Background: Despite interest in left ventricular (LV) recovery, there is an absence of data on the relationship between intrinsic LV hemodynamics and both reverse remodeling on a continuous flow LV assist device (CF-LVAD) therapy. We hypothesized that the markers of intrinsic LV function would be associated with remodeling, optimization, and outcomes. Methods and Results: Patients with continuous flow LVADs between 2015 and 2019 who underwent combined left and right heart catheterization ramp protocol at a single institution were enrolled. Patients were stratified by response to continuous flow LV assist device therapy: full responders, partial responders, or nonresponders per the Utah–Inova criteria. Hemodynamic data, including LV hemodynamics of peak LV dP/dt and tau (τ) were obtained at each phase. The 1-year heart failure hospitalization-free survival was the primary end point. Among 61 patients included in the current study 38 (62%) were classified as nonresponders, 14 as partial responders (23%), and 9 as full responders (15%). The baseline LV dP/dt and τ varied by response status (P ≤ .02) and generally correlated with reverse remodeling on linear regression. Biventricular filling pressures varied with τ and there was an interaction effect of speed on the relationship between τ and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (P = .04). Last, τ was a prognostic marker and associated with 1-year HF hospital-free survival (odds ratio 1.04, 95% confidence interval 1.00–1.07, P = .02 per millisecond increase). Conclusions: Significant correlations between τ and LV dP/dt and reverse remodeling were noted, with τ serving as a prognostic marker. A higher LVAD speed was associated with a greater reliance on LVAD for unloading. Future work should focus on defining the optimal level of LVAD support in relation to LV recovery.
- heart failure
- myocardial regeneration
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine