Outcomes of Alcohol Septal Ablation in Younger Patients With Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Liebregts M, Faber L, Jensen MK, Vriesendorp PA, Januska J, Krejci J, Hansen PR, Seggewiss H, Horstkotte D, Adlova R, Bundgaard H, Ten Berg JM, Veselka J. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. 2017 Jun 12;10(11):1134–1143. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2017.03.030. IF: 8.84

prof. MUDr. Josef Veselka, CSc.

prof. MUDr. Josef Veselka, CSc., Department of Cardiology


OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe the safety and outcomes of alcohol septal ablation (ASA) in younger patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

BACKGROUND: The American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association guidelines reserve ASA for older patients and patients with serious comorbidities. Data on long-term age-specific outcomes after ASA are scarce.

METHODS: A total of 1,197 patients (mean age 58 ± 14 years) underwent ASA for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Patients were divided into young (≤50 years), middle-age (51 to 64 years), and older (≥65 years) groups.

RESULTS: Thirty-day mortality and pacemaker implantation rates were lower in young compared with older patients (0.3% vs. 2% [p = 0.03] and 8% vs. 16% [p < 0.001], respectively). Ninety-five percent of young patients were in New York Heart Association functional class I or II at last follow-up. During a mean follow-up period of 5.4 ± 4.2 years, 165 patients (14%) died. Annual mortality rates of young, middle-age, and older patients were 1%, 2%, and 5%, respectively (p < 0.01). Annual adverse arrhythmic event rates were similar in the 3 age groups at about 1% (p = 0.90). Independent predictors of mortality in young patients were age, female sex, and residual left ventricular outflow tract gradient. Additionally, young patients treated with ≥2.5 ml alcohol had a higher all-cause mortality rate (0.6% vs. 1.4% per year in patients treated with <2.5 ml, p = 0.03).

CONCLUSIONS: ASA in younger patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy was safe and effective for relief of symptoms at long-term follow-up. The authors propose that the indication for ASA can be broadened to younger patients.


For this topic, see also following articles:

Outcome of Alcohol Septal Ablation in Mildly Symptomatic Patients with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy: A Long-Term Follow-Up Study Based on the Euro-Alcohol Septal Ablation Registry.

Veselka J, Faber L, Liebregts M, Cooper R, Januska J, Krejci J, Bartel T, Dabrowski M, Hansen PR, Almaas VM, Seggewiss H, Horstkotte D, Adlova R, Bundgaard H, Ten Berg J, Stables RH, Jensen MK. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2017 May 16;6(5). pii: e005735. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.005735. IF: 5.117


BACKGROUND: The long-term efficacy and safety of alcohol septal ablation (ASA) in patients with highly symptomatic hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy has been demonstrated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term outcomes of mildly symptomatic patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy treated with ASA.

METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively evaluated consecutive patients enrolled in the Euro-ASA registry (1427 patients) and identified 161 patients (53±13 years; 27% women) who were mildly symptomatic (New York Heart Association [NYHA] class II) pre-ASA. The median (interquartile range) follow-up was 4.8 (1.7–8.5) years. The clinical outcome was assessed and compared with the age- and sex-matched general population. The 30-day mortality after ASA was 0.6% and the annual all-cause mortality rate was 1.7%, which was similar to the age- and sex-matched general population (P=0.62). A total of 141 (88%) patients had resting left ventricular outflow tract gradient at the last clinical checkup ≤30 mm Hg. Obstruction was reduced from 63±32 to 15±19 mm Hg (P<0.01), and the mean NYHA class decreased from 2.0±0 to 1.3±0.1 (P<0.01); 69%, 29%, and 2% of patients were in NYHA class I, II, and III at the last clinical checkup, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: Mildly symptomatic hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy patients treated with ASA had sustained symptomatic and hemodynamic relief with a low risk of developing severe heart failure. Their survival is comparable to the general population.


Low procedure-related mortality achieved with alcohol septal ablation in European patients.

Veselka J, Jensen MK, Liebregts M, Januska J, Krejci J, Bartel T, Dabrowski M, Hansen PR, Bundgaard H, Steggerda R, Faber L. International Journal of Cardiology. 2016 Apr 15;209:194–5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.02.077. Epub 2016 Feb 8. IF: 6.189


Two thirds of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) suffer from a left ventricular obstruction associated with more symptoms and worse prognosis. According to American and European Guidelines on HCM, there are two main therapeutic alternatives for treating the left ventricular obstruction: surgical myectomy and alcohol septal ablation (ASA). Both these alternatives are considered safe and effective. However, Panaich et al. have recently demonstrated real world American data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database showing an almost 6% in-hospital mortality rate associated with surgical myectomy.


Created: 9. 8. 2017 / Modified: 10. 9. 2018 / Responsible person: Mgr. Ing. Tereza Kůstková