Background: This study describes short-term and mid-term outcomes of nonagenarian patients undergoing transfemoral or transapical transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in the Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valve (PARTNER)-I trial.
Methods: From April 2007 to February 2012, 531 nonagenarians, mean age 93 ± 2.1 years, underwent TAVR with a balloon-expandable prosthesis in the PARTNER-I trial: 329 through transfemoral (TF-TAVR) and 202 transapical (TA-TAVR) access. Clinical events were adjudicated and echocardiographic results analyzed in a core laboratory. Quality of life (QoL) data were obtained up to 1 year post-TAVR. Time-varying all-cause mortality was referenced to that of an age-sex-race-matched US population.
Results: For TF-TAVR, post-procedure 30-day stroke risk was 3.6%; major adverse events occurred in 35% of patients; 30-day paravalvular leak was greater than moderate in 1.4%; median post-procedure length of stay (LOS) was 5 days. Thirty-day mortality was 4.0% and 3-year mortality 48% (44% for the matched population). By 6 months, most QoL measures had stabilized at a level considerably better than baseline, with Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) 72 ± 21. For TA-TAVR, post-procedure 30-day stroke risk was 2.0%; major adverse events 32%; 30-day paravalvular leak was greater than moderate in 0.61%; and median post-procedure LOS was 8 days. Thirty-day mortality was 12% and 3-year mortality 54% (42% for the matched population); KCCQ was 73 ± 23.
Conclusions: A TAVR can be performed in nonagenarians with acceptable short- and mid-term outcomes. Although TF- and TA-TAVR outcomes are not directly comparable, TA-TAVR appears to carry a higher risk of early death without a difference in intermediate-term mortality. Age alone should not preclude referral for TAVR in nonagenarians.
Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00530894.
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