Survival with cardiac-resynchronization therapy in mild heart failure.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: The Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (MADIT-CRT) showed that early intervention with cardiac-resynchronization therapy with a defibrillator (CRT-D) in patients with an electrocardiographic pattern showing left bundle-branch block was associated with a significant reduction in heart-failure events over a median follow-up of 2.4 years, as compared with defibrillator therapy alone. METHODS: We evaluated the effect of CRT-D on long-term survival in the MADIT-CRT population. Post-trial follow-up over a median period of 5.6 years was assessed among all 1691 surviving patients (phase 1) and subsequently among 854 patients who were enrolled in post-trial registries (phase 2). All reported analyses were performed on an intention-to-treat basis. RESULTS: At 7 years of follow-up after initial enrollment, the cumulative rate of death from any cause among patients with left bundle-branch block was 18% among patients randomly assigned to CRT-D, as compared with 29% among those randomly assigned to defibrillator therapy alone (adjusted hazard ratio in the CRT-D group, 0.59; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.43 to 0.80; P<0.001). The long-term survival benefit of CRT-D in patients with left bundle-branch block did not differ significantly according to sex, cause of cardiomyopathy, or QRS duration. In contrast, CRT-D was not associated with any clinical benefit and possibly with harm in patients without left bundle-branch block (adjusted hazard ratio for death from any cause, 1.57; 95% CI, 1.03 to 2.39; P=0.04; P<0.001 for interaction of treatment with QRS morphologic findings). CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate that in patients with mild heart-failure symptoms, left ventricular dysfunction, and left bundle-branch block, early intervention with CRT-D was associated with a significant long-term survival benefit. (Funded by Boston Scientific; numbers, NCT00180271, NCT01294449, and NCT02060110.).

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goldenberg, I; Kutyifa, V; Klein, HU; Cannom, DS; Brown, MW; Dan, A; Daubert, JP; Estes, NAM; Foster, E; Greenberg, H; Kautzner, J; Klempfner, R; Kuniss, M; Merkely, B; Pfeffer, MA; Quesada, A; Viskin, S; McNitt, S; Polonsky, B; Ghanem, A; Solomon, SD; Wilber, D; Zareba, W; Moss, AJ

Published Date

  • May 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 370 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 1694 - 1701

PubMed ID

  • 24678999

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24678999

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-4406

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1056/NEJMoa1401426


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States