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Cardiac allograft vasculopathy in heart transplant recipients from hepatitis C viremic donors

Kadosh, Bernard S; Birs, Antoinette S; Flattery, Erin; Stachel, Maxine; Hong, Kimberly N; Xia, Yuhe; Gidea, Claudia; Aslam, Saima; Razzouk, Louai; Saraon, Tajinderpal; Goldberg, Randal; Rao, Shaline; Pretorius, Victor; Moazami, Nader; Smith, Deane E; Adler, Eric D; Reyentovich, Alex
BACKGROUND:Recent studies suggest the transplantation of Hepatitis C (HCV) hearts from viremic donors is associated with comparable 1 year survival to nonviremic donors. Though HCV viremia is a known risk factor for accelerated atherosclerosis, data on cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) outcomes are limited. We compared the incidence of CAV in heart transplant recipients from HCV viremic donors (nucleic acid amplification test positive; NAT+) compared to non-HCV infected donors (NAT-). METHODS:We retrospectively reviewed annual coronary angiograms with intravascular ultrasound from April 2017 to August 2020 at two large cardiac transplant centers. CAV was graded according to ISHLT guidelines. Maximal intimal thickness (MIT) ≥ 0.5 mm was considered significant for subclinical disease. RESULTS:Among 270 heart transplant recipients (mean age 54; 77% male), 62 patients were transplanted from NAT+ donors. CAV ≥ grade 1 was present in 8.8% of the NAT+ versus 16.8% of the NAT- group at 1 year, 20% versus 28.8% at 2 years, and 33.3% versus 41.5% at 3 years. After adjusting for donor age, donor smoking history, recipient BMI, recipient, hypertension, and recipient diabetes, NAT+ status did not confer increased risk of CAV (HR.80; 95% CI.45-1.40, p = 0.43) or subclinical IVUS disease (HR.87; 95% CI.58-1.30, p = 0.49). Additionally, there was no difference in the presence of rapidly progressive lesions on IVUS. CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:Our data show that NAT+ donors conferred no increased risk for early CAV or subclinical IVUS disease following transplantation in a cohort of heart transplant patients who were treated for HCV, suggesting the short-term safety of this strategy to maximize the pool of available donor hearts.
PMID: 38545881
ISSN: 1399-0012
CID: 5645082

Intraoperative Use of Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump to Generate Pulsatile Flow During Heart Transplantation: A Single-Center Experience

James, Les; Dorsey, Michael P; Kilmarx, Sumner E; Yassin, Sallie; Shrivastava, Shashwat; Menghani, Neil; Bajaj, Vikram; Grossi, Eugene A; Galloway, Aubrey C; Moazami, Nader; Smith, Deane E
The physiologic impact of pulsatile flow (PF) on end-organ perfusion during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is controversial. Using an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to maintain PF during CPB for patients undergoing heart transplantation (HT) may impact end-organ perfusion, with implications for postoperative outcomes. A single-center retrospective study of 76 patients bridged to HT with IABP was conducted between January 2018 and December 2022. Beginning in May 2022, patients received IABP-generated PF during CPB at an internal rate of 80 beats/minute. Fifty-eight patients underwent HT with the IABP turned off (IABP-Off), whereas 18 patients underwent HT with IABP-generated PF (IABP-On). The unmatched IABP-On group experienced shorter organ ischemia times (180 vs. 203 minutes, p = 0.015) and CPB times (104 vs. 116 minutes, p = 0.022). The cohort was propensity matched according to age, organ ischemia time, and CPB time. Elevations in postoperative lactates in the immediate (2.8 vs. 1.5, p = 0.062) and 24 hour (4.7 vs. 2.4, p = 0.084) postoperative periods trended toward significance in the matched IABP-Off group. There was no difference in postoperative vasoactive inotropic score (VIS), postoperative creatinine, or length of stay. This limited preliminary data suggest that maintaining counterpulsation to generate PF during CPB may improve end-organ perfusion in this patient population as suggested by lower postoperative lactate levels.
PMID: 38531093
ISSN: 1538-943x
CID: 5644742

Impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on drug overdoses in the United States and the effect on cardiac transplant volume and survival

