Right Ventricular Ejection Fraction and Beta-Blocker Effect in Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction

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  • Background: A low right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) is a marker of poor outcomes in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Beta-blockers improve outcomes in HFrEF, but whether this effect is modified by RVEF is unknown. Methods and Results: Of the 2798 patients in Beta-Blocker Evaluation of Survival Trial (BEST), 2008 had data on baseline RVEF (mean 35%, median 34%). Patients were categorized into an RVEF of less than 35% (n = 1012) and an RVEF of 35% or greater (n = 996). We estimated hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) within each RVEF subgroup and formally tested for interactions between bucindolol and RVEF. The effect of bucindolol on all-cause mortality in 2008 patients with baseline RVEF (HR 0.88, 95% CI 0.75–1.02) is consistent with that in 2798 patients in the main trial (HR 0.90, 95% CI 0.78–1.02). Bucindolol use was associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality in patients with an RVEF of 35% or greater (HR 0.70, 95% CI 0.55–0.89), but not in those with an RVEF of less than 35% (HR 1.02, 95% CI 0.83–1.24, P for interaction =.022). Similar variations were observed for cardiovascular mortality (P for interaction =.009) and sudden cardiac death (P for interaction =.018), but not for pump failure death (P for interaction =.371) or HF hospitalization (P for interaction =.251). Conclusions: The effect of bucindolol on mortality in patients with HFrEF was modified by the baseline RVEF. If these hypothesis-generating findings can be replicated using approved beta-blockers in contemporary patients with HFrEF, then RVEF may help to risk stratify patients with HFrEF for optimization of beta-blocker therapy.
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  • Lam PH; Keramida K; Filippatos GS; Gupta N; Faselis C; Deedwania P; George B; Iskandrian A; Cleland JG; Choudhary G
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