Association Between a Prolonged PR Interval and Outcomes of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: A Report From the National Cardiovascular Data Registry.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: A prolonged PR interval is common among cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) candidates; however, the association between PR interval and outcomes is unclear, and the data are conflicting. METHODS: We conducted inverse probability weighted analyses of 26 451 CRT-eligible (ejection fraction ≤35, QRS ≥120 ms) patients from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry ICD Registry to assess the association between a prolonged PR interval (≥230 ms), receipt of CRT with defibrillator (CRT-D) versus implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), and outcomes. We first tested the association between a prolonged PR interval and outcomes among patients stratified by device type. Next, we performed a comparative effectiveness analysis of CRT-D versus ICD among patients when stratified by PR interval. Using Medicare claims data, we followed up with patients up to 5 years for incident heart failure hospitalization or death. RESULTS: Patients with a PR≥230 ms (15%; n=4035) were older and had more comorbidities, including coronary artery disease, atrial arrhythmias, diabetes mellitus, and chronic kidney disease. After risk adjustment, a PR≥230 ms (versus PR<230 ms) was associated with increased risk of heart failure hospitalization or death among CRT-D (hazard ratio, 1.23; 95% confidence interval, 1.14-1.31; P<0.001) but not ICD recipients (hazard ratio, 1.08; 95% confidence interval, 0.97-1.20; P=0.17) (Pinteraction=0.043). CRT-D (versus ICD) was associated with lower rates of heart failure hospitalization or death among patients with PR<230 ms (hazard ratio, 0.79; 95% confidence interval, 0.73-0.85; P<0.001) but not PR≥230 ms (hazard ratio, 1.01; 95% confidence interval, 0.87-1.17; P=0.90) (Pinteraction=0.0025). CONCLUSIONS: A PR≥230 ms is associated with increased rates of heart failure hospitalization or death among CRT-D patients. The real-world comparative effectiveness of CRT-D (versus ICD) is significantly less among patients with a PR≥230 ms in comparison with patients with a PR<230 ms.

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Cited Authors

  • Friedman, DJ; Bao, H; Spatz, ES; Curtis, JP; Daubert, JP; Al-Khatib, SM

Published Date

  • November 22, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 134 / 21

Start / End Page

  • 1617 - 1628

PubMed ID

  • 27760795

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27760795

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4539

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.022913


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States