Polypill Eligibility for Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction in the ASIAN-HF Registry: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

Aishwarya Vijay, Wan Ting Tay, Tiew Hwa K. Teng, Kanako Teramoto, Jasper Tromp, Wouter Ouwerkerk, Seet Yoong Lo, Wataru Shimizu, Mark D. Huffman, Carolyn S.P. Lam, Chanchal Chandramouli, Anubha Agarwal

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Background: The rates of guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT) prescription for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) in Asia remain sub-optimal. The primary objective of this study was to examine HFrEF polypill eligibility in the context of measured baseline prescription rates of individual components of GDMT among participants with HFrEF in Asia. Methods: A retrospective analysis of 4,868 patients with HFrEF from the multi-national ASIAN-HF registry was performed, and 3,716 patients were included in the final, complete case analysis. Eligibility for a HFrEF polypill, upon which patients were grouped and characterized, was based on the following: left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF < 40% on baseline echocardiography), systolic blood pressure ≥ 100 mm Hg, heart rate ≥ 50 beats/minute, eGFR ≥ 30 mL/min/1.73 m, and serum potassium ≤ 5.0 mEq/L. Regression analyses were performed to evaluate associations of the baseline sociodemographic factors with HFrEF polypill eligibility. Results: Among 3,716 patients with HFrEF in the ASIAN-HF registry, 70.3% were eligible for a HFrEF polypill. HFrEF polypill eligibility was significantly higher than baseline rates of triple therapy prescription of GDMT across sex, all studied geographical regions, and income levels. Patients were more likely to be eligible for a HFrEF polypill if they were younger and male, with higher BMI and systolic blood pressure, and less likely to be eligible if they were from Japan and Thailand. Conclusion: The majority of patients with HFrEF in ASIAN-HF were eligible for a HFrEF polypill and were not receiving conventional triple therapy. HFrEF polypills may be a feasible and scalable implementation strategy to help close the treatment gap among patients with HFrEF in Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number33
JournalGlobal Heart
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023


  • HFrEF
  • global cardiovascular health
  • guideline-directed medical therapy
  • polypill


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