Analysis shows first significant advantages for transcatheter aortic valve in patients with prior CABG


Medtronic has revealed new one-year clinical data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the self-expanding CoreValve System offers advantages in survival and safety compared to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in high risk aortic stenosis patients who have previously undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. This is the first analysis to evaluate a self-expanding valve in prior-CABG patients within a trial of TAVR and SAVR.

Presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) (San Diego, USA), the post-hoc sub-analysis of the high-risk study of the CoreValve US pivotal trial included 226 prior-CABG patients who were either treated with TAVR (n=115) or SAVR (n=111).

At one year, there was a significant difference favouring TAVR with CoreValve in the combined primary study endpoint of all-cause mortality or major stroke with an incidence of 11.4% in the TAVR group vs. 21.8% in the SAVR group (p=0.04).  Additionally, there was a trend towards a survival advantage for patients who received TAVR with CoreValve compared to SAVR (90.4% vs. 81.9%, respectively; p=0.06) and lower rates of cardiovascular mortality (7% vs. 13.8%, respectively; p=0.10).

“Prior to now, the treatment of this patient population has been confounded by the lack of data showing clinical benefit of TAVR versus surgical aortic valve replacement for prior-CABG aortic stenosis patients, who may have increased risks of mortality and morbidity with re-operation,” said John Conte, professor of surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital who presented the data at STS. “The CoreValve System demonstrated important clinical advantages including faster recovery compared to surgical valve replacement offering heart teams an alternative to open heart surgery for this patient population.”

The analysis also showed reduced complications for patients receiving TAVR vs. SAVR at one year, including lower rates of acute kidney injury (5.3% vs. 16.3%; p=0.007), life threatening or disabling bleeding (14% vs. 43.5%; p<0.001), as well as lower major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular event with the TAVR-treated patients (17.5% vs. 28.1%, respectively; p=0.05). There was no difference in the overall rates of all stroke (10.6% vs. 14.3%, p=<0.40) or major stroke (8.8% vs. 6.6%; p=<0.54) between the two patient groups.

“Through our robust clinical trial program, we have been able to address important unanswered questions about optimal treatment with TAVR,” said Rhonda Robb, vice president and general manager of Heart Valve Therapies at Medtronic. “The favourable outcomes from this analysis add to the growing body of clinical evidence that reinforce the positive performance of the CoreValve System, which to date is the only TAVR device to demonstrate significant clinical advantages in this important subgroup of high risk patients with prior-CABG procedures.”

The CoreValve System is available for use in the USA following US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2014 for patients at extreme risk and high risk for surgery. Since receiving CE mark in 2007, the CoreValve System has been implanted in more than 70,000 patients in more than 60 countries.