Publications by authors named "Franz P Rischard"

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The Right Ventricular-Pulmonary Arterial Coupling and Diastolic Function Response to Therapy in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.

Chest 2021 Oct 9. Epub 2021 Oct 9.

Department of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, and Allergy Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Electronic address:

Background: Multiparametric risk assessment is used in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) to target therapy. However, this strategy is imperfect as most patients remain in intermediate or high risk after initial treatment with low risk being the goal. Metrics of right ventricular (RV) adaptation are promising tools that may help refine our therapeutic strategy.

Research Question: Does RV adaptation predict therapeutic response over time?

Study Design And Methods: We evaluated 52 incident treatment naïve patients with advanced PAH by catheterization and cardiac imaging longitudinally at baseline, follow-up 1 (∼3 mo.) and follow-up 2 (∼18 mo.). All patients were placed on goal-directed therapy with parenteral treprostinil and/or combination therapy with treatment escalation if functional class I-II was not achieved. Therapeutic response was evaluated at follow-up 1 as non-responders (died) or responders and again at follow-up 2 as super-responders (low risk) or partial-responders (high/intermediate risk). Multiparametric risk was based on a simplified ERS/ESC guideline score. RV adaptation was evaluated with the single-beat coupling ratio (Ees/Ea) and diastolic function with diastolic elastance (Eed). Data are expressed as mean±SD or odds ratio [95%CI].

Results: Nine patients (17%) were non-responders. PAH-directed therapy improved ERS low risk from 1 (2%) at baseline to 23 (55%) at follow-up 2. Ees/Ea at presentation was non-significantly higher in responders (0.9±0.4) versus non-responders (0.6±0.4, p=0.09) but was unable to predict super-responder status at follow-up 2 (odds ratio 1.40 [0.28-7.0], p=0.84). Baseline RVEF and change in Eed successfully predicted super-responder status at follow-up 2 (odds ratio 1.15 [1.0-1.27], p=0.009 and 0.29 [0.86-0.96], p=0.04, respectively).

Interpretation: In patients with advanced PAH, RV-PA coupling could not discriminate irreversible RV failure (non-responders) at presentation but showed a late trend to improvement by follow-up 2. Early change in Eed and baseline RVEF were the best predictors of therapeutic response.
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October 2021

Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation of Cardiovascular Physiology in Patients With Pulmonary Vascular Disease: Insights From the PVDOMICS Program.

Circ Heart Fail 2020 03 24;13(3):e006363. Epub 2020 Feb 24.

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine (F.P.R.).

Background: Invasive hemodynamic evaluation through right heart catheterization plays an essential role in the diagnosis, categorization, and risk stratification of patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Methods: Subjects enrolled in the PVDOMICS (Redefining Pulmonary Hypertension through Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics) program undergo an extensive invasive hemodynamic evaluation that includes repeated measurements at rest and during several provocative physiological challenges. It is a National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute initiative to reclassify pulmonary hypertension groups based on clustered phenotypic and phenomic characteristics. At a subset of centers, participants also undergo an invasive cardiopulmonary exercise test to assess changes in hemodynamics and gas exchange during exercise.

Conclusions: When coupled with other physiological testing and blood -omic analyses involved in the PVDOMICS study, the comprehensive right heart catheterization protocol described here holds promise to clarify the diagnosis and clustering of pulmonary hypertension patients into cohorts beyond the traditional 5 World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension groups. This article will describe the methods applied for invasive hemodynamic characterization in the PVDOMICS program. Registration: URL: Unique identifier: NCT02980887.
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March 2020

Right ventricular afterload predicts long-term transition from parenteral to oral treprostinil in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Pulm Circ 2018 Oct-Dec;8(4):2045894018797270. Epub 2018 Aug 20.

2 Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, and Allergy Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Despite the increasing trends, reports on long-term follow-up are limited on transitioning from parenteral to oral treprostinil therapy in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We investigated both the effectiveness of parenteral to oral treprostinil transition and the characteristics associated with transition failure over a duration of two years. The study included 37 Group I functional class I and II patients with PAH on combination therapy. Patients were excluded if cardiac index ≤2.2 L/min/m, right atrial pressure ≥11 mmHg, or 6-min walk distance ≤250 m. Patients were categorized as successful (Transition) or unsuccessful (Transition) transition based on clinical stability, or a parenteral comparator (Parenteral) if they remained on parenteral therapy (no transition). All patients underwent two right heart catheterizations, one at enrollment and a second post transition. Of 24 total transition patients, 46% were classified as Transition. Transition occurred on average 577 days post transition. Both Transition and Transition had similar hemodynamics at diagnosis and treprostinil dose before and after transition. Before transition, the pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) was significantly higher in the Transition (6.7 ± 2 WU) vs. Transition group (3.5 ± 1.5 WU). At follow-up catheterization, the Transition group demonstrated further increases in PVR, greater than the Parenteral group, without recovery despite "rescue" therapy in the Transition group. A pre-transition PVR of 4.16 WU discriminated the Transition from the Transition group. While a subset of PAH patients on combination therapy may be safely transitioned from parenteral to oral treprostinil, caution should be exercised in patients with elevated baseline PVR to avoid irreversible destabilization.
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August 2018

PVDOMICS: A Multi-Center Study to Improve Understanding of Pulmonary Vascular Disease Through Phenomics.

Circ Res 2017 10;121(10):1136-1139

From the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (A.R.H., J.H.N.); Cleveland Clinic, OH (G.J.B., M.A.A., J.B., S.A.A.C., S.C.E., B.H., J.K.L., M.A.O., W.H.W.T.); Wayne State University/John D. Dingell VAMC, Detroil, MI (A.A.); Columbia University, New York, NY (E.B.R., W.K.C.); Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (B.A.B., R.P.F.); Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Silver Spring, MD (M.P.G.); New York University Medical Center (G.G.); Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD (P.M.H., S.C.M.); Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA (N.S.H.); Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY (E.M.H.); Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA (B.A.M., D.M.S., A.B.W., J.A.L.); The University of Arizona, Tucson (F.P.R., J.X.-J.Y.); and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD (L.X.).

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October 2017