American Heart Association

Sacubitril/Valsartan improves quality of life in patients with HFrEF

Contributor: Nicholas Hawkes

Quality not quantity. Why not both? It is established that sacubitril/valsartan is superior to enalapril (or dose-equivalent ACE-I) when it comes to mortality and morbidity in HFrEF. But what about quality of life (QoL)? Patients enrolled in PARADIGM-HF had increased quality of life when randomized to sacubitril/valsartan.

Progenitor cells are decreased in heart failure and specific to HF type

Contributor: Mat Bull

Do progenitor cells matter for patients with HF? First, what is a progenitor cell? A progenitor cell is a stem cell that has potential to differentiate into multiple different cell types. Progenitor cells are classified by cluster of differentiation surface markers, which act as receptors and ligands to their target tissue. CD34+ progenitor cells have been shown to play a role in vascular and myocardial regeneration and in this article are shown to be an important biomarker in heart failure.

Concentric left ventricular hypertrophy rarely leads to dilated cardiomyopathy

Contributor: Jennifer Huang

Does concentric left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) progress to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)? It may not be as common as we previously thought and the transition may occur over decades.

1,386 participants of the Dallas Heart Study without baseline LV dilation were included. Ten percent of the participants had baseline LVH (7.2 g/mL0.67  for men and 5.8 g/mL0.67 for women). The study population had a mean age of 44 years, 57% women and 43% black patients. Of note, patients that developed cardiovascular disease during the study period (MI, CABG, PCI, stroke or HF) were not included in the final cohort of 1282. Baseline and follow up cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was performed a median of 7 years after baseline imaging.

The more the merrier? Dose of ACE-I/ARBs and outcomes in HFrEF

Contributor: Steven Stroud

It is reported that more is more for HFrEF patients and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I) and angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) therapy. In a recent meta-analysis of six randomized trials*, higher doses of ACE-I/ARBs were associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality. Of note, when the ARB trial (HEAAL) was taken out of the analysis, higher dose ACE-I alone did not reach statistical significance.

Heart failure begets kidney disease

Contributor: Jennifer Huang

Data from over 3 million US Veterans explored connections between HF and kidney disease, common co-morbid players. The data showed that having HF increases the risk of developing kidney disease and accelerates the process.