Aims: The effectiveness and safety of 48 h intravenous 30 μg/kg/day serelaxin infusion in acute heart failure (AHF) has been studied in six randomized, controlled clinical trials. Methods and results: We conducted a fixed-effect meta-analysis including all studies of intravenous serelaxin initiated within the first 16 h of admission for AHF. Endpoints considered were the primary and secondary endpoints examined in the serelaxin phase III studies. In six randomized controlled trials, 6105 total patients were randomized to receive intravenous serelaxin 30 μg/kg/day and 5254 patients to control. Worsening heart failure to day 5 occurred in 6.0% and 8.1% of patients randomized to serelaxin and control, respectively (hazard ratio 0.77, 95% confidence interval 0.67–0.89; P = 0.0002). Serelaxin had no statistically significant effect on length of stay, or cardiovascular death, or heart or renal failure rehospitalization. Serelaxin administration resulted in statistically significant improvement in markers of renal function and reductions in both N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide and troponin. No significant adverse outcomes were noted with serelaxin. Through the last follow-up, which occurred at an average of 4.5 months (1–6 months), serelaxin administration was associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality, with an estimated hazard ratio of 0.87 (95% confidence interval 0.77–0.98; P = 0.0261). Conclusions: Administration of intravenous serelaxin to patients admitted for AHF was associated with a highly significant reduction in the risk of 5-day worsening heart failure and in changes in renal function markers, but not length of stay, or cardiovascular death, or heart or renal failure rehospitalization. Serelaxin administration was safe and associated with a significant reduction in all-cause mortality.
- Acute heart failure
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine