2016 Volume 57 Issue 1 Pages 47-52
Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) is a recently developed, noninvasive therapeutic tool for the treatment of heart failure (HF). However, the efficacy of ASV therapy in patients with advanced HF remains uncertain, especially as regards its contribution to freedom from cardiac replacement therapy. A total of 85 patients with advanced HF (New York Heart Association [NYHA] class IV 71%, inotrope infusion-dependent 34%) refractory to guideline-directed medical therapy, received ASV therapy, irrespective of sleep-disordered breathing, at our institute between 2008 and 2014. Among these 85 patients, 46 continued ASV therapy for > 1 month (continued group), whereas 39 discontinued the therapy after < 1 month because of intolerance (discontinued group). There were no significant differences in baseline variables between the two groups. Heart rate indicating sympathetic activity, left ventricular (LV) reverse remodeling assessed by LV diastolic diameter, LV ejection fraction, and the grades of mitral and tricuspid regurgitations, HF severity assessed by NYHA class and plasma level of B-type natriuretic peptide, and end-organ dysfunction, improved significantly at 6 months following the initiation of ASV therapy (P < 0.05 for all). All-cause mortality and cardiac death rate were significantly lower during 2-year follow up in the continued group (P < 0.05 for both). In conclusion, ASV is a novel therapeutic tool prior to cardiac replacement therapy in patients with advanced HF and may prolong the period until cardiac replacement therapy becomes necessary.