Phillips, Katherine G; James, Les; Rabadi, Marie; Grossi, Eugene A; Smith, Deane; Galloway, Aubrey C; Moazami, Nader
BACKGROUND:Drug overdose (DO) deaths rose to unprecedented levels during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This study examines the impact of COVID-19 on the availability of cardiac allografts from DO donors and the implications of DO donor use on recipient survival. METHODS:Heart transplants reported to the United Network for Organ Sharing from January 2017 to November 2019 ("pre-COVID") and from March 2020 to June 2021 ("COVID pandemic") were analyzed with respect to DO donor status. Outcomes were analyzed using Kaplan-Meier survival and Cox regression to identify predictors of survival. Characteristics of discarded cardiac allografts were also compared by DO donor status. RESULTS:During the COVID-19 pandemic, 27.2% of cardiac allografts were from DO donors vs 20.5% pre-COVID, a 32.7% increase (p < 0.001). During the pandemic, DO donors were younger (84.7% vs 76.3% <40 years, p < 0.001), had higher cigarette use (16.1% vs 10.8%, p < 0.001), higher cocaine use (47.4% vs 19.7%, p < 0.001), and higher incidence of hepatitis C antibodies (26.8% vs 6.1%, p < 0.001) and RNA positivity (16.2% vs 4.2%, p < 0.001). While DO donors were less likely to require inotropic support (30.8% vs 35.4%, p = 0.008), they were more likely to have received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (95.3% vs 43.2%, p < 0.001). Recipient survival was equivalent using Kaplan-Meier analysis (log-rank, p = 0.33) and survival probability at 36 months was 85.6% (n at risk = 398) for DO donors vs 83.5% (n at risk = 1,633) for all other donors. Cox regression demonstrated that DO donor status did not predict mortality (hazard ratio 1.05; 95% confidence interval 0.90-1.23, p = 0.53). CONCLUSIONS:During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a 32.7% increase in heart transplants utilizing DO donor hearts, and DO became the most common mechanism of death for donors. The use of DO donor hearts did not have an impact on short-term recipient survival.
PMID: 37890684
ISSN: 1557-3117
CID: 5620362

Donation after circulatory death significantly reduces waitlist times while not changing post-heart transplant outcomes: A United Network for Organ Sharing Analysis

Ahmed, Hosam F; Kulshrestha, Kevin; Kennedy, John T; Gomez-Guzman, Amalia; Greenberg, Jason W; Hossain, Md Monir; Zhang, Yin; D'Alessandro, David A; John, Ranjit; Moazami, Nader; Chin, Clifford; Ashfaq, Awais; Zafar, Farhan; Morales, David L S
BACKGROUND:Recently, several centers in the United States have begun performing donation after circulatory death (DCD) heart transplants (HTs) in adults. We sought to characterize the recent use of DCD HT, waitlist time, and outcomes compared to donation after brain death (DBD). METHODS:Using the United Network for Organ Sharing database, 10,402 adult (aged >18 years) HT recipients from January 2019 to June 2022 were identified: 425 (4%) were DCD and 9,977 (96%) were DBD recipients. Posttransplant outcomes in matched and unmatched cohorts and waitlist times were compared between groups. RESULTS:DCD and DBD recipients had similar age (57 years for both, p = 0.791). DCD recipients were more likely White (67% vs 60%, p = 0.002), on left ventricular assist device (LVAD; 40% vs 32%, p < 0.001), and listed as status 4 to 6 (60% vs 24%, p < 0.001); however, less likely to require inotropes (22% vs 40%, p < 0.001) and preoperative extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (0.9% vs 6%, p < 0.001). DCD donors were younger (29 vs 32 years, p < 0.001) and had less renal dysfunction (15% vs 39%, p < 0.001), diabetes (1.9% vs 3.8%, p = 0.050), or hypertension (9.9% vs 16%, p = 0.001). In matched and unmatched cohorts, early survival was similar (p = 0.22). Adjusted waitlist time was shorter in DCD group (21 vs 31 days, p < 0.001) compared to DBD cohort and 5-fold shorter (DCD: 22 days vs DBD: 115 days, p < 0.001) for candidates in status 4 to 6, which was 60% of DCD cohort. CONCLUSIONS:The community is using DCD mostly for those recipients who are expected to have extended waitlist times (e.g., durable LVADs, status >4). DCD recipients had similar posttransplant early survival and shorter adjusted waitlist time compared to DBD group. Given this early success, efforts should be made to expand the donor pool using DCD, especially for traditionally disadvantaged recipients on the waitlist.
PMID: 37863451
ISSN: 1557-3117
CID: 5620422

