22 Jun Substantial Number of Deaths in Heart Failure Patients Can Be Reduced with ANRI Therapy
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, FACC, FAHA
Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science
Director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center
Co-Chief of Clinical Cardiology, UCLA Division of Cardiology
Co-Director, UCLA Preventative Cardiology Program
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1679
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Fonarow: Angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitors (ARNI) have been demonstrated to reduce mortality in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. However, to date, the population level impact of optimal implementation of this therapy in the United States has not been evaluated.
This new analysis estimates that as many 28,484 deaths in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction patients annually could be prevented or postponed with optimal use of angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitors (with sensitivity analyses demonstrating a range of 18,230 to 41,017).
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Dr. Fonarow: A substantial number of deaths could be prevented each year with optimal implementation of ANRI therapy for eligible heart failure patients.
These findings support efforts to ensure timely implementation of evidence and guidelines into clinical practice as this will have a material impact on the health and outcomes among patients with heart failure.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Fonarow: Further studies regarding the real world effectiveness of this therapy in types of patients not well represented in the PARADIGM-HF trial which established the benefits of ARNI therapy over ACE inhibitors in heart failure.
MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Dr. Fonarow: ARNI therapy has also been demonstrated to reduce hospitalizations for heart failure.
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Last Updated on June 22, 2016 by Marie Benz MD FAAD