BACKGROUND: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is associated with increased mortality risk and rehospitalization after transcatheter aortic valve replacement among those with severe aortic stenosis. Whether cardiac troponin (cTnT) and NT-proBNP (N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide) risk stratify patients with aortic stenosis and without LVH is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a multicenter prospective registry of 923 patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement, we included 674 with core-laboratory-measured LV mass index, cTnT, and NT-proBNP. LVH was defined by sex-specific guideline cut-offs and elevated biomarker levels were based on age and sex cut-offs. Adjusted Cox proportional hazards models evaluated associations between LVH and biomarkers and all-cause death out to 5 years. Elevated cTnT and NT-proBNP were present in 82% and 86% of patients with moderate/severe LVH, respectively, as compared with 66% and 69% of patients with no/mild LVH, respectively (P<0.001 for each). After adjustment, compared with no/mild LVH, moderate/severe LVH was associated with an increased hazard of mortality (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 1.34; 95% CI 1.01– 1.77, P=0.043). cTnT and NT-proBNP each risk stratified patients with moderate/severe LVH (P<0.05). In a model with both biomarkers and LVH included, elevated cTnT (aHR, 2.08; 95% CI 1.45–3.00, P<0.001) and elevated NT-proBNP (aHR, 1.46; 95% CI 1.00–2.11, P=0.049) were each associated with increased mortality risk, whereas moderate/severe LVH was not (P=0.15). CONCLUSIONS: Elevations in circulating cTnT and NT-proBNP are more common as LVH becomes more pronounced but are also observed in those with no/minimal LVH. As measures of maladaptive remodeling and cardiac injury, cTnT and NT-proBNP predict post-transcatheter aortic valve replacement mortality better than LV mass index. These findings may have important implications for risk stratification and treatment of patients with aortic stenosis.
- left ventricular hypertrophy
- transcatheter aortic valve implantation
- transcatheter aortic valve replacement