Bleeding and thrombotic complications continue to plague continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) therapy in patients with end-stage heart failure. Warfarin genotyping information can be incorporated into decision making for initial dosing as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration; however, clinical utility of this data in the CF-LVAD population has not been well studied. Genotypes testing for CYP2C9 and VCORC1 polymorphisms were determined in 90 CF-LVAD patients. Outcomes studied were the association of CYP2C9 (∗1, ∗2, or ∗3) and VKORC1 (-1639 G>A) gene variants with time-To-Target international normalized ratio (INR), total warfarin dose, maintenance warfarin dose. Continuous-flow left ventricular assist device patients carrying a rare variant in the VKORC1 gene had a significantly lower cumulative warfarin dose until target INR achieved (18.9 vs. 35.0 mg, p = 0.002), days spent until INR target achieved (4.9 vs. 7.0 days, p = 0.021), and discharge warfarin dose (3.2 vs. 5.6 mg, p = 0.001) compared with patients with wild-Type genotype. Genotype-guided warfarin dosing may lead to safer anticoagulation and potentially improve outcomes in CF-LVAD patients.
- left ventricular assist device
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering