American Heart Association

Old drug… new trick? Treatment with sildenafil may prevent device thrombosis and ischemic stroke in LVAD patients.

Contributor: Chris Sobowale

Bleeding and thrombosis account for almost half of adverse events in patients with CF-LVADs.

Saeed et al analyzed 144 HeartMate II (HMII) CF-LVAD patients in a single center, retrospective study. Patients in the sildenafil groups were on sildenafil for pulmonary hypertension or right ventricular dysfunction for at least 30 days after discharge from CF-LVAD implant. Patients were divided into four groups:

  1. Low level hemolysis not on sildenafil (n=31)
  2. Low level hemolysis on sildenafil (n= 16)
  3. No low level hemolysis not on sildenafil n= (76)
  4. No low level hemolysis on sildenafil (n=21)

Octreotide may prevent recurrent GI bleeds in CF-LVAD patients

Contributor: Nick Hawkes

CF-LVAD patients experience high rates of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. A multicenter, retrospective analysis by Shah et al demonstrated that patients with a prior GI bleed after CF-LVAD implantation had a lower rate (24% vs 43%) of recurrent GI bleed when receiving octreotide.

Fifty-one patients were identified from 5 participating centers. All patients had one previous GI bleed following CF-LVAD implantation, and received octreotide treatment for at least 6 months following index GI bleed. Octreotide was dosed as a monthly depot injection in 72% of patients or twice daily subcutaneous injection in 28%. Shah et al used a comparison group of HMII CF-LVAD patients who had experienced a GI bleed in clinical trials using HMII bridge-to-transplant (BTT) and destination therapy (DT). Patients were propensity matched based on HF etiology, CF-LVAD indication, CF-LVAD support time, sex, and age. Of the 51 CF-LVAD patients analyzed, 50% were DT. Twelve patients (24%) who received octreotide experienced a recurrent bleed vs 22 (43%) of the comparison group (p<0.04).