American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 211–218 | Cite as

Short-Term Effects of Tolvaptan in Tricuspid Insufficiency Combined with Left Heart Valve Replacement-Caused Volume-Overload Patients: Results of a Prospective Pilot Study

  • Fang Yuan
  • Zhangmin Wu
  • Li JiangEmail author
  • Jun Zhou
  • Lei Xu
  • Hua Liu
  • Lan Ma
  • Zhenzhou Zhai
  • Junjie Zhang
Original Research Article



Our objective was to explore the effects of tolvaptan as a new therapeutic approach in patients with right heart failure with tricuspid insufficiency (TI).


This prospective, multicenter, non-randomized controlled pilot study enrolled patients (N = 40) with TI from the Shanghai Chest Hospital and Shanghai Tongren Hospital who fulfilled inclusion criteria between March 2015 and June 2016. Participants were assigned to receive either tolvaptan combined with torasemide (n = 20) or torasemide monotherapy (n = 20; control group). The primary endpoints were changes in patient weight and in tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) after 10 days of treatment. The secondary endpoints included net fluid balance and cardiac functions before and after medication from the first to the tenth day of treatment. Safety was evaluated by monitoring adverse and serious adverse events.


TAPSE significantly increased in the tolvaptan group compared with the control group after 10 days of medication (P = 0.029). Daily weight losses in the tolvaptan group significantly increased as the time of treatment increased (time × group, P = 0.022). Recovery to New York Heart Association (NYHA) grade I occurred 4 days earlier in the tolvaptan group. In addition, the net fluid balance and median net fluid balance were significantly higher in the tolvaptan group. Eight adverse events and one serious adverse event were recorded in the tolvaptan group and 15 adverse events were recorded in the control group.


Our results indicate that tolvaptan might be a useful and safe drug to improve heart function in patients with right heart failure with TI after left heart valve replacement.

Clinical Trial Registration identifier no. NCT02644616.


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of interest

Fang Yuan, Zhangmin Wu, Li Jiang, Jun Zhou, Lei Xu, Hua Liu, Lan Ma, Zhenzhou Zhai, and Junjie Zhang have no conflicts of interest that might be relevant to the contents of this manuscript.

Availability of data and material

All data generated or analyzed during this study are included in this article.


This study was funded by the Acute Heart Failure Specialist (Grant number: 20162002).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Yuan
    • 1
  • Zhangmin Wu
    • 1
  • Li Jiang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jun Zhou
    • 1
  • Lei Xu
    • 2
  • Hua Liu
    • 2
  • Lan Ma
    • 3
  • Zhenzhou Zhai
    • 4
  • Junjie Zhang
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Cardiology, Tongren HospitalShanghai Jiaotong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Cardiology, Shanghai Chest HospitalShanghai Jiaotong UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Department of Ultrasound, Shanghai Chest HospitalShanghai Jiaotong UniversityShanghaiChina
  4. 4.Department of Emergency, Tongren HospitalShanghai Jiaotong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina

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