Survival benefits similar in women and men in TAVI procedures with the CoreValve system


Women and men benefitted similarly from the CoreValve system (Medtronic), according to results from the CoreValve ADVANCE study. The data, presented at EuroPCR 2012 on 17 May, evaluated patients who were at high-risk for surgical aortic valve replacement.

The gender analysis, a secondary-endpoint evaluation in the real-world CoreValve ADVANCE study, found that survival rates were nearly identical between genders, with no statistical differences in 30-day and 6-month all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality or the 30-day MACCE endpoint (Major adverse cardiac & cerebrovascular events, a composite of all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction, emergent cardiac surgery or percutaneous re-intervention, and stroke).

Overall, patients experienced low 30-day stroke rates (2.9% overall), with the combined stroke rates of major and minor strokes being very low (major 1.2%, and minor 1.7%). However, female patients experienced a statistically higher rate of strokes (4.4% vs. 1.4%; p-value <0.01), major vascular complications (14.1% vs. 7.1%; p-value <0.01) and major bleeding (5.0% vs. 3.1%; p-value <0.01). For minor stroke between genders, and for major strokes between genders, differences were not significant, though there was a trend for women to have more minor strokes than men.

“This study is an important contribution to the growing base of research on TAVI, and sheds light on the unique needs for managing severe aortic stenosis in women,” said Patrizia Presbitero, director of Interventional Cardiology, Hospital Humanitas Rozzano, Milan, Italy, and an investigator in the CoreValve ADVANCE study, and a professional development co-chair and member of the Leadership Council of WIN (Women in Innovations/Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, SCAI). “We need to know more about gender differences to effectively treat patients with heart disease in a more specific way, taking into account those differences that can affect treatment.”

Women and men benefited similarly from the CoreValve system even though women (51% of patients) and men (49% of patients) had different risk profiles. Specifically, at the time of enrolment, women as compared to men were:

  • Older than males (82.2 years vs. 79.9 years; p-value <0.001);
  • Had higher average gradients (47.6 vs. 43.5 mmHg; p-value <0.001) and peak gradients (79.0 vs. 72.5 mmHg; p-value <0.001), a measure of blood flow across the valve;
  • Had less coronary artery disease (46% vs. 70%; p-value <0.001); and
  • Were prescribed fewer cardiovascular medications, including cholesterol-lowering medications (p-value 0.002) and statins (p-value 0.013).

“The robust ADVANCE trial provides a compelling discovery that the CoreValve system is an excellent therapeutic option for both men and women, and it helps us begin to consider how men and women present differently prior to implant and might be managed accordingly,” said Axel Linke, professor of medicine at Universitat Leipzig Herzzentrum, Leipzig, Germany and principal investigator of the ADVANCE clinical trial. “An important next step will be to further evaluate why stroke events were more common for women, including the possible role of medications which were prescribed less frequently for women in this study.”

About the ADVANCE study

The ADVANCE study is one of the largest multicentre transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) trials to date, with 1,015 patients consecutively treated at 44 experienced TAVI centres in 12 countries. Clinical endpoints were calculated according to Valve Academic Research Consortium (VARC) standardised definitions. All data were independently monitored, all adverse events related to the primary endpoints were adjudicated by an independent Clinical Events Committee (CEC) consisting of experienced cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists, and all cerebrovascular events (including stroke and other events) were adjudicated by an independent neurologist using neuroimaging and systematic NIH Stroke Scale assessments.

The CoreValve system received CE mark in 2007 for the treatment of patients deemed at high or extreme risk for surgery.

The system is available in three sizes (26mm, 29mm and 31mm), and is the only transcatheter aortic valve implantation system approved for direct aortic or subclavian access.

The CoreValve system is currently limited to investigational use in the United States.