The clinical outcome of cardiac resynchronization therapy in post-surgical valvular cardiomyopathy

Francisco Leyva, Fraz Umar, Robin J. Taylor, Richard P. Steeds, Michael P. Frenneaux

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Aims: Trials have shown that cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is effective in patients with ‘non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy’. Patients with post-surgical valvular cardiomyopathy (PSVCM) have been excluded from such trials. We sought to compare the clinical outcome of CRT in patients with PSVCM, idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM), or ischaemic cardiomyopathy (ICM).

Methods and results: Clinical events and response to CRT were quantified in 556 patients (PSVCM = 38; IDCM = 165; ICM = 353) over 4.52 years [median, inter-quartile range (IQR): 4.42]. Response to CRT was defined as survival for ≥1 year free of hospitalizations plus improvement by ≥1 NYHA class or ≥25% in 6-min walking distance. Cardiac resynchronization therapy was initiated at 5.86 years (median, IQR: 9.86) after aortic valve replacement (73.7%) or mitral valve replacement/repair (44.7%). Compared with PSVCM, IDCM was associated with a lower total mortality [hazards ratio, HR: 0.54 (95% confidence interval, CI 0.34–0.84)], cardiac mortality [HR: 0.43 (95% CI 0.26–0.70)], and total mortality or major adverse cardiovascular events [HR: 0.57 (95% CI 0.37–0.87)], independent of known confounders. Compared with PSVCM, ICM was associated with a similar risk of death from pump failure [HR: 0.83 (95% CI 0.50–1.37)] and IDCM was associated with a lower risk [HR: 0.46 (95% CI 0.26–0.82)]. Response to CRT was similar across the groups.

Conclusions: Compared with IDCM, PSVCM was associated with a worse outcome after CRT. Outcomes from PSVCM were similar to ICM. These findings indicate that PSVCM behaves very differently to IDCM after CRT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-738
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Early online date22 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Valvular cardiomyopathy
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Mitral valve replacement
  • Prognosis

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