Concomitant mitral valve procedures in patients undergoing implantation of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices: An INTERMACS database analysis

Jason O. Robertson, David C. Naftel, Susan L. Myers, Ryan J. Tedford, Susan M. Joseph, James K. Kirklin, Scott C. Silvestry

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Background: Management of existing mitral valve (MV) disease in patients undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation remains controversial. Methods: Among continuous-flow LVAD patients with moderate to severe mitral regurgitation entered into the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) database between April 2008 and March 2014 ( n = 4,930), outcomes were compared between patients who underwent MV repair (MVr, n = 252), MV replacement (MVR, n = 11) and no MV procedure (no MVP, n = 4,667). Impact on survival was analyzed by stratified actuarial and hazard function multivariable methodology. Post-operative functional capacity and quality of life were assessed. Results: Patients who underwent MVPs had higher pre-operative pulmonary vascular resistance (3.6 ± 2.9 vs 2.9 ± 2.6 Wood units; p = 0.0006) and higher pulmonary artery systolic pressures (55.1 ± 13.8 vs 51.5 ± 14.0 mm Hg; p = 0.0003). Two-year survival was 76% for patients with concomitant MVr, 57% for those with MVR and 71% for those with no MVP ( p = 0.15). By multivariable analysis, neither MVr nor MVR affected early or late survival. Although improvements in post-operative functional status as evaluated by 6-minute walk distances were comparable across groups, visual analog score assessments of quality of life suggested a benefit of concomitant MVPs at 1-year post-implant (79.00 ± 1.73 vs 74.45 ± 0.51; p = 0.03), with fewer re-admissions observed for MVP patients ( p < 0.0001). Conclusions: Concomitant MVPs are not associated with increased survival overall. However, MVPs are associated with benefits in terms of reduced hospital re-admission and improved quality of life in select patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2017



  • Left ventricular assist device
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • Mitral valve
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Mitral valve replacement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation

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