Background: Causes of sex differences in incidence of sustained ventricular arrhythmias (SVAs) are poorly understood. Objectives: This study aims to investigate sex-specific risk of SVAs and device therapies by balancing sex groups in relation to several baseline characteristics with the propensity score (PS). Methods: We used a large remote monitoring dataset from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds). Study endpoints were time to the first appropriate SVA, time to the first device therapy for SVA, and time to the first ICD shock. Results were compared between females and a PS-matched male subgroup. Results: In a cohort of 2,532 patients with an ICD or CRT-D (median age, 70 years), 488 patients (19.3%) were women. After selecting 488 men PS-matched for 19 variables relative to baseline demographics, implant indications, principal comorbidities, and concomitant therapy, yet the SVA rate at the 2.1-year median follow-up was significantly lower in women than in man (adjusted HR: 0.65; 95% CI: 0.51-0.81; P < 0.001). Women also showed a reduced risk of any device therapy (HR: 0.59; 95% CI: 0.45-0.76; P < 0.001) and shocks (HR: 0.66; 95% CI: 0.47-0.94; P = 0.021). Differences in sex-specific SVA risk profile were not confirmed in CRT-D patients (HR: 0.78; 95% CI: 0.55-1.09; P = 0.14) nor in those with an ejection fraction <30% (HR: 0.80; 95% CI: 0.52-1.23; P = 0.31). Conclusions: After matching demographics, indications, principal comorbidities, and concomitant therapy, women still exhibited a lower SVA risk profile than men, except in the subgroups of CRT-D or/and ejection fraction <30%.

Ventricular Arrhythmias and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Therapy in Women: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis

Calvi, Valeria;
2022-01-01

Abstract

Background: Causes of sex differences in incidence of sustained ventricular arrhythmias (SVAs) are poorly understood. Objectives: This study aims to investigate sex-specific risk of SVAs and device therapies by balancing sex groups in relation to several baseline characteristics with the propensity score (PS). Methods: We used a large remote monitoring dataset from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds). Study endpoints were time to the first appropriate SVA, time to the first device therapy for SVA, and time to the first ICD shock. Results were compared between females and a PS-matched male subgroup. Results: In a cohort of 2,532 patients with an ICD or CRT-D (median age, 70 years), 488 patients (19.3%) were women. After selecting 488 men PS-matched for 19 variables relative to baseline demographics, implant indications, principal comorbidities, and concomitant therapy, yet the SVA rate at the 2.1-year median follow-up was significantly lower in women than in man (adjusted HR: 0.65; 95% CI: 0.51-0.81; P < 0.001). Women also showed a reduced risk of any device therapy (HR: 0.59; 95% CI: 0.45-0.76; P < 0.001) and shocks (HR: 0.66; 95% CI: 0.47-0.94; P = 0.021). Differences in sex-specific SVA risk profile were not confirmed in CRT-D patients (HR: 0.78; 95% CI: 0.55-1.09; P = 0.14) nor in those with an ejection fraction <30% (HR: 0.80; 95% CI: 0.52-1.23; P = 0.31). Conclusions: After matching demographics, indications, principal comorbidities, and concomitant therapy, women still exhibited a lower SVA risk profile than men, except in the subgroups of CRT-D or/and ejection fraction <30%.
2022
implantable cardioverter-defibrillator
sex disparities
shock
ventricular arrhythmia
women
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