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Onorati F.,University of Verona | D'Onofrio A.,University of Padua | Biancari F.,University of Oulu | Salizzoni S.,University of Turin | And 29 more authors.
Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery | Year: 2016

OBJECTIVES To evaluate the results of aortic valve replacement through sternotomic approach in redo scenarios (RAVR) vs transapical transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), in patients in the eighth decade of life or older already undergone previous coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS One hundred and twenty-six patients undergoing RAVR were compared with 113 patients undergoing TaTAVR in terms of 30-day mortality and Valve Academic Research Consortium-2 outcomes. The two groups were also analysed after propensity-matching. RESULTS TaTAVR patients demonstrated a higher incidence of 30-day mortality (P = 0.03), stroke (P = 0.04), major bleeding (P = 0.03), worse 'early safety' (P = 0.04) and lower permanent pacemaker implantation (P = 0.03). TaTAVR had higher follow-up hazard in all-cause mortality [hazard ratio (HR) 3.15, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.28-6.62; P < 0.01] and cardiovascular mortality (HR 1.66, 95% CI 1.02-4.88; P = 0.04). Propensity-matched patients showed comparable 30-day outcome in terms of survival, major morbidity and early safety, with only a lower incidence of transfusions after TaTAVR (10.7% vs RAVR: 57.1%; P < 0.01). A trend towards lower Acute Kidney Injury Network Classification 2/3 (3.6% vs RAVR 21.4%; P = 0.05) and towards a lower freedom from all-cause mortality at follow-up (TaTAVR: 44.3 ± 21.3% vs RAVR: 86.6 ± 9.3%; P =. 08) was demonstrated after TaTAVR, although cardiovascular mortality was comparable (TaTAVR: 86.5 ± 9.7% vs RAVR: 95.2 ± 4.6%; P = 0.52). Follow-up freedom from stroke, acute heart failure, reintervention on AVR and thrombo-embolisms were comparable (P = NS). EuroSCORE II (P = 0.02), perioperative stroke (P = 0.01) and length of hospitalization (P = 0.02) were the determinants of all-cause mortality at follow-up, whereas perioperative stroke (P = 0.03) and length of hospitalization (P = 0.04) impacted cardiovascular mortality at follow-up. CONCLUSIONS Reported differences in mortality and morbidity after TaTAVR and RAVR reflect differences in baseline risk profiles. Given the lower trend for renal complications, patients at higher perioperative renal risk might be better served by TaTAVR. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Source


Moscarelli M.,Imperial College London | Punjabi P.P.,Imperial College London | Miroslav G.I.,Imperial College London | Del Sarto P.,Fondazione Monasterio | And 2 more authors.
Journal of cardiothoracic surgery | Year: 2015

Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery by avoiding cardioplegic arrest seems to reduce the risk of ischemic myocardial injury. However, even short-term regional ischemic periods, hemodynamic instability and arrhythmias associated with the procedure can be responsible for myocardial damage. Conditioning, a potential cardio-protective tool during on-pump cardiac surgery, has hardly been investigated in the context of off-pump surgery. There are virtually no large trials on remote ischemic preconditioning and the majority of reports have focused on central ischemic conditioning. Similarly, volatile anesthetic agents with conditioning effect like ischemic preconditioning have been shown to reduce cardiac injury during on-pump procedures but have not been validated in the off-pump scenario. Here, we review the available evidence on myocardial conditioning, either with ischemia/reperfusion or volatile anesthetic agents in patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery surgery. Source


Perrotta L.,University of Florence | Ricciardi G.,University of Florence | Pieragnoli P.,University of Florence | Chiostri M.,University of Florence | And 10 more authors.
PACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology | Year: 2012

