Hemodynamic Effects of Sacubitril-Valsartan Versus Enalapril in Patients with Heart Failure in the EVALUATE-HF Study: Effect Modification by Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction and Sex

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  • Background: Treatment with sacubitril-valsartan reduces mortality and heart failure (HF) events in HF with reduced ejection fraction and may reduce HF hospitalization in women with HF with preserved ejection fraction. Methods: EVALUATE-HF randomized 464 participants (109 women) with HF with reduced ejection fraction to sacubitril-valsartan or enalapril for 12 weeks. Documented left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤0.40 within the prior 12 months was required, although core laboratory LVEF>0.40 was permitted. Assessments of aortic stiffness (pulse pressure and characteristic impedance, Zc) were performed at baseline and at trough and 4 hours postdose at weeks 4 and 12. Results: In models of change from baseline adjusted for baseline value, treatment with sacubitril-valsartan produced greater overall reductions in mean arterial pressure (treatment group difference,-3.0±0.8 mm Hg, P<0.001) and pulse pressure (-3.0±0.8 mm Hg, P<0.001). Postdose reductions in Zcwere greater in the sacubitril-valsartan group (-16±6 dyne×second/cm5, P=0.012). Post hoc analyses found evidence of effect modification by LVEF (interaction P=0.036). With LVEF<0.40, postdose reductions in Zcwere greater in the sacubitril-valsartan group (trough,-3±8 dyne×second/cm5versus post-dose,-17±8 dyne×second/cm5; interaction P=0.024) with no sex difference (treatment×sex interaction, P=0.3). With LVEF≥0.40, treatment with sacubitril-valsartan was associated with greater overall reductions in Zcin women (women,-80±21 dyne×second/cm5versus men,-20±13 dyne×second/cm5; interaction P=0.019). Conclusions: In prespecified analyses that include pre-and postdose assessments at 4 and 12 weeks, treatment with sacubitril-valsartan was associated with greater postdose reductions in aortic Zc. In a post hoc analysis, sacubitril-valsartan was associated with sustained reductions in Zcin women with LVEF≥0.40. Registration: URL: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov; Unique Identifier: NCT02874794.
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  • Mitchell GF; Solomon SD; Shah AM; Claggett BL; Fang JC; Izzo J; Abbas CA; Desai AS
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