Impact of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation in patients with heart failure (ExTraMATCH II) on mortality and hospitalisation: an individual patient data meta-analysis of randomised trials

Taylor, R. S. et al. (2018) Impact of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation in patients with heart failure (ExTraMATCH II) on mortality and hospitalisation: an individual patient data meta-analysis of randomised trials. European Journal of Heart Failure, 20(12), pp. 1735-1743. (doi:10.1002/ejhf.1311) (PMID:30255969)

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Abstract

Aims: To undertake an individual patient data (IPD) meta‐analysis to assess the impact of exercise‐based cardiac rehabilitation (ExCR) in patients with heart failure (HF) on mortality and hospitalisation, and differential effects of ExCR according to patient characteristics: age, sex, ethnicity, New York Heart Association functional class, ischaemic aetiology, ejection fraction, and exercise capacity. Methods and results: Randomised trials of exercise training for at least 3 weeks compared with no exercise control with 6‐month follow‐up or longer, providing IPD time to event on mortality or hospitalisation (all‐cause or HF‐specific). IPD were combined into a single dataset. We used Cox proportional hazards models to investigate the effect of ExCR and the interactions between ExCR and participant characteristics. We used both two‐stage random effects and one‐stage fixed effect models. IPD were obtained from 18 trials including 3912 patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction. Compared to control, there was no statistically significant difference in pooled time to event estimates in favour of ExCR although confidence intervals (CIs) were wide [all‐cause mortality: hazard ratio (HR) 0.83, 95% CI 0.67–1.04; HF‐specific mortality: HR 0.84, 95% CI 0.49–1.46; all‐cause hospitalisation: HR 0.90, 95% CI 0.76–1.06; and HF‐specific hospitalisation: HR 0.98, 95% CI 0.72–1.35]. No strong evidence was found of differential intervention effects across patient characteristics. Conclusion: Exercise‐based cardiac rehabilitation did not have a significant effect on the risk of mortality and hospitalisation in HF with reduced ejection fraction. However, uncertainty around effect estimates precludes drawing definitive conclusions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Taylor, Professor Rod
Authors: Taylor, R. S., Walker, S., Smart, N. A., Piepoli, M. F., Warren, F. C., Ciani, O., O'Connor, C., Whellan, D., Keteyian, S. J., Coats, A., Davos, C. H., Dalal, H. M., Dracup, K., Evangelista, L., Jolly, K., Myers, J., McKelvie, R. S., Nilsson, B. B., Passino, C., Witham, M. D., Yeh, G. Y., and Zwisler, A.-D. O.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:European Journal of Heart Failure
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1388-9842
ISSN (Online):1879-0844
Published Online:26 September 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in European Journal of Heart Failure 20(12):1735-1743
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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