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Wiley Open Access, Journal of the American Heart Association, 2021

DOI: 10.1161/jaha.120.018565

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Clinical Course Long After Atrial Switch: A Novel Risk Score for Major Clinical Events

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Abstract

Background Patients with transposition of the great arteries corrected by an atrial switch operation experience major clinical events during adulthood, mainly heart failure (HF) and arrhythmias, but data on the emerging risks remain scarce. We assessed the risk for events during the clinical course in adulthood, and provided a novel risk score for event‐free survival. Methods and Results This multicenter study observed 167 patients with transposition of the great arteries corrected by an atrial switch operation (61% Mustard procedure; age, 28 [interquartile range, 24–36] years) for 13 (interquartile range, 9–16) years, during which 16 (10%) patients died, 33 (20%) had HF events, defined as HF hospitalizations, heart transplantation, ventricular assist device implantation, or HF‐related death, and 15 (9%) had symptomatic ventricular arrhythmias. Five‐year risk of mortality, first HF event, and first ventricular arrhythmia increased from 1% each at age 25 years, to 6% (95% CI, 4%–9%), 23% (95% CI, 17%–28%), and 5% (95% CI, 2%–8%), respectively, at age 50 years. Predictors for event‐free survival were examined to construct a prediction model using bootstrapping techniques. A prediction model combining age >30 years, prior ventricular arrhythmia, age >1 year at repair, moderate or greater right ventricular dysfunction, severe tricuspid regurgitation, and mild or greater left ventricular dysfunction discriminated well between patients at low (<5%), intermediate (5%–20%), and high (>20%) 5‐year risk (optimism‐corrected C‐statistic, 0.86 [95% CI, 0.82–0.90]). Observed 5‐ and 10‐year event‐free survival rates in low‐risk patients were 100% and 97%, respectively, compared with only 31% and 8%, respectively, in high‐risk patients. Conclusions The clinical course of patients undergoing atrial switch increasingly consists of major clinical events, especially HF. A novel risk score stratifying patients as low, intermediate, and high risk for event‐free survival provides information on absolute individual risks, which may support decisions for pharmacological and interventional management.