Title

Transcatheter Reduction of Paravalvular Leaks: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Publication Date

January 2015

Journal Title

Canadian Journal of Cardiology

Abstract

Background: Significant paravalvular leak (PVL) after surgical valve replacement can result in intractable congestive heart failure and hemolytic anemia. Because repeat surgery is performed in only few patients, transcatheter reduction of PVL is emerging as an alternative option, but its safety and efficacy remain uncertain. In this study we sought to assess whether a successful transcatheter PVL reduction is associated with an improvement in clinical outcomes. Methods: We identified 12 clinical studies that compared successful and failed transcatheter PVL reductions in a total of 362 patients. A Bayesian hierarchical meta-analysis was performed using cardiac mortality as a primary end point. The combined occurrence of improvement in New York Heart Association functional class or hemolytic anemia and the need for repeat surgery, were used as secondary end points. Results: A successful transcatheter PVL reduction was associated with a lower cardiac mortality rate (odds ratio [OR], 0.08; 95% credible interval [CrI], 0.01-0.90) and with a superior improvement in functional class or hemolytic anemia, compared with a failed intervention (OR, 9.95; 95% CrI, 2.10-66.73). Fewer repeat surgeries were also observed after successful procedures (OR, 0.08; 95% CrI, 0.01-0.40). Conclusions: A successful transcatheter PVL reduction is associated with reduced all-cause mortality and improved functional class in patients deemed unsuitable for surgical correction.

Volume Number

31

Issue Number

3

Pages

260-269

Document Type

Article

EPub Date

2015/03/10

Facility

School of Medicine

Primary Department

Pediatrics

Additional Departments

Cardiology

PMID

WOS:000350823400020

DOI

10.1016/j.cjca.2014.12.012

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