Commentary: United Network for Organ Sharing policies work, but progress only occurs at the speed of a snail: A need for expeditious adjustments [Editorial]

Reyentovich, Alex; Smith, Deane; Moazami, Nader
PMID: 37354946
ISSN: 1097-685x
CID: 5543072

Heart transplantation: advances in expanding the donor pool and xenotransplantation

Jou, Stephanie; Mendez, Sean R; Feinman, Jason; Mitrani, Lindsey R; Fuster, Valentin; Mangiola, Massimo; Moazami, Nader; Gidea, Claudia
Approximately 65 million adults globally have heart failure, and the prevalence is expected to increase substantially with ageing populations. Despite advances in pharmacological and device therapy of heart failure, long-term morbidity and mortality remain high. Many patients progress to advanced heart failure and develop persistently severe symptoms. Heart transplantation remains the gold-standard therapy to improve the quality of life, functional status and survival of these patients. However, there is a large imbalance between the supply of organs and the demand for heart transplants. Therefore, expanding the donor pool is essential to reduce mortality while on the waiting list and improve clinical outcomes in this patient population. A shift has occurred to consider the use of organs from donors with hepatitis C virus, HIV or SARS-CoV-2 infection. Other advances in this field have also expanded the donor pool, including opt-out donation policies, organ donation after circulatory death and xenotransplantation. We provide a comprehensive overview of these various novel strategies, provide objective data on their safety and efficacy, and discuss some of the unresolved issues and controversies of each approach.
PMID: 37452122
ISSN: 1759-5010
CID: 5537952

Commentary: Direct cardiac compression device for biventricular support: If we put lipstick on a pig, is it still a pig? [Editorial]

Moazami, Nader; Smith, Deane
PMID: 34924196
ISSN: 1097-685x
CID: 5108672

Intraoperative Considerations and Management of Simultaneous Heart Kidney Transplantation

Ngai, Jennie; Keny, Nikhil; James, Les; Katz, Simon; Moazami, Nader
PMID: 37210325
ISSN: 1532-8422
CID: 5508212

Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy With Myocardial Calcinosis Masquerading as Cardiac Amyloidosis

Singh, Arushi; Kadosh, Bernard S; Grossman, Kelsey; Donnino, Robert; Narula, Navneet; Zhou, Fang; DiVita, Michael; Smith, Deane E; Moazami, Nader; Chang, Stephanie H; Angel, Luis F; Reyentovich, Alex
PMID: 37492988
ISSN: 1941-3297
CID: 5620132

Thoracoabdominal normothermic regional perfusion in donation after circulatory death does not restore brain blood flow

Frontera, Jennifer A; Lewis, Ariane; James, Les; Melmed, Kara; Parent, Brendan; Raz, Eytan; Hussain, Syed T; Smith, Deane E; Moazami, Nader
Use of thoracoabdominal normothermic regional perfusion (TA-NRP) during donation after circulatory death (DCD) is an important advance in organ donation. Prior to establishing TA-NRP, the brachiocephalic, left carotid, and left subclavian arteries are ligated, thereby eliminating anterograde brain blood flow via the carotid and vertebral arteries. While theoretical concerns have been voiced that TA-NRP after DCD may restore brain blood flow via collaterals, there have been no studies to confirm or refute this possibility. We evaluated brain blood flow using intraoperative transcranial Doppler (TCD) in two DCD TA-NRP cases. Pre-extubation, anterior and posterior circulation brain blood flow waveforms were present in both cases, similar to the waveforms detected in a control patient on mechanical circulatory support undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. Following declaration of death and initiation of TA-NRP, no brain blood flow was detected in either case. Additionally, there was absence of brainstem reflexes, no response to noxious stimuli and no respiratory effort. These TCD results demonstrate that DCD with TA-NRP did not restore brain blood flow.
PMID: 37211334
ISSN: 1557-3117
CID: 5543542