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  • Improved Outcomes After Pulmonary ValveReplacement in Repaired Tetralogyof Fallot. Journal of the American College of Cardiology Bokma, J. P., Geva, T., Sleeper, L. A., Lee, J. H., Lu, M., Sompolinsky, T., Babu-Narayan, S. V., Wald, R. M., Mulder, B. J., Valente, A. M. 2023; 81 (21): 2075-2085


    BACKGROUND: The impact of pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) on major adverse clinical outcomes in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rTOF) is unknown.OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine whether PVR is associated with improved survival and freedom from sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) in rTOF.METHODS: A PVR propensity score was created to adjust for baseline differences between PVR and non-PVR patients enrolled in INDICATOR (International Multicenter TOF Registry). The primary outcome was time to the earliest occurrence of death or sustained VT. PVR and non-PVR patients were matched 1:1 on PVR propensity score (matched cohort) and in the full cohort, modeling was performed with propensity score as a covariate adjustment.RESULTS: Among 1,143 patients with rTOF (age 27 ± 14 years, 47% PVR, follow-up 8.3 ± 5.2 years), the primary outcome occurred in 82. The adjusted HR for the primary outcome for PVR vs no-PVR (matched cohort n=524) was 0.41 (95%CI: 0.21-0.81; multivariable model P = 0.010). Full cohort analysis revealed similar results. Subgroup analysis suggested beneficial effects in patients with advanced right ventricular (RV) dilatation (interaction P = 0.046; full cohort). In patients with RV end-systolic volume index >80mL/m2, PVR was associated with a lower primary outcome risk (HR: 0.32; 95%CI: 0.16-0.62; P< 0.001). There was no association between PVR and the primary outcome in patients with RV end-systolic volume index≤80mL/m2 (HR: 0.86; 95%CI: 0.38-1.92; P = 0.70).CONCLUSIONS: Compared with rTOF patients who did not receive PVR, propensity score-matched individuals receiving PVR had lower risk of a composite endpoint of death or sustained VT.

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  • Priorities and Understanding of Pregnancy Among Women With Congenital Heart Disease: A Mixed-Methods Study JACC: Advances Herrick, N., Al-Rousan, ., Rodriguez, C., Lee, J., Valente, A., Stone, J., Ramos, G., Asante-Boateng, B., El-Said, H., Moceri-Casas, M., Alshawabkeh, L. 2022; 1 (4)
  • Temporal Trends of Hospitalization, Mortality, and Financial Impact Related to Preeclampsia with Severe Features in Hawai'i and the United States. Hawai'i journal of health & social welfare Lee, J. H., Zhang, G., Harvey, S., Nakagawa, K. 2019; 78 (8): 252-257


    The temporal trend of hospitalizations, cost, and outcomes associated with preeclampsia with severe features have been inadequately studied. The publicly available Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database was accessed to examine the temporal trend of total number of discharges, age, death, and mean charges per admission associated with preeclampsia with severe features. Eleven-year temporal trends (2004 to 2014) of these measures were compared using linear regression and run charts using the statistical process control rule. From 2004 to 2014, the total number of discharges related to preeclampsia with severe features increased both for Hawai'i and the U.S. (United States) (Hawai'i: 104 to 231; U.S.: 35,082 to 55,235; both P<.0001). The corresponding rates of discharges per 100,000 population also both increased (Hawai'i: 8.2 to 16.3; U.S.: 12.0 to 17.3; both P<.0001). Comparing the temporal trends between Hawai'i and the U.S., Hawai'i had a significantly higher average annual increase in the rate of incidence than the national level (an annual increase rate of 9.2% in Hawai'i vs 4.2% nationally; P=.0004). The cost of hospitalization for preeclampsia with severe features also showed an increased trend for both Hawai'i and the U.S. (Hawai'i: 33.1% increase, P=.0005; U.S.: 41.1% increase, P<.0001). In the U.S., in-hospital mortality rates associated with this condition decreased from 0.09% in 2004 to 0.02% in 2014 (P=.03). In conclusion, the number of discharges related to preeclampsia with severe features increased over an 11-year period in Hawai'i and the U.S., and the rate of increase was higher in Hawai'i than the U.S. Maternal mortality rates from this condition also declined over the study period.

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