Eighth annual INTERMACS report: Special focus on framing the impact of adverse events

J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Oct;36(10):1080-1086. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2017.07.005. Epub 2017 Jul 15.


Background: The Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) database now includes >20,000 patients from >180 hospitals.

Methods: The eighth annual report of INTERMACS updates the first decade of patient enrollment.

Results: In the current era, >95% of implants are continuous flow devices. Overall survival continues to remain >80% at 1 year and 70% at 2 years. Review of major adverse events shows minimal advantage for patients with ambulatory heart failure pre-implant. Stroke, major infection, and continued inotrope requirement during the first 3 months have a major effect on subsequent survival.

Conclusions: Greater application of durable devices to patients with ambulatory heart failure will mandate more effective neutralization or prevention of major adverse events.

Keywords: INTERMACS; advanced heart failure; destination therapy; mechanical support; ventricular assist device.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual
  • Global Health
  • Heart Failure / epidemiology
  • Heart Failure / surgery*
  • Heart-Assist Devices / adverse effects*
  • Heart-Assist Devices / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Registries*
  • Survival Rate / trends