Self-rated health predicts adverse events during beta-blocker treatment: The CIBIS-ELD randomised trial analysis

Mitja Lainscak, Jerneja Farkas, Simone Inkrot, Götz Gelbrich, Aleksandar N. Neskovic, Thomas Rau, Elvis Tahirovic, Agnieszka Töpper, Svetlana Apostolovic, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Christoph Herrmann-Lingen, Stefan D. Anker, Hans Dirk Düngen

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Background: Self-rated health (SRH) predicts outcome in patients with heart failure. Beta-blockers are known to improve health-related quality of life and reduce mortality in such patients. We aimed to evaluate the relation between SRH and adverse events during titration of beta-blockers in elderly patients with heart failure. Methods: The cardiac insufficiency bisoprolol study in the elderly (CIBIS-ELD) is a multicentre, double-blind trial, in which 883 patients aged ≥ 65 years with chronic heart failure (73 ± 6 years, 38% women, left ventricular ejection fraction [LVEF] 42% ± 14%) were randomised to bisoprolol or carvedilol. SRH was assessed at baseline and after 12 weeks, using a 5-grade descriptive scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. Results: Median SRH at baseline and follow-up was good, but more patients reported fair/poor SRH at baseline (36% vs. 30%, p = 0.012). Women, beta-blocker-naïve patients, patients in NYHA class III/IV and those with PHQ-9 score ≥ 12 were more likely to report fair/poor baseline SRH (p <0.001 for all). During follow-up, SRH improved in 34% of patients and worsened in 8% (p <0.001). Adverse events were experienced by 64% patients and 38% experienced > 1 adverse event or serious adverse event, with higher prevalence in lower SRH categories. In a multivariate logistic regression model, SRH, age, distance achieved on the 6-min walk test and LVEF > 45% predicted adverse events (p <0.05 for all). Conclusions: SRH is an independent predictor of adverse events during titration of beta-blockers and correlates with the proportion and number of adverse events per patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-92
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 10 2013


  • Bisoprolol
  • Carvedilol
  • Elderly
  • Heart failure
  • Self-rated health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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