Management and outcomes in patients with moderate or severe functional mitral regurgitation and severe left ventricular dysfunction

Zainab Samad, Linda K. Shaw, Matthew Phelan, Mads Ersboll, Niels Risum, Hussein R. Al-Khalidi, Donald D. Glower, Carmelo A. Milano, John H. Alexander, Christopher M. O'Connor, Andrew Wang, Eric J. Velazquez

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Aims: The management and outcomes of patients with functional moderate/severe mitral regurgitation and severe left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction are not well defined.We sought to determine the characteristics, management strategies, and outcomes of patients with moderate or severe mitral regurgitation (MR) and LV systolic dysfunction. Methods and results: For the period 1995.2010, the Duke Echocardiography Laboratory and Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Diseases databaseswere merged to identify patientswithmoderate or severe functional MRand severe LV dysfunction (defined as LV ejection fraction ≤30% or LV end-systolic diameter >55 mm).We examined treatment effects in two ways. (i) A multivariableCox proportional hazardsmodelwas used to assess the independent relationship of different treatment strategies and long-term event (death, LV assist device, or transplant)-free survival among those with and without coronary artery disease (CAD). (ii) To examine the association of mitral valve (MV) surgery with outcomes, we divided the entire cohort into two groups, those who underwent MV surgery and those who did not; we used inverse probability weighted (IPW) propensity adjustment to account for non-random treatment assignment. Among 1441 patients with moderate (70%) or severe (30%) MR, a significant history of hypertension (59%), diabetes (28%), symptomatic heart failure (83%), and CAD (52%) was observed. Past revascularization in 26% was noted. At 1 year, 1094 (75%) patients were treated medically. Percutaneous coronary intervention was performed in 114 patients, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in 82, CABG and MV surgery in 96, and MV surgery alone in 55 patients. Among patients with CAD, compared with medical therapy alone, the treatment strategies of CABGsurgery [hazard ratio (HR) 0.56, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.42-0.76] and CABG with MV surgery (HR 0.58, 95% CI 0.44-0.78) were associated with long-term, event-free survival benefit. Percutaneous intervention treatment produced a borderline result (HR 0.78, 95% CI 0.61-1.00). However, the relationship with isolated MVsurgery did not achieve statistical significance (HR 0.64, 95% CI 0.33-1.27, P = 0.202). Among those with CAD, following IPWadjustment, MV surgery was associated with a significant event-free survival benefit compared with patients withoutMV surgery (HR 0.71, 95% CI 0.52-0.95). In the entire cohort, following IPWadjustment, the use of MV surgery was associated with higher event-free survival (HR 0.69, 95% CI 0.53-0.88). Conclusion: In patients with moderate or severe MR and severe LV dysfunction, mortality was substantial, and among those selected for surgery, MV surgery, though performed in a small number of patients, was independently associated with higher event-free survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2733-2741
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Left ventricular dysfunction
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • Mitral valve surgery
  • Outcomes


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