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Impact of transcatheter mitral valve repair on preprocedural and postprocedural hospitalization rates

Czarnecki A, Han L, Abuzeid W, Cantor WJ, Chan V, Cohen EA, Cohen GN, Fam N, Garg P, Hibbert B, Mehta SR, Ong G, Osten M, Ko DT. JJACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2021; 14(20):2274–81. Epub 2021 Oct 18. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcin.2021.08.007


Objectives — The objective of this study was to determine the effect of transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) on hospitalization rates by assessing pre- and postprocedural hospitalization patterns.

Background — TMVr has emerged as the treatment of choice for selected patients with mitral regurgitation, but the impact of these procedures on hospital utilization remains unclear.

Methods — All patients who underwent TMVr in Ontario, Canada, between 2011 and 2017 were included in this observational study using population-based data. Hospitalization person-year rates were assessed in the years before and after TMVr and 4 predefined intervals: 1 to 30, 31 to 90, 91 to 182, and 183 to 365 days. Main outcomes of interest were all-cause and heart failure (HF) hospitalizations. Poisson regression models were used to compare incidence rates across all time periods.

Results — The study cohort included 523 patients. In the year preceding TMVr, 66.2% of patients were hospitalized compared with 47.4% in the year following. There were stepwise increases in both all-cause and HF hospitalization rates in the periods preceding the index procedure, and all postprocedural periods had significantly lower hospitalization rates. The adjusted rate ratios for all-cause and HF-related hospitalization in the year after TMVr were 0.65 (95% CI: 0.56-0.76) and 0.38 (95% CI: 0.29-0.51), respectively. All time periods had significant reductions in all-cause and HF hospitalization in the adjusted analysis.

Conclusions — In this population-based study, significant reductions were observed in both all-cause and HF-related hospitalizations in all time periods after TMVr compared with the year prior. This suggests that TMVr has a sustained effect on hospitalization rates despite a high-risk population.

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