Optimal Usage of Sacubitril/Valsartan for the Treatment of Heart Failure: The Importance of Optimizing Heart Failure Care in Canada Journal Articles uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction represents approximately 50% of the 600,000 Canadians currently living with HF and over 90,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor, sacubitril/valsartan, demonstrated superior efficacy in reducing cardiovascular death and HF hospitalization over standard of care therapy. METHODS: The potential magnitude of benefit in Canada with respect to preventing or postponing deaths and reducing hospitalizations resulting from its optimal implementation in patients with HF with an ejection fraction <40% was estimated based on published sources. RESULTS: Of the potentially eligible 225,562 patients, this would amount to the prevention of 4699 cardiovascular deaths and first HF hospitalizations, 3698 thirty-day HF readmissions, and 2820 deaths due to all-cause mortality. The number of patients receiving sacubitril/valsartan nationally in 2018 was 27,267. This represents approximately 12% of the calculated eligible population for this therapy in Canada. CONCLUSIONS: The findings from this analysis suggest that a substantial number of deaths, hospitalizations, and HF readmissions could potentially be avoided by optimal usage of sacubitril/valsartan therapy in Canada. This emphasizes the importance of rapidly and appropriately implementing evidence-based medications into routine clinical practice, to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients with HF and to reduce the high burden and cost of HF in Canada.


  • Huitema, Ashlay A
  • Daoust, Alexia
  • Anderson, Kim
  • Poon, Stephanie
  • Virani, Sean
  • White, Michel
  • Rojas-Fernandez, Carlos
  • Zieroth, Shelley
  • McKelvie, Robert

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  • September 2020