Comparison between cardiac resynchronization therapy with and without defibrillator on long-term mortality: A propensity score matched analysis.

J Cardiol 2020 04 27;75(4):432-438. Epub 2019 Sep 27.

Department of Cardiology, Shanghai Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Electronic address:

Background: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)-defibrillator (CRT-D) has been more widely implanted than CRT-pacemaker (CRT-P) in patients of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and prolonged QRS duration. However, the superiority of CRT-D over CRT-P in improving prognosis has not been well established.

Methods: Consecutive patients who underwent CRT implantation between 2005 and 2016 were retrospectively recruited and followed up to December 2017. Baseline characteristics were collected and all-cause mortality was compared between CRT-D and CRT-P recipients. Propensity score matched analysis was further performed to validate the results.

Results: A total of 345 patients (219 CRT-D, 126 CRT-P) were included. During a median follow-up of 36 months, there were 81 deaths (37.0%) in the CRT-D group compared to 56 deaths (44.4%) in the CRT-P group. There was no significant difference in the risk of mortality between CRT-D and CRT-P groups [hazard ratio (HR) 0.99, 95% CI 0.70-1.40, p = 0.95]. Propensity score matching yielded 111 cases per group, and there was no significant difference in the risk of mortality between CRT-D and CRT-P groups (HR 0.87, 95%CI 0.57-1.34, p = 0.53). No significant difference between CRT-D and CRT-P in reducing mortality was observed in any pre-specified subgroups, although the difference between CRT-D and CRT-P was more pronounced in patients with left bundle branch block (p = 0.01 for interaction).

Conclusions: CRT-D did not reduce all-cause mortality compared with CRT-P in this retrospective propensity score matched study. A comprehensive score system incorporating multiple factors is needed for risk stratification and guidance on device selection.

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April 2020

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