Submammary device implantation. Good long-term performance and better patients' satisfaction. A single-center experience

Simone Savastano, Roberto Rordorf, Andrea Scotti Foglieni, Catherine Klersy, Alessandro Vicentini, Barbara Petracci, Antonio Sanzo, Rossella Marino, Erika Taravelli, Valentina De Regibus, Maurizio Landolina, Stefano De Servi

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Abstract

Introduction Device related distress negatively affects the quality of life of cardiac device recipients mostly of women. A submammary approach has been proposed to reduce the physical impact of the implantation. Our aim was to assess the safety of this approach and to evaluate the patients' acceptance of the device. Methods We enrolled 42 patients who underwent a submammary device. The primary endpoint was the need for implant revision that was assessed in the study group compared with the overall control group of 72 standard cardiac device recipients (29 females and 43 males)and with the female group (29 females of controls). In the female population (42 women of the submammary group and 29 of controls) patients' acceptance was calculated with the Florida Patient Acceptance Survey (FPAS). Results The rate of implant revision was similar in the two groups and the revision-free survival was comparable with a median follow-up of about six years (Log rank test p = 0.949). Similar results were found when considering only the female population. Patients' acceptance was greater in the submammary group [total FPAS 85 (95%CI 83–86) vs 74.5 (95%CI 70.2–77.3) p 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)820-826
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume221
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2016

Keywords

  • Device
  • Submammary
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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