Background: The Seattle Heart Failure Model (SHFM) is a multimarker risk assessment tool able to predict outcome in heart failure (HF) patients. Aim: To assess whether the SHFM can be used to risk-stratify HF patients who underwent cardiac resynchronization therapy with (CRT-D) or without (CRT) an implantable defibrillator. Methods and Results: The SHFM was applied to 342 New York Heart Association class III-IV patients who received a CRT (23%) or CRT-D (77%) device. Discrimination and calibration of SHFM were evaluated through c-statistics and Hosmer-Lemeshow (H-L) goodness-of-fit test. Primary endpoint was a composite of death from any cause/cardiac transplantation. During a median follow-up of 24 months (25th-75th percentile [pct]: 12-37 months), 78 of 342 (22.8%) patients died; seven patients underwent urgent transplantation. Median SHFM score for patients with endpoint was 5.8 years (25th-75th pct: 4.25-8.7 years) versus 8.9 years (25th-75th pct: 6.6-11.8 years) for those without (P < 0.001). Discrimination of SHFM was adequate for the endpoint (c-statistic always ranged around 0.7). The SHFM was a good fit of death from any cause/cardiac transplantation, without significant differences between observed and SHFM-predicted survival. Conclusion: The SHFM successfully stratifies HF patients on CRT/CRT-D and can be reliably applied to help clinicians in predicting survival in this clinical setting. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source


Perrotta L.,University of Florence | Xhaferi B.,University of Florence | Chiostri M.,University of Florence | Pieragnoli P.,University of Florence | And 16 more authors.
Internal and Emergency Medicine | Year: 2014

Smoking is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in cardiac patients. However, data on the prognostic impact of smoking in heart failure (HF) patients on cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) are absent. We investigated the effects of smoking on all-cause mortality and on a composite endpoint (all-cause death/appropriate device therapy), appropriate and inappropriate device therapy, in 649 patients with HF who underwent CRT-D between January 2003 and October 2011 in 6 Centers (4 in Italy and 2 in USA). 68 patients were current smokers, 396 previous-smokers (patients who had smoked in the past but who had quit before the CRT-D implant), and 185 had never smoked. The risk of each endpoint by smoking status was evaluated with both Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional-hazard analysis. After adjusting for age, left ventricular ejection fraction, QRS width and ischemic etiology, both current and previous smoking were independent predictors of all-cause death [HR = 5.07 (95 % CI 2.68-9.58), p < 0.001 and HR = 2.43 (95 % CI 1.38-4.29), p = 0.002, respectively) and of composite endpoint [HR = 1.63 (1.04-2.56); p = 0.033 and HR = 1.46 (1.04-2.04) p = 0.027]. In addition, current smokers had a significantly higher rate of inappropriate device therapy compared to never smokers [HR = 21.74 (4.53-104.25), p = 0.005]. Our study indicates that in patients with HF who received a CRT-D device, current and previous smoking increase the event rate per person-time of death and of appropriate and inappropriate ICD therapy more than other known negative prognostic factors such as age, left ventricular dysfunction, prolonged QRS duration and ischemic etiology. © 2012 SIMI. Source


Perrotta L.,University of Florence | Kandala J.,Harvard University | Di Biase L.,The Texas Institute | Valleggi A.,Fondazione Monasterio | And 10 more authors.
Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology | Year: 2016

Prognosis of QRS Axis Deviation in CRT-D Introduction QRS duration and morphology are currently recognized as recommended criteria for the selection of CRT candidates. It has recently been shown that patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) derive substantial clinical benefit from CRT. The aim of this study is to investigate the prognostic impact of QRS axis deviation (AD) in HF patients with LBBB undergoing CRT. Methods and Results We retrospectively evaluated 707 HF patients with LBBB who underwent CRT at five centers. Baseline QRS axis was defined as normal (NA: -30° to 90°), right axis deviation (RAD: 90° to 180°) and left axis deviation (LAD: <-30°). The primary endpoint was a composite of all cause death/HF hospitalization. The risk of endpoint by AD was evaluated with both Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazard analysis. Among 707 patients (73% M, median age: 71 [62,77] years), 323 (46%) had NA, 359 (51%) LAD, and 25 (3.5%) RAD. Baseline clinical characteristics were similar between the three groups. Over a mean follow-up of 32 ± 25 months, 141 deaths occurred (21%) and 36% (n = 255) met with the composite endpoint. A significantly higher proportion of RAD patients (52%) reached the endpoint (LAD 40%, NA 30%). KM analysis showed that RAD and LAD patients had worse event free survival and in multivariate analysis both LAD (HR: 1.40; 95% CI: 1.05-1.86; P = 0.021) and RAD (HR: 2.49; 95% CI: 1.31-4.74; P = 0.005) were independently associated with worse clinical outcome. Conclusions Right or left axis deviation in the presence of LBBB in HF patients undergoing CRT are independent predictors of poor prognosis. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

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