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Pulmonary artery pressure‐guided heart failure management: US cost‐effectiveness analyses using the results of the CHAMPION clinical trial

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      AimsHaemodynamic‐guided heart failure (HF) management effectively reduces decompensation events and need for hospitalizations. The economic benefit of clinical improvement requires further study.Methods and resultsAn estimate of the cost‐effectiveness of haemodynamic‐guided HF management was made based on observations published in the randomized, prospective single‐blinded CHAMPION trial. A comprehensive analysis was performed including healthcare utilization event rates, survival, and quality of life demonstrated in the randomized portion of the trial (18 months). Markov modelling with Monte Carlo simulation was used to approximate comprehensive costs and quality‐adjusted life years (QALYs) from a payer perspective. Unit costs were estimated using the Truven Health MarketScan database from April 2008 to March 2013. Over a 5‐year horizon, patients in the Treatment group had average QALYs of 2.56 with a total cost of US$56 974; patients in the Control group had QALYs of 2.16 with a total cost of US$52 149. The incremental cost‐effectiveness ratio (ICER) was US$12 262 per QALY. Using comprehensive cost modelling, including all anticipated costs of HF and non‐HF hospitalizations, physician visits, prescription drugs, long‐term care, and outpatient hospital visits over 5 years, the Treatment group had a total cost of US$212 004 and the Control group had a total cost of US$200 360. The ICER was US$29 593 per QALY.ConclusionsStandard economic modelling suggests that pulmonary artery pressure‐guided management of HF using the CardioMEMS™ HF System is cost‐effective from the US‐payer perspective. This analysis provides the background for further modelling in specific country healthcare systems and cost structures.

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          Sudden death from cardiac causes remains a leading cause of death among patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). Treatment with amiodarone or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has been proposed to improve the prognosis in such patients. We randomly assigned 2521 patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II or III CHF and a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of 35 percent or less to conventional therapy for CHF plus placebo (847 patients), conventional therapy plus amiodarone (845 patients), or conventional therapy plus a conservatively programmed, shock-only, single-lead ICD (829 patients). Placebo and amiodarone were administered in a double-blind fashion. The primary end point was death from any cause. The median LVEF in patients was 25 percent; 70 percent were in NYHA class II, and 30 percent were in class III CHF. The cause of CHF was ischemic in 52 percent and nonischemic in 48 percent. The median follow-up was 45.5 months. There were 244 deaths (29 percent) in the placebo group, 240 (28 percent) in the amiodarone group, and 182 (22 percent) in the ICD group. As compared with placebo, amiodarone was associated with a similar risk of death (hazard ratio, 1.06; 97.5 percent confidence interval, 0.86 to 1.30; P=0.53) and ICD therapy was associated with a decreased risk of death of 23 percent (0.77; 97.5 percent confidence interval, 0.62 to 0.96; P=0.007) and an absolute decrease in mortality of 7.2 percentage points after five years in the overall population. Results did not vary according to either ischemic or nonischemic causes of CHF, but they did vary according to the NYHA class. In patients with NYHA class II or III CHF and LVEF of 35 percent or less, amiodarone has no favorable effect on survival, whereas single-lead, shock-only ICD therapy reduces overall mortality by 23 percent. Copyright 2005 Massachusetts Medical Society.

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            [ 1 ] Technomics ResearchLLC Minneapolis MNUSA
            [ 2 ]University of Minnesota School of Public Health Minneapolis MNUSA
            [ 3 ]St. Cloud State University Graduate School St. Cloud MNUSA
            [ 4 ] Clinical Research and DevelopmentSt. Jude Medical, Inc. Sylmar CAUSA
            [ 5 ] Heart and Vascular CenterThe Ohio State University Columbus OHUSA
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            [* ]Corresponding author. Tel: +1 512-286-4526, Fax: +1 818-833-4903, Email: PAdamson02@
            Eur J Heart Fail
            Eur. J. Heart Fail
            European Journal of Heart Failure
            John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (Oxford, UK )
            19 September 2016
            May 2017
            : 19
            : 5 ( doiID: 10.1002/ejhf.2017.19.issue-5 )
            : 652-660
            © 2016 The Authors. European Journal of Heart Failure published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Society of Cardiology.

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