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Association of CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED to Frailty and Frail Outcomes: From the TREAT-AF Study. American heart journal Pundi, K., Perino, A. C., Fan, J., Din, N., Szummer, K., Heidenreich, P., Turakhia, M. P. 2023


BACKGROUND: Morbidity and mortality associated with high CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED scores is not specific to atrial fibrillation (AF). Frailty could be an important contributor to this morbidity and mortality while being mechanistically independent from AF. We sought to evaluate the association of stroke and bleeding risk to non-cardiovascular frail events and the association of stroke prevention therapy to outcomes in frail patients with atrial fibrillation.METHODS: Using the TREAT-AF (The Retrospective Evaluation and Assessment of Therapies in AF) study from the Veterans Health Administration, we identified patients with newly diagnosed AF from 2004-2014. Baseline frailty was identified using a previously validated claims-based index requiring =2 of 12 ICD-9 diagnoses. Logistic regressions modeled the association between CHA2DS2-VASc and modified HAS-BLED and frailty. Cox proportional hazard regressions were used to evaluate the association between CHA2DS2-VASc and modified HAS-BLED and a composite of non-cardiovascular frail events (fractures, urinary tract infections, bacterial pneumonia, or dehydration). We also evaluated the association of oral anticoagulant (OAC) use with stroke, bleeding, and 1-year mortality in frail patients and non-frail patients.RESULTS: In 213,435 patients (age 70 ± 11; 98% male; CHA2DS2-VASc 2.4±1.7) with AF, 8498 (4%) were frail. CHA2DS2-VASc > 0 and HAS-BLED > 0 were strongly associated with frailty (Odds Ratio [OR] 13.3 (95% CI: 11.6-15.2) for CHA2DS2-VASc 4+ and OR 13.4 (10.2 - 17.5) for HAS-BLED 3+). After adjusting for covariates, CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED > 0 were associated with higher risk of non-cardiovascular frail events (Hazard Ratio [HR] 2.1 (95% CI: 2.0-2.2) for CHA2DS2-VASc 4+ and HR 1.4 (95% CI: 1.3-1.5) for HAS-BLED 3+). In frail patients, OAC use was associated with significantly lower risk of 1-year mortality (HR 0.82; 95% CI 0.72 - 0.94, p?=?0.0031) but did not reach significance for risk of stroke (HR 0.80; 95% CI 0.55 - 1.18, p?=?0.26) or major bleeding (HR 1.08; 95% CI 0.93 - 1.25, p?=?0.34).CONCLUSION: High CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED scores are strongly associated with frailty. However, in frail patients, OAC use was associated with reduction in 1-year mortality. For this challenging clinical population with competing risks of frailty and frail events, focused prospective studies are needed to support clinical decision-making. Until then, careful evaluation of frailty should inform shared decision-making.

View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ahj.2023.03.015

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