May 31, 2020

Relation of Pretransplant Peak Oxygen Consumption to Outcomes After Heart Transplantation

The American Journal of Cardiology
Bishnu P DhakalChantal A ElAmm


Peak exercise oxygen consumption (pVO2) is an important predictor of prognosis in patients with heart failure (HF). The association between pretransplant pVO2 and post-transplantation outcomes in HF patients has not been previously studied. We identified adult OHT recipients with available pVO2 in the United Network for Organ Sharing registry (2000 to 2015). Patients were divided into 3 categories using Weber classification: class B (pVO2 16 to 20 ml/kg/min), class C (pVO2 10 to 16 ml/kg/min), and class D (pVO2 <10 ml/kg/min). Postoperative outcomes (mortality, renal failure, rejection) were compared between the groups. A total of 9,623 patients were included in this analysis; the mean age was 54 ± 11 years, 74% were male, 75% were white and 59% had nonischemic etiology of HF. The mean pVO2 was 11.7 ± 3.6 ml/kg/min: 1,202 (12.5%) in class B, 6,055 (62.9%) in class C, and 2,366 (24.6%) were in class D. At a median follow-up of 6.1 years, 2,730 (28.4%) died. Post-transplantation survival decreased with decreasing pVO2; 1 and 5-year survival: B (92%, 80%), C (90%, 79%), and D (87%, 75%), p <0.001 by log-rank. After multiple adjustments, patients in class D had significantly higher post-transplantation mortality compared with class...Continue Reading

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Statistical Test
PvO2 - Venous Partial Pressure of Oxygen Result
Oxygen Consumption Measurement
Dialysis Procedure
Heart Failure
Kidney Failure
Cessation of Life
Oxygen Consumption

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