Sacubitril/Valsartan in an Elderly Patient with Heart Failure: A Case Report

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Abstract

Sacubitril/valsartan has recently been approved for the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Given its recent introduction in the armamentarium for the treatment of heart failure (HF), “field-practice” evidence is required to deepen the clinical management of sacubitril/valsartan therapy. We report a relevant case of an elderly patient who achieved major clinical benefits after only 3 months of sacubitril/valsartan therapy. Importantly, in our assessment, we employed speckle tracking echocardiography (STE), a recent echocardiography technique that is non-Doppler and not angle dependent, which analyzes deformations of heart chambers from standard images and allows a fast, reliable, and reproducible assessment of heart function. After 3 months of therapy, NHYA class decreased from III to I-II and hypertension was controlled. Echocardiography examination also showed a marked improvement, with a reduction of left ventricular diameter, improved diastolic function (E = 0.39 m/s; A 0.69 m/s; E/A 0.55), normalized diastolic function index (E/E' TDI = 6.93), normalized atrial volume (63 mL), and improved atrial strain (15.44%). This case report documents the fast clinical and symptom improvement with sacubitril/valsartan in an elderly patient with HF; comprehensive echocardiographic assessment, including STE, also revealed a marked functional improvement with this compound.

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