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Clinical features and survival in Takayasu’s arteritis-associated pulmonary hypertension: a nationwide study

Jiang, Xin, Zhu, Yong-Jian, Zhou, Yu-Ping, Peng, Fu-Hua, Wang, Lan, Ma, Wei, Cao, Yun-Shan, Pan, Xin, Zhang, Gang-Cheng, Zhang, Feng, Fan, Fen-Ling, Wu, Bing-Xiang, Huang, Wei, Yang, Zhen-Wen, Hong, Cheng, Li, Meng-Tao, Wang, Yi-Ning, Xu, Xi-Qi, Wang, Duolao ORCID:, Zhang, Shu-Yang and Jing, Zhi-Cheng (2021) 'Clinical features and survival in Takayasu’s arteritis-associated pulmonary hypertension: a nationwide study'. European Heart Journal, Vol 42, Issue 42, pp. 4298-4305.

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This study aimed to assess the clinical characteristics and long-term survival outcome in patients with Takayasu’s arteritis-associated pulmonary hypertension (TA-PH).

Methods and results
We conducted a nationally representative cohort study of TA-PH using data from the National Rare Diseases Registry System of China. Patients with pulmonary artery involvement who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of Takayasu’s arteritis and pulmonary hypertension were included. The primary outcome was the time from diagnosis of TA-PH to the occurrence of all-cause death. Between January 2007 and January 2019, a total of 140 patients were included, with a mean age of 41.4 years at diagnosis, and a female predominance (81%). Patients with TA-PH had severely haemodynamic and functional impairments at diagnosis. Significant improvements have been found in N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and haemodynamic profiles in patients with TA-PH receiving drugs approved for pulmonary arterial hypertension. The overall 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates in TA-PH were 94.0%, 83.2%, and 77.2%, respectively. Predictors associated with an increased risk of all-cause death were syncope [adjusted hazard ratio (HR) 5.38 (95% confidence interval 1.77–16.34), P = 0.003], NT-proBNP level [adjusted HR 1.04 (1.03–1.06), P < 0.001], and mean right atrial pressure [adjusted HR 1.07 (1.01–1.13), P = 0.015].

Patients with TA-PH were predominantly female and had severely compromised haemodynamics. More than 80% of patients in our cohort survived for at least 3 years. Medical treatment was based on investigators’ personal opinions, and no clear risk-to-benefit ratio can be derived from the presented data.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WG Cardiovascular System > WG 100 General works
WG Cardiovascular System > Heart. Heart Diseases > WG 200 General works
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 07:58
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2022 01:02


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