Physical activity and prognosis in the TOPCAT trial (Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure With an Aldosterone Antagonist)

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  • Background: Physical activity (PA) is inversely associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes in healthy populations, but the impact of physical activity in patients with heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction is less well characterized. Methods: The baseline self-reported PA of 1751 subjects enrolled in the Americas region of the TOPCAT trial (Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure With an Aldosterone Antagonist) was categorized as poor, intermediate, or ideal PA with American Heart Association criteria. PA was related to the primary composite outcome (HF hospitalization, cardiovascular mortality, or aborted cardiac arrest), its components, and all-cause mortality with the use of multivariable Cox models. Results: The mean age at enrollment was 68.6±9.6 years. Few patients met American Heart Association criteria for ideal activity (11% ideal, 14% intermediate, 75% poor). Over a median follow-up of 2.4 years, the primary composite outcome occurred in 519 patients (397 HF hospitalizations, 222 cardiovascular deaths, and 6 aborted cardiac arrests). Compared with those with ideal baseline PA, poor and intermediate baseline PA was associated with a greater risk of the primary outcome (hazard ratio [HR], 2.05; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.28-3.28; HR, 1.95; 95% CI, 1.15-3.33, respectively), HF hospitalization (HR, 1.93; 95% CI, 1.16-3.22; HR, 1.84; 95% CI, 1.02-3.31), cardiovascular mortality (HR, 4.36; 95% CI, 1.37-13.83; HR, 4.05; 95% CI, 1.17-14.04), and allcause mortality (HR, 2.95; 95% CI, 1.44-6.02; HR, 2.05; 95% CI, 0.90-4.67) after multivariable adjustment for potential confounders. Conclusions: In patients with HF with preserved ejection fraction, both poor and intermediate self-reported PA were associated with higher risk of HF hospitalization and mortality.
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  • Circulation  Journal
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    Pubmed Id

  • 9497382
  • Author List

  • Hegde SM; Claggett B; Shah AM; Lewis EF; Anand I; Shah SJ; Sweitzer NK; Fang JC; Pitt B; Pfeffer MA
  • Start Page

  • 982
  • End Page

  • 992
  • Volume

  • 136
  • Issue

  • 11