PIONEER-HF secures place for sacubitril/valsartan in this heart failure doc’s practice



– Dr. Larry A. Allen will now have an easier time of treating hospitalized patients with acute decompensated heart failure because of the results of the PIONEER-HF trial.

That study examined whether in-hospital initiation of sacubitril/valsartan compared to enalapril is safe and effective in ADHF, a treatment that hasn’t been studied well or taken up in clinical practice.

In PIONEER-HF, compared with enalipril, sacubitril/valsaran reduced NT-proBNP significantly from baseline to week 8 by 29%, showed comparable safety, and reduced composite endpoint of death, rehospitalization for heart failure, implantation of a left-ventricular implant device, and need for a transplant by 46%.

Dr. Allen, of the University of Colorado, Denver, was the designated discussant for the PIONEER-HF presentation at the American Heart Association scientific sessions. In an interview, he explained how these results will change his practice as a heart failure specialist. “It simplifies things: I don’t have to start on an old therapy in the hospital, get the patients back in clinic, and switch the over to this newer therapy. I can just start from the beginning with the therapy that I think will be most effective.”

To find out why, watch the complete interview.

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