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Huizar JF , Fisher SG , Ramsey FV , Kaszala K , Tan AY , Moore H , Koneru JN , Kron J , Padala SK , Ellenbogen KA , Singh SN
Outcomes of Premature Ventricular Contraction-Cardiomyopathy in the Veteran Population: A Secondary Analysis of the CHF-STAT Study
JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2021 Mar;7(3) :380-390
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OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the rate and outcomes of premature ventricular contractions (PVC)-cardiomyopathy from the CHF-STAT (Survival Trial of Antiarrhythmic Therapy in Congestive Heart Failure) trial, a population with cardiomyopathy (left ventricular [LV] ejection fraction of <40%) and frequent PVCs (>10 PVCs per hour). BACKGROUND: PVCs are associated with heart failure and PVC-cardiomyopathy. The prevalence of PVC-cardiomyopathy and outcome benefits of PVC suppression are not clear. METHODS: A secondary analysis of the CHF-STAT study was performed to compare the rate of successful PVC suppression (≥80% PVC reduction), LV recovery (defined as improvement in LV ejection fraction of ≥10% points), and PVC-cardiomyopathy between amiodarone and placebo groups at 6 months. PVC-cardiomyopathy was defined if both PVC reduction of ≥80% and LV ejection fraction improvement of ≥10% were present at 6 months. Cardiac events (death or resuscitated cardiac arrest) were compared between PVC-cardiomyopathy versus non-PVC-cardiomyopathy during a 5-year follow-up. RESULTS: The rates of successful PVC suppression and LV recovery were significantly higher in the amiodarone (72% and 39%, respectively) when compared to the placebo group (12% and 16%, respectively; p < 0.001), regardless of cardiomyopathy etiology. PVC-cardiomyopathy was present in 29% and 1.8% of patients in the amiodarone and placebo groups, respectively (p < 0.001). Similar PVC-cardiomyopathy rates were found in ischemic (24% amiodarone vs. 2% placebo; p < 0.001) and nonischemic populations (41% amiodarone vs. 1.5% placebo; p < 0.001). Death and resuscitated cardiac arrest were significantly lower in patients with PVC-cardiomyopathy and those treated with amiodarone. CONCLUSIONS: The overall prevalence of PVC-cardiomyopathy in the CHF-STAT study was significant regardless of ischemic substrate (29%, overall population; 41%, nonischemic cardiomyopathy). Treatment of PVC-cardiomyopathy with amiodarone is likely to improve survival in this high-risk population.
2405-5018 Huizar, Jose F Fisher, Susan G Ramsey, Frederick V Kaszala, Karoly Tan, Alex Y Moore, Hans Koneru, Jayanthi N Kron, Jordana Padala, Santosh K Ellenbogen, Kenneth A Singh, Steven N Journal Article United States JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2021 Mar;7(3):380-390. doi: 10.1016/j.jacep.2020.08.028. Epub 2020 Nov 25.