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Suzanne V Arnold, Scott Goates, Paul Sorajja, David H Adams, Ralph Stephan von Bardeleben, Samir R Kapadia, David J Cohen; TRILUMINATE Pivotal Trial Investigators

October 26, 2023 | JACC


Background: In the TRILUMINATE Pivotal (Trial to Evaluate Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients Treated with the Tricuspid Valve Repair System Pivotal), tricuspid transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (T-TEER) reduced tricuspid regurgitation (TR) and improved health status compared with medical therapy alone with no benefit on heart failure hospitalizations or survival.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to better understand the health status benefits of T-TEER within the TRILUMINATE Pivotal trial.

Methods: TRILUMINATE randomized patients with severe TR to T-TEER (n = 175) or medical therapy (n = 175). Health status was assessed at baseline and at 1, 6, and 12 months with the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) (range 0-100; higher = better), which was compared between treatment groups using mixed effects linear regression. Alive and well was defined as KCCQ overall summary score ≥60 and no decline from baseline of >10 points at 1 year.

Results: Compared with medical therapy, T-TEER significantly improved health status at 1 month (mean between-group difference in KCCQ overall summary score 9.4 points; 95% CI: 5.3-13.4 points), with a small additional improvement at 1 year (mean between-group difference 10.4 points; 95% CI: 6.3-14.6 points). T-TEER patients were more likely to be alive and well at 1 year (T-TEER vs medical therapy: 74.8% vs 45.9%; P < 0.001), with a number needed to treat of 3.5. Interaction analyses demonstrated that the benefit of T-TEER diminished as baseline KCCQ overall summary score increased (Pint < 0.001). Exploratory analyses suggested that much of the health status benefit of T-TEER could be explained by TR reduction and that improvement in health status after T-TEER was strongly correlated with reduced 1-year mortality and heart failure hospitalization.

Conclusions: T-TEER with the TriClip system resulted in substantial and sustained health status improvement in patients with severe TR compared with medical therapy alone.

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