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Prevalence, incidence and prognostic implications of left bundle branch block in patients with stable coronary artery disease. an analysis from the CLARIFY registry

Session Coronary artery disease and comorbidities

Speaker Emmanuel Sorbets

Event : ESC Congress 2019

  • Topic : coronary artery disease, acute coronary syndromes, acute cardiac care
  • Sub-topic : Epidemiology, Prognosis, Outcome
  • Session type : Rapid Fire Abstracts

Authors : A Darmon (Paris,FR), G Ducrocq (Paris,FR), Y Elbez (Paris,FR), E Sorbets (Bobigny,FR), R Ferrari (Cotignola,IT), I Ford (Glasgow,GB), JC Tardif (Montreal,CA), M Tendera (Katowice,PL), KM Fox (London,GB), PG Steg (Paris,FR)

A. Darmon1 , G. Ducrocq1 , Y. Elbez1 , E. Sorbets2 , R. Ferrari3 , I. Ford4 , J.C. Tardif5 , M. Tendera6 , K.M. Fox7 , P.G. Steg1 , 1Hospital Bichat-Claude Bernard, Cardiology - Paris - France , 2Hospital Avicenne of Bobigny, Université Paris 13 - Bobigny - France , 3Maria Cecilia Hospital, Department of Cardiology and LTTA Centre, University Hospital of Ferrara and Maria Cecilia Hospital, - Cotignola - Italy , 4University of Glasgow, Robertson Centre for Biostatistics - Glasgow - United Kingdom , 5Montreal Heart Institute, University of Montreal - Montreal - Canada , 6Medical University of Silesia - Katowice - Poland , 7Royal Brompton Hospital, NHLI Imperial College, ICMS - London - United Kingdom ,

On behalf: The CLARIFY Investigators

Coronary Artery Disease – Epidemiology, Prognosis, Outcome

European Heart Journal ( 2019 ) 40 ( Supplement ), 1290

Background: The prevalence, and prognostic implication of left bundle branch block (LBBB) in general population and patients admitted for acute myocardial infarction (MI) as been extensively studied. However, data are scarce about patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) and it remains unclear whether LBBB is only a marker of a severe cardiomyopathy or an independent predictor of events in these patients.

Purpose: We aimed to describe the prevalence, incidence and prognostic implications of LBBB in patients with stable CAD. Additionally, we aimed to describe the incidence of newly diagnosed LBBB that occurred without recent myocardial infarction.

Methods: CLARIFY is an international registry of more than 30.000 patients with stable CAD. LBBB was collected at baseline and at each follow-up visit, and patients were considered to have LBBB if the length of the QRS complex was of more than 120 milliseconds. Patients with previous pacemaker implantation of internal cardiac defibrillator were excluded. The primary outcome was a composite of cardiovascular (CV) Death, MI or stroke, and secondary outcomes included hospitalization for heart failure (HF) or the need for pacemaker implantation.

Results: From the 23.457 patients with available data regarding LBBB status, 1.041 (4.4%) had LBBB at baseline and 1.237 (5.3%) had at least one LBBB assessed during 5-year follow-up. Only 21 patients with newly diagnosed LBBB overtime, had a documented MI the same year. Compared to patients without LBBB, patients with LBBB had a higher risk profile regarding age (67.2±10.1 versus 63.6±10.4 years, p<0.0001), history of coronary artery bypass grafting (29.2% vs 23.7%, p<0.0001), diabetes (35.1% vs 28.4%, p<0.0001), and HF (25.2% vs 16.8%, p<0.0001) (Table). In unadjusted analysis, patients with LBBB had a higher risk of primary outcome (13.4% vs 8.7%, p<0.0001) and each secondary outcome. In multivariate analysis taking into account several possible confounders, there was no difference in the rate of CV death, MI or stroke between LBBB or no-LBBB patients (adjusted HR 1.04, 95% CI 0.85–1.29). However, patients with LBBB had a higher rate of pacemaker implantation (adjusted HR 2.21, 95% CI 1.55–3.15, p<0.0001) and hospitalization for HF (adjusted HR 1.53, 95% CI 1.25–1.88, p<0.0001) (Figure).

Conclusion: The prevalence of LBBB in patients with stable CAD was 4.4% and 5.3% with 5-year follow-up. The overwhelming majority of newly diagnosed LBBB were not contemporary of documented myocardial infarction. LBBB was not associated with a higher rate of major adverse cardiovascular events, including all cause mortality but with a higher risk of pacemaker implantation and hospitalization for heart failure. To our knowledge this is the first study reporting such results in a broad population of stable CAD patients.

Outcomes according to LBBB status

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