomyopathy who had their first presentation in the authors' cardiology department, as well as the same number of age- and gender-matched control subjects, were prospectively included in this study. ULS was compared with global longitudinal strain (GLS), the current gold standard for LV LF assessment by echocardiography. Uni- and multivariate Cox regression analyses were conducted to evaluate the prognostic value of ULS. RESULTS: LV LF was higher in the control group compared with patients: GLS -19.5 ± 1.7% versus -12.6 ± 4.8% and ULS -16.3 ± 1.5% versus -10.2 ± 3.9% (P < .001 for each). Correlation between ULS and GLS was excellent (r = 0.94), while Bland-Altman plots revealed lower values for ULS (bias -2.76%, limits of agreement ±3.31%). During a mean follow-up time of 39 months, the combined end point of cardiovascular death or hospitalization for acute cardiac decompensation was reached by 28 patients (13.9%). GLS (hazard ratio, 1.21; 95% CI, 1.10-1.34; P < .001) and ULS (hazard ratio, 1.24; 95% CI, 1.12-1.39; P < .001) had comparable prognostic impact on patient outcomes. CONCLUSIONS: ULS might be an alternative echocardiographic method for the assessment of LV LF, with similar diagnostic and prognostic value compared with GLS.


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Ecocardiografia/métodos , Insuficiência Cardíaca Sistólica/fisiopatologia , Ventrículos do Coração/diagnóstico por imagem , Contração Miocárdica/fisiologia , Função Ventricular Esquerda/fisiologia , Idoso , Feminino , Seguimentos , Insuficiência Cardíaca Sistólica/diagnóstico , Ventrículos do Coração/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Estudos Prospectivos
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Clin Res Cardiol ; 107(6): 460-470, 2018 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29368137

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BACKGROUND: In patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, the 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) is recommended for risk stratification and follow-up by all guidelines. However, the prognostic value of the 6MWT has been discussed controversially. We sought to compare and validate all published 6MWT cut-off points. METHODS: From the Comparative, Prospective Registry of Newly Initiated Therapies for Pulmonary Hypertension (COMPERA)-registry we identified 2391 patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension who had at least one documented 6MWT measurement. A Medline search identified a total of 21 different threshold values for either single-point or change of 6MWT. All values were tested individually for prognostication of 1-year, 2-year and 3-year all-cause mortality. RESULTS: The highest positive likelihood ratio was a cut-off value < 165 ms, whereas the best negative likelihood ratio was found to be a threshold of 440 ms. Furthermore, improvement in 6MWT had considerably less predictive value on mortality and survival than deterioration. Moreover, absolute single-point values outperformed change values for both improvement and worsening. CONCLUSION: Our data confirmed the prognostic relevance of the 6MWT and support the cut-off values stated in most recent guidelines. Furthermore, these results explain why changes in 6MWT did not correlate consistently with prognosis in previous studies.


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Teste de Esforço/métodos , Tolerância ao Exercício/fisiologia , Hipertensão Pulmonar/diagnóstico , Pressão Propulsora Pulmonar/fisiologia , Sistema de Registros , Medição de Risco/métodos , Causas de Morte/tendências , Feminino , Seguimentos , Alemanha/epidemiologia , Humanos , Hipertensão Pulmonar/epidemiologia , Hipertensão Pulmonar/fisiopatologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Morbidade/tendências , Prognóstico , Estudos Prospectivos , Taxa de Sobrevida/tendências
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Acta Cardiol ; 73(4): 378-386, 2018 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29161956

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BACKGROUND: Occurrence of severe mitral valve (MV) regurgitation (MR) is an independent negative predictor of mortality in patients with severe systolic heart failure (HF). This study examines clinical effects and cardiac reverse remodelling in patients with severe systolic HF receiving percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) using MitraClip in comparison to patients receiving optimal medical therapy only. METHODS: Between 2010 and 2014, 86 patients (Society of Thoracic Surgeons score: 10.5% ± 1.2%) with severe HF (left ventricular [LV] ejection fraction; LVEF: 25% ± 2%; LV endsystolic diameter [LVESD]: 55 ± 3 mm) and severe MR received PMVR using MitraClip. Cardiac reverse remodelling and clinical parameters were compared to HF patients with severe MR (from our HF outpatient clinic; n = 69; LVEF: 26% ± 1.4%; LVESD: 53 ± 2 mm) receiving optimal medical therapy (OMT) only. All patients received stable OMT and were characterised by echocardiography, 6-minwalk-distance test and cardiac biomarkers within a 24 months observation period. RESULTS: PMVR in patients with end-stage HF and severe MR resulted in reduction of MR and significant additional cardiac reverse remodelling (LVEF: 26 ± 1.4 vs. 33% ± 2%, p < .05; LVESD: 53 ± 2 vs. 47 ± 2 mm, p < .05) over the 24 months observation period as compared to pharmacologically-only managed comparators. CONCLUSIONS: Both OMT and PMVR cause cardiac reverse remodelling and relief of symptoms in patients with HF and severe MR. PMVR results in significant additional cardiac reverse remodelling compared to pharmacologically-only managed patients.


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Antagonistas Adrenérgicos beta/uso terapêutico , Inibidores da Enzima Conversora de Angiotensina/uso terapêutico , Cateterismo Cardíaco/métodos , Insuficiência Cardíaca/complicações , Implante de Prótese de Valva Cardíaca/métodos , Antagonistas de Receptores de Mineralocorticoides/uso terapêutico , Insuficiência da Valva Mitral/cirurgia , Idoso , Ecocardiografia , Feminino , Seguimentos , Alemanha/epidemiologia , Insuficiência Cardíaca/mortalidade , Insuficiência Cardíaca/terapia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Insuficiência da Valva Mitral/complicações , Insuficiência da Valva Mitral/diagnóstico , Estudos Retrospectivos , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Taxa de Sobrevida/tendências , Resultado do Tratamento , Função Ventricular Esquerda/fisiologia
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