Effect of 24-hour blood pressure and heart rate on the prognosis of patients with reduced and midrange LVEF
V. Yu. Mareev, L. G. Kapanadze, G. I. Kheimets, Yu. V. Mareev
Aim Optimal combination therapy for chronic heart failure (CHF) currently implies the mandatory use of at least four classes of drugs: renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAAS) system inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blocker neprilysin inhibitors (ARNI); beta-adrenoblockers (BAB); mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists; and sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors. Furthermore, many of these drugs are able to decrease blood pressure even to hypotension and alleviate tachycardia. This study
... on the relationship of 24-h blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) with the prognosis for CHF patients with sinus rhythm and left ventricular ejection fraction (LV EF) <50 % as well as on suggesting possible variants of safe therapy for CHF depending on the combination of studied factors.Material and methods Effects of clinical data, echocardiographic parameters, 24-h BP, and heart rhythm (data from 24-h BP and ECG monitors) on the prognosis of 155 patients with clinically pronounced CHF, LV EF <50 %, and sinus rhythm who were followed up for 5 years after discharge from the hospital.Results The one-factor analysis showed that the prognosis of CHF patients was statistically significantly influenced by the more severe functional class (FC) III CHF compared to FC II, reduced LV EF (<35 %), a lower 24-h systolic BP (SBP) (<103 mm Hg), the absence of hypotensive episodes in daytime, a low variability of nighttime BP (<7.5 mm Hg), a higher 24-h HR (>71 bpm vs. <60 bpm), the absence of therapy with RAAS inhibitors + BAB, and a lower body weight index. The multi-factor analysis showed that more severe CHF FC, lower LV EF, and the absence of RAAS inhibitors + BAB therapy retained the influence on the prognosis. After eliminating the influencing factor of drug therapy, also a low SBP variability significantly influenced the prognosis. An additional analysis determined the following four groups of CHF patients with reduced heart systolic function according to mean 24-h HR and SBP: the largest group (38.1 % of all patients) with controlled HR (≤69 bpm), preserved SBP (>103 mm Hg), and the lowest death rate of 15.3 %; the group with increased HR (>69 bpm) but preserved SBP (30.3 % of all patients) where the death rate was 44.7 %, which was significantly higher than in the first group; the group with normal HR (≤69 bpm) but reduced SBP (≤103 mm Hg) (16.1 % of patients) where the death rate was 40 %, which was comparable with the second group and significantly worse than in the first group; and the group with both increased HR (>69 bpm) and reduced SBP (≤103 mm Hg) (15.5 % of patients), which resulted in the maximal risk of death (70.8 % of patients with CHF and LV EF <50 %), which was significantly higher than in the three other groups.Conclusion Low SBP (including 24-h SBP with reduced variability in day- and nighttime) in combination with high HR (including by data of Holter monitoring), low LV EF, more severe clinical course of CHF, and the absence of an adequate treatment with neurohormonal modulators (RAAS inhibitors and BAB) significantly increased the risk of death. Isolating four types of FC II-III CHF with sinus rhythm and EF <50% based on the combination of HR and BP identifies patients with an unfavorable prognosis, which will help developing differentiated therapeutic approaches taking into account clinical features.